Manchester City has an ugly record when travelling to Spain in the Champions League. They will travel to Spain to see their second leg match against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League, with a 1-0 advantage. After that, however, the tie is open, and Pep Guardiola is very cautious of Atlético’s threat in the attack.
During his maiden campaign in England, City was drawn against Barcelona in the competition’s group stage and travelled to face a different team. However, a 4-0 defeat that killed City’s chances of progression, courtesy of Messi’s hat-trick and Bravo’s red card, quickly put any hopes and dreams to bed.
It was a very different case when Guardiola’s side returned to Spain almost four years later against Real Madrid. After back-to-back Premier League titles, the drop-off in performances during the 2019/20 season was noticeable, but that certainly wasn’t the scenario in their Champions League last-16 clash.
Pre-Guardiola, City’s record is poor. Despite two victories over Villarreal and Seville in the group phase, the club has lost six times on Spanish soil since 1969.
In 2016, the most notable defeat was the 1-0 loss in the semi-final second-leg against Real Madrid. Despite having a 0-0 draw against the Spanish giants in Manchester, Bale’s low cross was deflected by Fernando into the back of his net for the only goal of the return leg.
The club also faced Barcelona in back-to-back last-16 clashes between 2014 and 2015, with stinging defeats at the Camp Nou in each tie the Blues’ downfall – a stadium where City remains winless.
On Wednesday, Guardiola and his players will be looking to halt that trend and confirm their spot in the last four of this year’s competition. Of course, a 0-0 draw would take City through, but the Catalan will know the tie can turn on its head instantly and will want his side to go for the win in the Spanish capital.