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Pep Guardiola has been the subject of recent speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona, the club where he made his name both as a player and a manager, with the rumours only intensifying after the Catalan outfit tweeted about his efforts in Saturday night's Champions League final.
Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea ran out 1-0 victors on the night after a Kai Havertz goal just before the interval was enough to separate the two teams, despite sustained periods of Manchester City pressure late on.
Pep Guardiola's wait for a third Champions League title as manager goes on after he tasted defeat in his first final since 2011, where his Barcelona side put on one of the greatest performances in European football history to beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley.
After the game, Barcelona's official twitter account sent well-wishes to a triumphant Chelsea, while acknowledging Guardiola's achievement in reaching the final with Man City.
The tweet read: "Congratulations to @ChelseaFC on winning the 2020/21 @ChampionsLeague title and recognition to Pep Guardiola’s @ManCity for their season."
Before the game, Barcelona president Joan Laporta was asked whether it was his dream to bring Guardiola back to the Camp Nou, but he kept his cards close to his chest, simply responding: "I hope Pep wins the Champions League tomorrow because he is a good friend of mine."
The chances of Guardiola returning to Barcelona anytime soon appear unlikely given he only signed a contract extension with Man City in November of last year.
The former Barca boss will be disappointed after his City side spurned a fantastic chance to secure their first ever Champions League title, as well as their first European honour of any kind since 1970.
He came in for some stern criticism after the game over his decision to drop both holding midfielders in Rodri and Fernandinho, something he has only done once previously in City's 60-game season – the decision backfired spectacularly.
However, before the contest, Guardiola was asked whether the impact of the result would have any factor in where he sees his future, but the City manager stood firm in his response as he explained: “No, I’m staying.”
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