Thursday May 05, 2022. 16:07
With Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City eliminated from the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, words uttered by the agent of former Citizen Yaya Toure in 2018 was brought up again after he claimed that an ‘African curse’ would be placed on him.
City faced Real Madrid in this season’s installment of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, with the Citizens coming off second-best at the Bernabeu.
The English side took a narrow 4-3 aggregate lead to Spain from the first-leg and was deemed to be one of the favourites to go all the way in the competition.
Riyaa Mahrez put the visitors ahead in the 73rd minute, as they led 5-3 on aggregate with around 15 minutes to go. As some Madrid supporters were seen leaving the stadium in disappointment, Los Blancos scored twice before the end of regulation time, courtesy of a brace from Rodrygo.
Karim Benzema got the final say with regards to the scoresheet as he calmly slotted away a penalty in the 95th minute, as City had no reply thereafter.
That said, it has now been 11 years since Guardiola had won the prestigious showpiece. Subsequently, football fans on social media remembered comments made by the agent of Toure, pertaining to Guardiola falling short in the Champions League with City.
In 2018, Dimitriy Seluk told Russian sports publication Sport24, exactly how he felt regarding the relationship Toure had with the ex-Barcelona manager.
“Many Africans turned away from Manchester City,” Seluk told the Russian publication.
“And I’m sure that many African shamans will prevent Guardiola from winning the Champions League in the future.
“It will be like an African curse for Guardiola, life will show if I’m right or not.”