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'Pep Stole The Champions League From Man City'

A Bayern Munich legend has insisted that Pep Guardiola "stole" the UEFA Champions League from Manchester City and deserves the harsh criticism he has received since.

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The Citizens' wait for a first European trophy since 1970 continues after their 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League final in Portugal on Saturday.

Guardiola has received quite a bit of flak for starting without a holding midfielder in that match, and Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus is another who has not held back against the former Bavarians manager.

"With his line-up he stole the Champions League from the club and the fans, and he has to rightly listen to the harsh criticism from all sides," Matthaus told Sky Germany.

"I am sure that there will be internal discussions about whether to part with him. The players will doubt him since that final.

"He had to try something again, present an imaginary ingenuity at the worst possible moment and totally deserved to lose.

"How can you play without a defensive midfielder in the most important game in club history, who was on the pitch in almost every game of the season, who ensures the balance, who gives everyone involved the necessary security?

"Why did he leave Rodri and/or Fernandinho out, start six attacking players and also play without a centre-forward?"

Check out the incredible images below to see how Chelsea celebrated winning the European trophy: 

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