Trainer Pep Guardiola (l.) und Kevin De Bruyne wollen nach zahlreichen Rückschlägen mit Manchester City endlich die Champions League.

Manchester City is the most likely candidate to play the return leg of the quarter-finals at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Contrary to the final score 1-0 in the first leg, Pep Guardiola’s side were almost in all respects superior to the Spanish champions, who failed to find a shot on target in the 90 minutes. Thus, departing on Wednesday evening in Madrid would be a huge disappointment from the city’s perspective – and another chapter in the long history of the failure of first-class citizens.


Since the accession of investor Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Champions League title has been the club’s stated goal. Despite the years of dominance in the English Premier League, it was not enough to achieve great success on the international stage. Even some shows ended awkwardly and early. subordinate sportsBUZZER looks at Manchester City’s paltry record in the Champions League, which was finally forgotten by winning the handle bowl this year.

2011/2012 season: Preliminary round

Despite beating early group winners Bayern Munich on the last day of the match Manchester City out with ten points. The sticking point is the 2-1 loss at Napoli, which eventually finished second in the group stage. The Nationals head to the Europa League, where they end up in the round of 16 against Sporting Lisbon.

2012/2013 season: Preliminary round

The second Champions League season ends with a meager three points (three draws) at the bottom of the table. On the final day of the match, they lost 1-0 in Dortmund – and missed Europa League qualification. At the end of the season, coach Roberto Mancini was forced to leave

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2013/2014 season: Eliminated in the round of 16

Under Manuel Pellegrini, City are standing at the end of the road after a 2-0 home defeat and a 2-1 loss at Camp Nou to Barcelona. Lionel Messi and Dani Alves in particular caused big problems for the team, as both scored two goals for Barcelona.

2014/2015 season: Eliminated in the round of 16

The citizens would have liked to save themselves from deja vu: as in the previous season, they failed in the round of 16 in Barcelona. After a 2-1 draw in Manchester, Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic lifted his team to the quarter-finals and eliminated Manuel Pellegrini’s team from the tournament.

2015/2016 season: Out in the semi-finals

City’s most successful Champions League season to date ended in the semi-final against Real Madrid. After the 0-0 draw in the first leg, fans at the Santiago Bernabéu watched a difficult match in which Los Blancos won with an own goal by Fernando. Despite reaching the Champions League semi-finals, Manuel Pellegrini was released at the end of the season.

2016/2017 season: Eliminated in the round of 16

After City turned from 2-3 down into a furious 5-3 win over Monaco at home in the first leg, frustration followed in the second leg. In Monaco, the Nationals lose 1: 3 – the end of the first Champions League season under Pep Guardiola.


2017/2018 season: Eliminated in the quarter-finals.

After losing 3-0 at Anfield, City were unable to get past a 2-1 draw with Liverpool at home. After an early lead by Jesus, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino destroyed all dreams of the semi-finals.

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2018/2019 season: He was eliminated in the quarter-finals

It couldn’t have been closer: in the British duel against Tottenham (going 0-1) both teams presented a spectacle of the highest quality. After 25 minutes, City is already 3-2 ahead, and Aguero makes it 4-2 in the second half. After a goal from Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente and a missed goal from Raheem Sterling in injury time, the drama ended 4-3 – the championship ended for Man City.

2019/20 season: He was eliminated in the quarter-finals

She started as a top candidate in the coronavirus-related final tournament in Lisbon, the last stop against the stark outsider Olympique Lyonnais. The Citizens deservedly lost 3-1 against Ligue 1. After just 24 minutes, Man City trailed when Maxwell Cornet surrendered. Kevin De Bruyne scored the equalizer in the meantime. But Moussa Dembele with two goals before the end caused City to fail again prematurely in the first division.

Season 20/21: final defeat

Only Manchester City were allowed to participate in the Champions League at all because the International Court of Sport (CAS) for Sport overturned the ban – and reached the final of the competition for the first time in the club’s history. In the all-English showdown against Chelsea, it was German player Kai Havertz who broke the dream of the great citizen who was so close to goal.


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