Josep “Pep” Guardiola Sala
- 3 x La Liga Titles
- 2 x Bundesliga Titles
- 2 x Copa Del Rey Wins
- 1 x DFB Pokal
- 2 x Champions Leagues
- 3 x Spanish Super Cup Wins
- 3 x Uefa Super Cups
- 3 x Fifa World Club Cup
1 serious question…Is he any good?
This week we were all notified that Guardiola was to leave the mighty Bayern Munich at the end of the 15-16 season and be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti. Of course he will add more silverware to his glittering record above before he departs The Allianz Arena in May.
It is however, which club’s doors he walks through in July that we will all be interested in. Man City, Man Utd or Chelsea? The Etihad, Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge?
One things that’s for certain is that whichever club he chooses they are getting a man with an impeccable record. 422 matches managed – 309 wins and just 43 losses – a total win percentage of 73.2%.
But that’s enough about what he has done and achieved, back to the original question…..is he any good?
Look at the teams Guardiola has managed – Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
A selection of the players – Valdes, Puyol, Xavi, Iniesta and Messi – Neuer, Lahm, Ribery, Kroos and Muller. 2 world class spines of a starting 11, which manager couldn’t add to that and be successful.
At Barcelona you have the draw of the club, the name and the reputation, who doesn’t want to play for Catalan giants in the Nou Camp? At Bayern he has the role equivalent of a Celtic in Scotland, cherry pick the best players from rival teams. You take talent such as Goteze and Lewandowski from your nearest challengers and they are no longer challengers, simple as that.
Also both managed when other top clubs were going through the “transitional” phase. Man Utd losing Fergie, Man City, PSG & Atletico only just emerging, Dortmund being decimated and Real Madrid churning through manager after manager.
I put it to you that Pep Guardiola is about to be found out as a manager. Whoever he chooses as his next club, will not be as successful as the owners and fans are assuming he will be. None of his options are ready made teams like he has had previously and this will be his downfall!
Yes he is a story and we are tempting him and all he brings to the self-titled “greatest league in the world” but just like many others, he will find it just too tough dealing with what the English game will throw at him.
There are no easy games, no hiding place, the media will savage him the 1st opportunity they get and rival fans will do the same.
No Messi’s or Muller’s to rely on for that moment of genius as we do lack genuine world class talent in the BPL (Mark Albrighton is top of the league, let that sink in)
He has 1 option and 1 option only – that is to prove he is an amazing coach. He needs to get the best out of players that LVG, Mancini or Mourinho haven’t been able to.
Controversial views absolutely, however only 1 man can prove me wrong.
Over to you Pep…