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Man City legend sends a message to Guardiola after Champions League defeat

Former Manchester City striker, Gareth Taylor has told the team’s manager, Pep Guardiola to keep his chin up after losing the Champions League Final to Chelsea on Saturday. The City women’s coach, Taylor, told Guardiola to look at Thomas Tuchel’s journey to the title this season after losing last season’s final to Bayern Munich.

The Premier League champions were looking for a double when they lined-up to play rivals Chelsea at the Estadio do Dragao stadium in Portugal. The Blues ran out 1-0 winner after Kai Havertz scored a good goal just before half-time.

Speaking to the club’s website at the end of the game, Taylor, who is now the head coach for Manchester City’s women team expressed his delight in Pep’s management of the men’s team but admits that losing the final in such manner to Premier League rivals would hurt.

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“We know Pep has been successful before in winning this trophy and it’s something he really wants to bring to the Club. This will hurt him because we’ve got so close. It’s something he really wanted to achieve. That speaks volumes because of the way he feels he’s really been backed here. He’s really produced,” he told mancity.com

Taylor then used the opportunity to remind Guardiola that you win some and lose some in football. “Look at the Chelsea manager – he lost this Final last year and he had that feeling. Now, he’s come back and won it. That’s football – sometimes you win and sometimes you lose”

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Gareth Taylor played for Manchester City from 1998 to 2001. He returned as a coach in 2011 and in the summer of 2017 was appointed City’s academy manager, replacing Lee Carsley. 

Having previously overseen the Club’s Under-16s, he then led City’s Under-18s for three seasons, helping to develop the fledgling careers of many young players and guiding the team to successive Premier League U18 Cup victories in 2019 and 2020.

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