Pep Guardiola is one of the most sought after managers in the world, and Manchester City fans are eagerly awaiting his arrival in the summer. A
fter success at Barcelona B, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, his CV boasts many trophies and wherever he goes, he brings glory.
But because he is so successful, does Guardiola ruin the leagues he manages in?
In his first season at Barcelona in 2008/09, the Spaniard led the Catalan giants to a treble of the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League, becoming the youngest manager ever to win the European Cup. It was not just the start of Guardiola’s rise to prominence, but launched the careers of players like Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Pedro.
In La Liga, it signified the end of Real Madrid’s dominance, which had seen them win two titles in a row. Guardiola was bringing in fresh, new Spanish talent which played exciting football, and he had created a new system of play: tiki-taka.
What followed was a long period of dominance for Barcelona, with Guardiola’s style setting a blue print which would allow Lionel Messi to flourish, especially following the departures of Eidur Gudjohnsen and, later, Samuel Eto’o. By the time Pep won his second league title in 2010, it was his seventh trophy as Barcelona boss, emphasising just how talented he was in the dug out.
With another league title in the 2010-11 season and another Champions League to his name, Guardiola was becoming one of the most successful managers in world football, not only down to his talent of winning trophies but the way he brought through youth played, such as Bojan Krkic, and brought in talents like Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas. In his final season, 2011-2012, Guardiola could only win the Copa Del Rey, most probably due to the distraction of knowing that he was to take a sabbatical at the end of the campaign and be replaced by the late Tito Vilanova, ending his reign with 14 trophies in just four seasons.
Guardiola had big shoes to fill when he took over at Bayern Munich in 2013, taking over from the popular Jupp Heyneckes, who had just won a treble in his last season.
It didn’t start off too well for Guardiola, who lost his first competitive match in the German Super Cup, 4-2 to Dortmund. However, it wasn’t long before he won his first trophy, beating Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup final, which was later followed by the FIFA Club World cup. He followed those successes up with a Bundesliga title and then the DFK Polkal.
The following season, Mario Mandzukic was sold and replaced by the consistent goal grabber Robert Lewandowski. Another Bundesliga title followed, and Guardiola’s head was seemingly turned by new opportunities.
In February 2016, it was announced that Guardiola was to grace the Premier League with his presence, with the chance to rekindle his rivalry with Jurgen Klopp and possibly Jose Mourinho.
However, a lot of football fans are also worried that the Premier League may be ‘ruined’ by the hugely successful boss. Guardiola is expected to lead City to the title, and perhaps even break their duck in European football.
Wherever he has gone he has created monopoly teams, taking the fun away from all the other clubs, and at City many are sure he will do the same.