Opinion: The biggest misconception about Pep Guardiola

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 26: Head coach Josep Guardiola (L) of Barcelona shakes hands with head coach Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid prior of the La Liga match at Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Now that Pep Guardiola has lost his chance to win a Champions League for the sixth consecutive time, we need to debunk a misconception about him.

Absolute winners like Pep Guardiola have to live with the struggle of being a number one from the very first moment they reach the very top.

A lot of Guardiola’s critics have been hiding under a rock waiting for him to fail and they are having a field day right now.

We believe that Pep Guardiola’s only flaw is his excessive modesty, he shouldn’t be so apologetic because he is one of the best managers in the world.

Pep Guardiola knows he is the best right now and he also knows that defeat is a given in this profession, it comes with the job description.

The Catalan manager has developed his very own style of football that has even transformed him into an author of sorts.

I always like to compare the best managers in the world to the best film directors, each of them has his own style that set him apart from the rest.

Offensive football through ball possession happens to be Guardiola’s biggest trade, but he knows that it doesn’t always work.

Pep is very aware that every single style that exists has its own value and they all have worked at a certain point in football history.

The Manchester City manager also knows that winning the Champions League has a lot to do with good fortune, but this won’t distract him from his ultimate goal.

The idea that Guardiola’s teams don’t defend well

The most obvious pattern of Pep Guardiola’s Champions League defeats with Bayern Munich and Manchester City are the goals they receive.

Both squads have suffered defensively and this has brought a major misconception about the manager’s style of play.

The critics and pundits who are attempting to analyze Pep Guardiola’s body of work have the misguided idea that Pep doesn’t like defending.

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They think he prioritizes ball possession above everything else but they completely miss the point of what Guardiola is trying to do with his philosophy.

The Catalan manager obviously understands that defending the ball is just as important as scoring them, but he thinks that the best defense comes when the squad is applying high pressure as they try to recover the ball.

The two first goals that Manchester City received against Tottenham Hotspur were an isolated mistake made by Aymeric Laporte.

This shouldn’t be defined as Pep Guardiola’s fault completely because he doesn’t have control of every single player’s mentality during the game.

The Citizens’ manager deserves a little more respect than what he’s been getting in the last 24 hours, his titles speak for themselves.

Guardiola gets support from the least expected source

But in case you fail to see what a great manager Pep Guardiola is, we have a Diego Simeone quote in which he defends the Catalan coach.

The Atletico Madrid manager spoke frankly with Goal about the day when he asked Guardiola about Messi’s ‘False 9’ position.

“I really loved something that I talked about with Guardiola. I asked him back then why he played with Messi as a false striker,” said Simeone during the interview.

“He told me: ‘During the Laudrup era we played with Stoichkov as a winger, this was a perfect way to get him to work on defense without telling him that. When we reached quarterfinals or semifinals with Messi on the right, all the clubs attacked us on the left where he wasn’t playing…'”

“That answer from Pep made me realize that within his passion for attacking football, Guardiola’s intelligence also made him think defensively in order to protect his squad from their rivals.”

“Everything is compatible you see. Guardiola is one of the best in the world. He always tries to find an offensive variable but he also understands how important playing defense is,” concluded Simeone.

Why do you think Pep Guardiola is being attacked so harshly after getting eliminated? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.

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