We all know he’s a perfectionist. That much goes without saying.
Pep Guardiola is a man who strives for every last detail to be utterly sound. Even last season, when his Manchester City side had the title sewn up with 97 points, he still looked stressed on the touchline at St Mary’s as his side looked to be heading for a 0-0 draw on the final day, which would have left them on 98 points.
Thankfully, Gabriel Jesus netted a delicate lob in stoppage time, and the Spanish coach was literally jumping for joy; he wanted, needed his side to become centurions, or he would’ve been left feeling dissatisfied despite an already impressive title success.
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Guardiola has managed, and succeeded, at three of the biggest clubs in Europe: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.
At those clubs, he has won three La Liga titles, three Bundesliga crowns, two Premier League successes, the Champions League twice and a significant number of domestic trophies.
Those are the black-and-white details of his vast managerial qualities, but delve a bit deeper, and there’s one stat that is truly mind blowing.
Pep points accumulation as a coach:
87 — Barça 2008-09
99 — Barça 2009-10
96 — Barça 2010-11
91 — Barça 2011-12
90 — Bayern 2013-14
79 — Bayern 2014-15
88 — Bayern 2015-16
78 — City 2016-17
100 — City 2017-18
98 — City 2018-19
906 points out of 1104 possible (82%) [Misterchip] pic.twitter.com/zeIbWpcPPr
— The Pep (@GuardiolaTweets) May 12, 2019
Across his 10 seasons as a coach, Guardiola has taken an astounding 906 points out of a possible 1104, which works out at 82% – that is absurd.
To only drop 18% of the possible points on offer takes some doing, and undoubtedly cements the Spaniard as one of the greatest managerial minds in football history.
You can call him a chequebook manager, a fraud or say he has always had it easy at each of his clubs, but that would be disrespectful to what he has achieved.
In the modern game, almost every boss at a top club has funds, groundbreaking facilities and other advantageous features.
The difference with Guardiola is that he is obsessed not with winning but by doing things the right way and obtaining perfection, so that the winning comes without even thinking about it.
He is a true great, and that one stat just sums up how ruthlessly efficient he is.