Pep Guardiola wants to win the Champions League with Manchester City – that much is obvious – but what will happen if he doesn’t get the chance to manage them in that tournament next season?
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Manchester City are still waiting to hear whether or not they will be suspended from the Champions League for the next two seasons after breaking FIFA Fair Play rules.
If they are suspended, then a number of players may want to leave as the Champions League is the ultimate prize for most footballers. What about the manager, where will he stand on the suspension?
Pep has already stated he wants to stay at the club, but he might change his mind if the suspension gets the go-ahead.
We have a look at the potential clubs he could go to, if he decides to leave Manchester City:
Pep Guardiola’s Next Club: Juventus @ 4/7 Paddy Power
Juventus are currently managed by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri and they lead the way at the top of Serie A by one point ahead of Lazio. Juventus have won the Serie A title for the last eight years, but they haven’t won the Champions League since 1996. That is the ultimate goal for the Italian side, and they may need someone like Guardiola to achieve that dream. Sarri left Chelsea at the end of the 2018-19 season having won the Europa League and Juve wouldn’t think twice of getting rid of him if Guardiola became available.
Pep Guardiola’s Next Club: Barcelona @ 5/1 Paddy Power
Pep has a lot of links with Barcelona, he started off as a youth player and represented the club at C and B level. He made his first-team debut for Barcelona in 1990 under Johan Cruyff. He soon became a regular and went on to play 263 times for the club, winning seven La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey’s, the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and the European Cup. He left Barca in 2001 and had spells with Brescia, Roma, Al-Ahli and Dorados before returning to Spain as manager of Barcelona B. He then replaced Frank Rijkaard as manager of the first team for the start of the 2008-09 season and he went on to win three La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey’s and two Champions League titles at Barca. He is seen as a legend of the club and would be welcomed back with open arms. They say never go back, will Pep?
Pep Guardiola’s Next Club: PSG @ 6/1 Paddy Power
Paris Saint Germain are a team willing to buy the best players in the world in search of the Champions League title. They have never won the Champions League and having Pep Guardiola as their manager could be the final piece of the jigsaw. PSG have won the Ligue 1 title for the past two years and are currently managed by Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel was named as PSG manager in 2018 after Unai Emery left the club and has a 77.78%-win rate at the club, but he still hasn’t delivered European success.
Pep Guardiola’s Next Club: Bayern Munich @ 10/1 Paddy Power
Bayern Munich are another club that used to be managed by Pep and again, it’s a case of ‘will he go back’. During his time at Bayern Munich, Pep won the Bundesliga title on three separate occasions, he won the DFB-Pokal twice and the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup once. He never won the Champions League with the German outfit and that will be eating away at him. It is possible he will return to Germany to amend that error if he cannot win the trophy with City.