Pep Guardiola, a true master of winning finals at club level

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City poses for a photo with the trophy and his coaching staff following victory in the Carabao Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

After winning the Carabao Cup against Chelsea last Sunday, Pep Guardiola presents himself as a true master of winning football finals at club level.

Now that a couple of days have gone by after Pep Guardiola’s first step towards the historic Quadruple, we need to talk about the Catalan manager’s incredible record in finals of any competitions he’s played at club level.

The Catalan manager has a perfect score at Manchester City so far, where he’s played a total of three finals and won every single one of them.

Once we take a step back and see the overall record that he has at club level, we can see that Guardiola doesn’t have a perfect score but he still has a very impressive record when it comes to playing matches that will give him a new title.

Let us take you through each of the three club’s he’s ever managed and tell you which of all the final’s he’s ever played weren’t good enough for him to win.

Guardiola has lost a few of them during his career, especially when he managed Bayern Munich in Germany during three very difficult seasons he had with the German giants.

Even Guardiola said it himself, his first experience as a manager was a very fortunate period in which he had the best possible players under his command and they helped him win pretty much everything they played during his first experience as a professional manager.

During his four complete seasons at FC Barcelona, Pep Guardiola played a total of 12 finals and only lost one of them.

That game in question is the unforgettable match against Real Madrid in the 2011 Copa del Rey final, the one in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning header that prevented the Blaugrana from winning their second treble under the Catalan manager.

Pep finished his spell at FC Barcelona as the most successful manager in the club’s history, he did this by winning a total of three Spanish Supercup Finals, two European Supercup Finals, two Copa del Rey Finals, two Champions League Finals, and two FIFA Club World Cup Finals.

We can also add three consecutive La Liga trophies between 2008 and 2011, but those can’t be counted as finals for this specific analysis.

After winning so much at Barcelona and taking a year off, the Catalan manager was about to embark on his biggest challenge with Bayern Munich and effectively suffered the most complicated times of his career.

It was in Germany where Pep Guardiola was able to experience the biggest let downs of his life, the Catalan manager never reached a Champions League final with the Bavarian squad.

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As soon as he started his spell after the Treble that the German club won under Jupp Heynckes, Pep continued his rivalry with Jose Mourinho by defeating Chelsea in the European Supercup final and he won the FIFA Club World Cup.

However, it didn’t take him long to lose the German Supercup final, a tournament that Pep played three times and was never able to win.

During his time at Bayern, the Catalan manager lost this competition twice against Jürgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund, and once against Wolfsburg.

If our math is correct here, Pep Guardiola has already played a total of 23 finals between the three club’s he’s coached throughout his career, and only lost four of them so far.

This is by no means a bad record to have, as Pep Guardiola has one of the most successful careers in football history due to how young he still is.

The Catalan manager also has seven more league trophies between his spells at Barcelona, Bayern, and Manchester City, with a total of 26 titles as a professional manager.

Although he is still far from Sir Alex Ferguson’s impressive 49 titles, the Catalan manager still has a long career to catch up to the legendary Scottish manager.

How long do you think it will take Pep Guardiola to reach Sir Alex Ferguson’s 49 career titles? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.


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