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Opinion: Pep Guardiola is not the best manager in history

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We have to talk about the general conception that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in history, we agree to disagree on that one.

There is no denying that Pep Guardiola could perhaps be one of the most precocious managers in football history, but he still is a long way from being the best ever.

That distinction is still Sir Alex Ferguson’s and even Rinus Michels has a bigger claim to this title than Pep does.

The Catalan manager does rank pretty high on our list of the very best, but there is an elevated amount of people who are already placing him above the Scotsman or the Dutchman.

We can’t forget that these two managers are considered football treasures and what they accomplished might never be repeated again.

Even though we know that Pep Guardiola is still very young and has a long career ahead of him, we still have our doubts to whether he will ever reach the same number of won titles than Ferguson did throughout his career.

And what’s even more impressive than any other manager’s accomplishments, is that Sir Alex did most of it with a single club.

We may never see another coach who accomplishes so much with just one club ever again, Pep Guardiola certainly won’t be able to do it during his career. We can bet on that.

Guardiola’s real competitors for the claim.

As of right now, Pep has the same number of Champions League trophies than Sir Alex Ferguson won.

However, Guardiola has won 27 titles throughout his career in the span of a decade and the Scotsman has an incredible 48 titles in total.

This number is hard to believe, Pep needs at least another 21 titles in order to reach the former Manchester United manager.

There is nobody who actually disputes that ‘Fergie’ is the best ever, Guardiola will have a tough time reaching these numbers and he would have to keep coaching for at least another 20 years.

The Catalan manager can get to these numbers but modern football tends to wear out any manager regardless of his skills.

We are currently looking at Jose Mourinho going through a rough time in his career, the same manager who was considered just as precocious as Guardiola when he started his managerial career.

Pep does go in a different way about his methods when you compare him to Mourinho, but that doesn’t mean that the job doesn’t drain his energy as it should.

The modern era is way more demanding than the old days for football managers, they have to adapt to several new aspects of the game that they didn’t consider back then.

The other managers with a claim to the title.

Contrary to Sir Alex Ferguson, Rinus Michels didn’t really win as many trophies as the Scotsman did during his career.

However, the contributions that the Dutch manager made to football history can’t really be measured in trophies.

Michels is arguably one of the most influential figures in modern football, his Total Football concept has gone through several reinventions but the core concept remains that same.

You could even say that Pep Guardiola is one of the natural heirs of Rinus Michel’s school of thought, only the Catalan manager perfected his methods.

The only manager who is considered among the best in history that Guardiola has surpassed already is his own mentor, the late great Johan Cruyff.

Pep Guardiola still has a long way to go in order to become the best manager in history, he certainly still hasn’t reached this status and anybody who says this is completely bonkers.

We encourage any person who has this claim to read a book about football history or pick up the biography of any of the managers that we mentioned in this opinion piece.

Why do you think people claim that Pep Guardiola is the best manager in history? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.