Looking back at Pep Guardiola’s 3 years at Manchester City

Let’s go down memory lane to the day Pep Guardiola signed his contract with Manchester City, it’s been a wild ride for the Catalan manager.

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been three years since Pep Guardiola took control of Manchester City as the new boss, the Catalan manager seems like he has been coaching the Citizens for many years and yet he’s been around in English football for a short period of time.

It was clear that Pep Guardiola would go on to become a world-class manager from the very start of his career, his first year in Barcelona alone was a perfect indicator of the ideology that he would go on to implement in every club he managed.

Given how much success he’s had throughout his whole career in just one decade, we can already tell that Pep Guardiola has the potential to become the best manager in football history and take that title from Sir Alex Ferguson.

When comparing both men there are many things to consider, Pep won all the trophies on the very first year he coached a professional football club and the Scotsman needed several years to get the first one at Manchester United (the FA Cup).

The Red Devils’ legendary boss needed many years to implement the football philosophy that went on to become the norm at the club, whereas Pep Guardiola has only needed three years to help the players understand his concepts perfectly and execute them as he wants every single weekend.

Just to place everything in perspective, Guardiola only brought Riyad Mahrez to the club last summer and the Algerian winger can say that he is already fully integrated into the offensive style that Guardiola preaches.

But not everything worked out at the beginning, the Catalan manager did struggle to convey his message to all the players at first.

There is a very telling video from one of Pep’s very first training sessions in which you can see his frustrated face when he talks to the players, his concepts can sometimes be very difficult to understand at first but the players learned relatively quickly.

After a first season with absolutely no trophies during the adapting period, the second year was where the magic truly started for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

This man is very much like those film directors who are easy to recognize only after one frame of the movie or a piece of dialogue, one can easily know when a Quentin Tarantino movie or a Wes Anderson film at playing.

Pep has managed to become recognizable in his style, and that’s a very hard thing to do in football.

The results are the best presentation card that Pep could ask for, it took him one year to set historic records in the Premier League.

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The man won the League Cup and the Premier League on his second season, but he did it by getting the highest number of points ever achieved in the tournament’s history (100 points) and the highest number of goals scored as well (106).

During that second season, Guardiola also won a record 18 consecutive Premier League matches and his stats are just as impressive after three years at the club.

Out of the 151 matches coached by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, the squad has 109 wins, 20 draws, and 22 defeats. But perhaps the most significant stat that the Catalan manager achieved is on his overall career as a manager, he recently reached 600 matches as a professional manager and the numbers are simply staggering.

The man has 434 victories, 100 draws, only 66 defeats, a 72.3% win ratio, 1,485 goals scored, only 464 goals conceded, 25 trophies so far, and he holds the record for most consecutive victories in La Liga, the Bundesliga, and the Premier League.

And the man has only started his career as a manager, usually coaches at top level get to manage for more than two decades and Pep Guardiola seems like he is having the time of his life right now. Here’s to another 10 years of massive success.

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