‘I can’t believe he got it so WRONG at such a big moment’: Pep Guardiola labeled a ‘DISGRACE’ by Jamie O’Hara for his team selection in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea … and insists that Man City coach was ‘arrogant’ for not changing his tactics
- Manchester City lost to Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday
- The Premier League champions struggled to create throughout the game
- Pep Guardiola has been criticized for his team selection in the aftermath
- And Jamie O’Hara didn’t hesitate when asked about Guardiola’s approach
Jamie O’Hara has labeled Pep Guardiola a ‘disgrace’ for his selection of Manchester City teams in Saturday night’s Champions League defeat to Chelsea.
An attack from Kai Havertz in the first half was enough for the Blues to claim their second European Cup, while City continues to wait for silverware in Europe after a disappointing showing in Porto.
And Guardiola – who chose not to start with a natural defensive midfielder and instead played Raheem Sterling in an attacking starting XI – has come under scrutiny for his tactics, especially from ex-Tottenham man O’Hara.
Pep Guardiola has been labeled a ‘disgrace’ for his team selection on Saturday evening
Manchester City collapsed to beat Chelsea in the Champions League final in Porto
‘I couldn’t believe what I was watching. It’s one of the worst performances I’ve seen in Manchester City in a long time. Bottle jobs. And an absolute disaster for a Pep Guardiola squad, ”said O’Hara talkSPORT.
‘I can’t believe he was so wrong at such a big time. Chelsea were brilliant, they were solid, they were organized. They were all over Man City in the first half. They had their number.
“Guardiola was so wrong with the team selection without a midfielder. If Timo Werner had been able to shoot, it would have been 3-0 at half time. They were all over them.
“Man City haven’t really created a single clear chance, apart from the one that Foden was in and… [Antonio] Rudiger made a brilliant tackle. Reece James had Sterling in his pocket. I can’t believe Sterling even started the game with the form he was in.
‘I couldn’t believe what I was watching. It was a shame on Pep Guardiola. ‘
O’Hara also insisted the Spanish coach was “arrogant” because he did not change his approach at half time.
Chelsea won the European Cup for the second time after their first success in 2012
Jamie O’Hara insisted that the Spanish coach should take the blame for City’s latest defeat
Pep Guardiola’s arrogance at half-time for not holding up his hands and saying, “I’m wrong, we’re still in the game, I need to call in Fernandinho now and get it sorted,” he added.
He waited until the 64th minute to change it and then they were in control, but you can’t destroy this Chelsea team in half an hour. You need a longer period. It was too little, too late.
“Pep Guardiola has to go into that dressing room and apologize to every player because he is the one who cost them the Champions League.”