Guardiola 'delighted' for Ajax boss Ten Hag

Pep Guardiola crossed paths with Erik ten Hag at Bayern Munich and has wished his former colleague well for Ajax's semi-final with Spurs.

Published : Apr 19, 2019 22:02 IST

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will retain an interest in the Champions League through a Bayern Munich connection as Erik ten Hag's Ajax bid to complete a stunning European triumph.

City beat Tottenham 4-3 in Wednesday's quarterfinal second leg at Etihad Stadium, but it was not enough to stop it crashing out on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw following its 1-0 loss last week.

Guardiola therefore missed out on a reunion with Ten Hag, whose Ajax side produced another remarkable away performance to overcome Juventus in its last-eight tie.

The two managers worked together at Bayern, where Ten Hag coached the German giant's reserve team for two years before returning to his homeland with Utrecht and then Ajax.

City's conqueror Spurs nows stand between the Dutch side and a place in the final of the Champions League, and Guardiola is wishing his former colleague well. 

"I was lucky to meet him at Bayern and he was an assistant from the second team. We had a lot of chats," he said at Friday's news conference.

"I'm delighted where he is, a historical club. It would have been a pleasure to play him. I wish him a good two games and I will be watching on TV."

Ajax also knocked out three-in-a-row champion Real Madrid en route to the last four, and Guardiola is not ruling out a first continental success since 1995 for the Eredivisie club.

"They have more chances [to win the title] than Man City this season, so we'll see," he joked. "One stage more to go to the final."

Barcelona and Liverpool will contest the other Champions League semifinal after seeing off Manchester United and Porto respectively in the quarters.

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