And manage in: Never underestimate how hard it is to win

Edin Dzeko of Roma
Edin Dzeko of Roma

15 Abril, 2018

Prioritising the Premier League, attempting to palm off a Champions League exit as just one of those things, does not wash. I was today with my chairman.

Pep Guardiola is set to continue his lavish spending habits at Manchester City as the Spaniard is being tipped to take the club's transfer expenditure over £600m in just two years, as he targets three hefty additions in the summer window.

"I just thought that if they score an early goal and it stayed one-nil until half time, once the second half came we would score at some stage and you can never back away from Mo [Salah] and Bobby Firmino". Milner took charge of the midfield and steered the team home to an incredible victory.

His situation is a lot brighter than that of one of his City predecessors, Mark Hughes, who at the moment is struggling to escape responsibility for getting two teams relegated in the same season.

Antena 3, the Spanish TV channel, said it had analysed on Wednesday night footage of Guardiola's comments to the referee and that he had said "shut your mouth" in Spanish before putting his index finger to his lips as Lahoz left the field at the Etihad Stadium.

At Bayern Munich, he had Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller leading the attacking line in addition to a supporting cast which included Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery - and still the Bavarian side managed to ship 12 goals across three knock-out ties. From my point of view (and for full disclosure I am a City fan) it was a goal.

Arsène Wenger is in a category of his own in this regard, flatlining as usual with progress in a cup as a side interest, but even allowing Arsenal the benefit of the doubt there are question marks against the names of managers at the above clubs plus Leicester, Everton, West Ham, Southampton, Stoke and West Brom.

"We are Barcelona and we've got a 4-1 lead against Roma from the first leg", they may have been thinking.

Liverpool will discover their semi-final opponents when the draw is made on Friday - although there's a good chance Kelly already knows. For the most part, too, it is experienced coaches and leaders going through the churn.

His obsession to detail was illustrated last week when he was spotted methodically lining up reporters' recording devices in front of him at his press conference.

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