The Argentine footballer and the Catalan coach were united at FC Barcelona between 2008 and 2012, going through a period of notable successes that would not be understood without their binomial and all the companions. Since they parted ways, they have met five times.
The dynamics of confrontations between the two have been linear, with victories for each occasion in which they have served as local, three for Lionel Messi and two for Pep Guardiola. Tonight it is Santpedor’s turn to lead his team in front of his fans at the Etihad Stadium and, if the same trend continues, he should prevail. The previous crosses were the following:
May 6, 2015. The 2014-15 Champions League semi-final first leg left us one of the most iconic moments of his career. One of his two goals left Jerome Boateng on the grass and the last one from Neymar Da Silva closed a dreamy night.
May 12, 2015. On the second leg of the same tie, the Bavarians sought the comeback and went ahead after seven minutes with a goal from Mehdi Benatia. However, the Catalans would react with a double by Neymar Da Silva before half an hour of play is reached. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller gave the Germans a sterile victory.
October 19, 2016. The third day of Group C ended with a win thanks to a hat-trick by Lionel Messi, followed by a goal in the last minutes by Neymar Da Silva.
November 1, 2016. On the fourth date of the same group, starting the second round, the Catalan coach’s revenge took place. The only Barça defeat in the group began with a goal from Lionel Messi and the subsequent local comeback, with a double from Ilkay Gündogan and a goal from Kevin De Bruyne.
September 28, 2021. The second date of Group A of this edition of the Champions League left a new triumph for the Argentine, this time with the Parisians, who closed an email opened by his teammate Idrissa Gueye.
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