Pep Guardiola and his Man City team were knocked out of the Champions League Quarter-final match by Olympic Lyon of France over the weekend. Man City came into the game as clear favorites. Virtually everyone expected the Citizens to walk over Lyon. The reverse was the case as the French club edged out Mancity by 3-1.
Manchester City’s squad is worth €1.28billion (£1.06billion) about three times the worth of Olympic Lyon. Based on this, soccer pundits have dug deeper to analyze Pep Guardiola’s history. A history that traverses from Barcelona to Bayern and now Man City. A look at his squad, money spent with successes achieved comes to the fore.
Firstly, Guardiola seems to be an inheritance merchant. His successes are achieved with players he inherited or brought with a lot of money. Let’s take a look at the players he inherited at his clubs.
Barcelona: Messi, Eto’o, Henry, Puyol, Iniesta, Xavi, Toure and Valdes
Bayern: Robben, Ribery, Muller, Kroos, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Neuer, Boateng and Mandzukic
Man City: Silva, Aguero, Sterling, De Bruyne, Kompany and Fernandinho
It has been found out that 14 / 16 of Guardiola’s most used players are ones he inherited. Interestingly he still managed to spend well over a BILLION euros during his time managing these three clubs.
Secondly, as a manager, only Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti have spent more money on transfers than him. However, Mourinho and Ancellotti have been in management for twice as long he has.
In that time, Pep Guardiola has spent over €1.1 billion on 52 players, averaging €22M per player. Jose Mourinho averages €15.5M per player, while Carlo Ancellotti averages €14M per player. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancellotti has three Champion league trophy as a coach against two by Guardiola and Mourinho.
The third comparison for Guardiola comes in the person of Conte. Conte & Guardiola arrived in the Premier League at the same time. The ex Chelsea boss inherited a 10th placed team in the League. On the other hand, Guardiola inherited a team that just reached Champions League semi-finals.
Conte spent £90M, to recruit while Guardiola spent £213M. History tells us who implemented their style quicker and won the League in record-breaking fashion first; Conte did.
Conte’s came with revolutionary tactics to the Premier League and won the League in his first try. Guardiola, on the other hand, went trophy-less, losing 4-0 to Everton and getting knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan. It took him additional expenditure to get a team that won the Premier League. At that time, Conte has gone back to Seria A. Even at that the Champions League still eludes him at Manchester City.
The only teams he’s beaten in full Champions League knockout stages with Man City are Basel & Schalke. With the array of stars assembled at the Ethihad. The only manager knocked out while his team scored six goals (vs Monaco) is Pep and his Man-city team.
There are so many ways to measure the success of a coach or a club. When you use the money spent to compare successes achieved, then you will agree with me that Guardiola has not been as fantastic as always portrayed.