Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time.
He has won three Spanish La Liga titles with FC Barcelona, three German Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, and five English Premier League titles with Manchester City. Since the 2008-2009 season, he has finished at the top of the table in 11 out of 14 seasons with FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. That’s just in league terms.
With FC Barcelona, he won the Spanish Cup (Copa del Rey) and two UEFA Champions Leagues; with Bayern Munich, two DFB-Pokals; and with Manchester City, one FA Cup and four League Cups. He has also won three FIFA Club World Cups.
However, Guardiola has a question mark hanging over his head. One of the most common criticisms of Guardiola’s career is that he only managed the best teams and best players in their respective leagues.
Guardiola was cool about it.
“Do you know the secret of my success as a manager?” he asked in an interview with Football Daily on Sept. 29. “The secret of my success is that I managed FC Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Elling Holland and Sergio Aguero,” he said.스포츠토토
“I love my mother and grandfather. But without them, you can’t win the Champions League.”
Guardiola’s words, and those of others, are that he has spent his career with the best teams and the best players. At FC Barcelona, he led a Spanish national team lineup that included Messi, and he did the same at Bayern Munich. Manchester City has also invested heavily to build a top lineup.
Guardiola hasn’t denied that the club-player system is in place. Of course, there is no reason to deny it. It works. It’s a sign of self-respect.
Meanwhile, Manchester City will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3 and Inter Milan in the Champions League final on June 10. For Guardiola, it will be 14 years since he won the triple with FC Barcelona in the 2008-2009 season.