‘I cannot believe he got it so WRONG in such a big moment’: Pep Guardiola labelled a ‘DISGRACE’ by Jamie O’Hara for his team selection in Champions League final loss against Chelsea… and insists 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 match
- Pep Guardiola has been criticised for his team selection in the aftermath
- And Jamie O’Hara did not hold back when asked about Guardiola’s approach
Jamie O’Hara has branded Pep Guardiola a ‘disgrace’ for his Manchester City team selection in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday night.
A first-half Kai Havertz strike was enough for the Blues to claim their second European Cup while for City, the wait for silverware in Europe goes on after an underwhelming display in Porto.
And Guardiola – who opted not to start with a natural defensive midfielder and instead played forward Raheem Sterling in an attacking starting XI – has come under the microscope for his tactics, particularly from ex-Tottenham man O’Hara.
Pep Guardiola has been labelled a ‘disgrace’ for his team selection on Saturday evening
Manchester City slumped to defeat against 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 from Manchester City in a long time. Bottle jobs. And an absolute disaster of a team selection from Pep Guardiola,’ O’Hara told talkSPORT.
‘I cannot believe he got it so wrong in such a big moment. Chelsea were brilliant, they were solid, they were organised. They were all over Man City in the first-half. They had their number.
‘Guardiola got it so wrong with the team selection with no holding midfielder. If Timo Werner could shoot, it would have been 3-0 at half-time. They were all over them.
‘Man City didn’t really create one clear-cut chance apart from the one where Foden was in and [Antonio] Rudiger made a brilliant tackle. Reece James had Sterling in his pocket. I cannot believe Sterling even started the game with the form he’s been in.
‘I couldn’t believe what I was watching. It was a disgrace from Pep Guardiola.’
O’Hara also insisted that the Spanish coach was ‘arrogant’ for not changing his approach at half-time.
Chelsea lifted the European Cup for the second time following their first success back in 2012
Jamie O’Hara insisted that the Spanish coach needs to take the blame for City’s final defeat
‘Pep Guardiola’s arrogance at half-time to not hold his hands up and say, “I’ve got this wrong, we’re still in the game, I need to bring Fernandinho on 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 break down this Chelsea team in half an hour. You need a longer period of time. It was too little, too late.
‘Pep Guardiola should go in that dressing room and apologise to every single player because he’s the one that’s cost them the Champions League.’