Former Holland player, Ruud Gullit, believes Pep Guardiola has been unable to win the Champions League since leaving Barcelona, because he does not have Lionel Messi anymore.
Guardiola won Europe’s top prize twice with the Spanish giants, first in the 2008/2009 season and again during the 2010/2011 campaign.
He has yet to win the competition since leaving the club, despite managing Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich before taking over at Manchester City, having reached the semi-finals of the competition on multiple occasions with the German side.
The 48-year-old has failed to get City into the last four during his time in charge of the English side, with Wednesday’s failure against Tottenham the second year in a row he’s seen his side knocked out at the quarter-final stage by a domestic rival.
“It’s because he doesn’t have Messi.
“That makes a huge difference.
“He tried to do it with Bayern Munich. He was close every time, but he couldn’t do it.
“Winning the [Bundesliga] championship in Munich is not an achievement anymore because they win it almost every year.
“And I know that Pep, this is what he wants. He wants the Champions League and I feel sorry for him,” Gullit said on beIN SPORTS.