Manchester City’s victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals demonstrated how far the club has come under Pep Guardiola’s leadership. The question now is whether they can continue their dominance to win their first Champions League title.
Manchester City beat Bayern to reach UCL semis
The semi-finals will see City face holders Real Madrid, who knocked them out at the same stage last year. While Guardiola would never be presumptive, the prospect of his team winning a maximum of 13 more matches to claim a treble is tantalizing.
In the game against Bayern Munich, City weathered a storm from the German champions, who were eager to exploit their high line. Leroy Sané’s near-miss added to the excitement and tension in the game. However, it was City who claimed a rare penalty, only for Erling Haaland to miss it. The Allianz Arena erupted in disbelief, and the Bayern players were energized, but City held on.
In the second half, City struggled, and witnessing Guardiola’s team under pressure was a rare occurrence. However, Haaland eventually found the net after a counterattack, securing the aggregate score at 4-1 in City’s favor. Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich converted a late penalty, but it was too late to make a difference.
City’s victory shows how superior they were to Bayern Munich, and even Thomas Tuchel’s frustrations, which led to his dismissal, show that Real Madrid will have a tough task ahead of them in the upcoming semifinals. City will need to maintain their excellent form and avoid complacency to win the Champions League. Still, their potential to win a treble will inspire them to remain focused and determined.