Pep Guardiola one of the most successful coaches in the world is under immense pleasure at his English club Manchester City. Guardiola have never being sacked as coach but his first sack seems to await him at Manchester City. Guardiola’s mandate was to win the champions league in 3 seasons and also be consistent in the premier league. This season, Manchester City are having a bad time in the premier league. Guardiola is deemed failing at Manchester City but let’s take a glimpse at his glamorous career.Brief Career Breakdown of Pep Guardiola.
Josep Guardiola Sala was born on 18 January 1971 in Santpedor, Spain. Guardiola was a professional footballer who played for for Barcelona, AS Roma and Brescia etc. Guardiola joined La Masia at the age of 13 and rose through the ranks at the youth academy of Barcelona for six years. Guardiola was promoted to the Barcelona B team where then coach of Barcelona Yohan Cruyff spotted him and called him up into the Barcelona at the age of 20 in 1990. Guardiola was a defensive midfielder who played in front of the center backs. He made 263 appearances for Barcelona and scored 6 goals a defensive midfielder and also made 57 appearances for the Spanish national team and scoring 5 goals.
Trophies Won as a Player: La Liga 6 trophies, Copa Del Ray 2 trophies, Spanish Super Cup 4 trophies, European cup one trophy, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup one trophy, UEFA Super Cup 2 trophies and 1992 Olympic gold medalist.
Guardiola stared his coaching career on 21 June 2007 at Barcelona B as the head coach. He coached Barcelona B until he was appointed to replace Frank Rijkaard after the 2007-08 season. At Barcelona B, Guardiola guided his team to qualify for the Spanish Segunda B(second tier league is Spain)
Guardiola took charge of the first team in the 2008/09 season which he made a bold decision by offloading some exiting senior players which included Ronaldinho, Deco, Samuel Eto’o, Gianluca Zambrotta, Giovani dos Santos, Yaya Toure and Edmílson. After ofloading such players, he promoted majority of the Barcalona B players t into the first team.
Guardiola successfully coached FC Barcelona from 2008 up-till he announced that he wanted to go on a sabbatical leave to relax and concentrate on his personal life. Guardiola resigned from Barcelona and lift for New York to recover and cool down from the stress of football.
Performance at Barcelona:
Guardiola guided Barcelona into 152 La Liga matches as manager and he won 116, drew 25 and lost 11 scoring 412 goals in the process. Guardiola’s winning percentage at Barcelona was 76%
- UEFA Champions League:2 trophies won(2008–09, 2010–11)
- UEFA Super Cup:2 trophies won(2009, 2011)
- FIFA Club World Cup:2 trophies won(2009, 2011)
- La Liga:3 trophies won(2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11)
- Copa Del Rey:2 trophies won(2008–09, 2011–12)
- Spanish Super Cup:3 trophies won(2009, 2010, 2011)
On 16 January 2013 Bayern Munich announced that they have signed a pre-contract with Pep Guardiola to take over the mantle from the retiring Jupp Heynckes as manager. Guardiola coached Bayern Munich for 3 seasons which he won a lot of honors. On 20 December Pep announced that he will not extend his contract for Bayern Munich and will leave have his contract has ended.
Performance at Bayern
Pep Guardiola managed 102 league games for Bayern Munich which he won 82, drew 11 and lost 9 and scoring 254 goals with 58 conceded. Guadiola’s winning rate at Bayern Munich was 80%
- FIFA Club World Cup:Won it in 2013
- UEFA Super Cup:Won it in 2013
- Bundesliga:3 trophies won(2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16) in 3 seasons
- German Cup:2 trophies won(2013–14, 2015–16)
In the champions league, Guardiola’s Manchester City are in the knockout stages. Guardiola’s mandate on the champions league is on course and likely to be delivered.
In the league cup, Manchester city rivals Manchester united eliminated them early in the league cup competition which was a bad blow to Pep Guardiola.
In the FA Cup, Manchester City are in the fourth round and will play Crystal Palace.
Guardiola Performance Statistics.
Matches: 6 games
Wins: 2 games
Draw: 3 games
Lost: 1 games
Goals Scored: 12 goals
Goals Conceded: 10 goals
Champions League Qualifications;
Matches: 2 games
Wins: 2 games
Status: Qualified to the group stages.
Matches: 21 games
Wins: 13 games
Draw: 3 games
Lost: 5 games
Goals Scored: 41 goals
Goals Conceded: 26 goals
Matches: 1 game
Wins: 1 game
Status: Still in the competition at fourth round.
Matches: 2 games
Wins: 1 game
Lost: 1 game
Status: Out of Competition
Matches: 32 games
Goals Scored: 66 goals
Goals Conceded: 38 goals
Percentage Score: 53%
Guardiola’s Seven Defeats
• Lost away to Everton: 4-0
• Lost away to Liverpool: 1-0
• Lost away to Leicester City: 4-2
• Lost at home to Chelsea: 1-3
• Lost a League Cup away to Manchester United: 1-0
• Lost a champions league game away to Barcelona: 4-0
• Lost away to Tottenham: 2-0
This season, Manchester City is on the fifth position on the league table.
- Chelsea 52 points
2. Tottenham 45 points
3. Liverpool 45 points
4. Arsenal 44 points
5. Manchester City 42 points
6. Manchester United 40 points
Manchester City is in a devastating position on the league table which is far beyond average considering the investment of Manchester City.
Guardiola also have tight games coming up in the next 10 to 12 weeks which can lead to his sack.
EPL: Manchester City vs Tottenham.
FA Cup: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City.
EPL: Westham vs Manchester City
EPL: Manchester City vs Swansea City
EPL: Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Champions League: Manchester City vs Monaco
EPL: Manchester City vs Manchester United
EPL: Sunderland vs Manchester City
EPL: Manchester City vs Stoke City
Champions League: Monaco vs Manchester City
EPL: Manchester City vs Liverpool
EPL: Arsenal vs Manchester City
EPL: Chelsea vs Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola is under immense pressure and with hard crack matches, Guardiola is certainly about to face tough time. There are numerous questions and there can be a new history written as Pep Guardiola can be sacked. If Pep Guardiola is able to be successful at Manchester City, his name will enter the history books as one of the successful coaches ever lived. The Guardiola story is a story of two dice, the successful side and the failure side.
Pep Guardiola in his life have coached only two clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. These two clubs are the biggest in their home country, that is Barcelona is the biggest club in Spain and Bayern Munich is the biggest club in Germany. All the teams he coached are trophy winning teams and thus every Coaching those teams are expected to win a trophy.
At Manchester City, Guardiola is in a different environment thus Manchester City is not the biggest club in England. Manchester City fall below Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United so there is more competition for him in England this situation is like Guardiola coaching Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao in Spain and being expected to win all trophies. If Guardiola succeeds, he will enter the everlasting history books. The likelihood of Pep Guardiola succeeding at Manchester City is very slim. Pep Guardiola will certainly not be sacked though I believe he can not win any trophy this season. Guardiola, if he will be sacked will be in the middle of the 2017-18 season. Posterity will be the best judge of Guardiola’s stay in England and at Manchester City.