The Success of Pep

Pep Guardiola has proven successful wherever he’s managed –he led Barcelona to multiple titles, including three La Ligas and two Champions Leagues. With a team full of superstars like Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi, it’s hardly surprising that Guardiola was so successful at the Nou Camp.

Following four hugely successful years at Barcelona, Guardiola took a year out in order to rest. His psychological battles with Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid had finally taken their toll on him. He returned to management a season later to take over at German heavyweights Bayern Munich.

There, he continued success on a domestic level, winning three Bundesliga titles. However, he was unable to reproduce the success he experienced in continental competitions, with the club losing in the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of his three seasons at the club.

With Manchester City, Pep started slowly, encountering his first trophy-less season in his debut season at the club. However, last seasonproved to be a monumental success, as City won both the League Cup and the Premier League, the latter of which they stormed to success in, breaking multiple records. City will be coming up against an underwhelming Southampton side in early November, a team that this season are one of the favourites in Premier League relegation odds at a price of 4/1. Having failed to score in their last 5 league matches, it is no surprise that the Saints find themselves in a relegation battle. Mark Hughes may want to learn from Guardiola’s Manchester City if he is to guide Southampton to safety.

Last season, City won the highest number of points in Premier League history, with 100, while they also broke the record for the highest numbers of goals scored in a Premier League season, finding the back of the net 106 times.

Pep has proven that he isn’t just successful on the pitch, as he has been able to secure some top players at reasonable prices. The most obvious example being Gerard Pique, who Guardiola brought back to Barcelona in 2008 for just £5 million from Manchester United.

With such an impressive CV already behind him, the following infographic illustrates just how good Pep has been so far.