Pep Guardiola has proved to be the greatest coach in the history of football.
The Champions League victory tonight of Manchester City over Inter Milan was not even necessary to prove this.
That not withstading, Pep Guardiola has become the third manager to win the UEFA Champions League at least three times.
Guardiola’s Manchester City side beat Inter Milan 1-0 in Saturday’s final in Istanbul to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time in the club’s 136-year history.
But Guardiola had conquered the continent before.
He had managed Barcelona to UCL glory in both 2009 and 2011, after being a European champion as a player in 1992.
Guardiola has also just won a historic Treble for the second time in his managerial career.
He achieved it during his time in charge of Catalan club Barcelona, winning the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles in 2008-09. Now he has done it in the English Premiership. Only the great Manchester United side of 1998-99 have achieved the feat in English football.
To complete a Treble in one major European league is a wondrous distinction in its own right. To do it in two almost defies belief.
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With City’s victory tonight, he has become only the sixth manager in history to win European football’s greatest competition with two separate teams.
He has now established himself as the GOAT of football coaches ahead of the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Bill Shankly, Johan Cruyff and Arrigo Sacchi.
He has not only won 17 major trophies and counting – but he has changed football.
Guardiola is able to squeeze every last drop of effort from his team. He is also merciless and cold-bloodedly willing to drop players who are unwilling to give him their all. He stands out from his rivals thanks to these attributes and the caliber of his players.
Additionally, Guardiola is always changing and refining his football philosophy in order to outperform the competition.
When people thought there was nothing new to invent in terms of how to play football, he proved them wrong.
Guardiola has built a reputation for seeing things others don’t.
Fresh challenges lie ahead. In two years’ time, when his contract expires, he will leave Manchester City.
He has been surrounded by people who prepared the ground for his arrival, and who have given him the tools to take the game to a new place.
After City, he will receive offers from national teams, where that kind of work will not be possible.
Whatever happens, though, we should enjoy Guardiola’s football – the product of an amazing brain.
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