In this part, we will try to demonstrate Guardiola’s sorcery as a coach. Here we go.
Nevertheless, you might not found the magical elements of Guardiola in his part of playing career. How could you found there when his sorcery started in the later part? Actually, his magic wand started to amaze people since his first assignment as coach of Barcelona senior team.
At first, he was adopted as a coach for Barcelona B team in 2007 along with Tito Vilanova. This pair able to qualified the team to 2008 Segunda Division B playoffs and which the team won, so the team achieved promotion to the next level. Later, FC Barcelona president Juan Laporta announced Guardiola’s appointment as a coach for Barcelona senior team
His intention was very clear from the very beginning. He wanted to go for a long-term success. That’s why he cut off some big names like Ronaldinho, Deco from the Barca line-up. Then he brought Dani Alves, Pique into the side and promoted Busquets and Pedro to the main team.
In his first El Clasico, Barca defeats Real Madrid by 6-2 at Santiago Bernabeu. Guardiola finished the season with some extraordinary success. Barca won the domestic cup, the league and also the Champions League. With this treble, he also became the youngest man to coach a Champions League winning team.
Barca started the season with defeating Bilbao to won the Supercopa de Espana and beat Shakhtar Donetsk to win the UEFA Super Cup. In the December 2009, they have become the FIFA Club World Cup champions For the first time in their history.
Guardiola finished the calendar year 2009 with a record six trophies, the Spanish League, Copa del Rey, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and Club World Cup, becoming the first ever manager in history to do so.
Barca continued their dominating performance in the field. They started the season by winning the Supercopa de Espana for the second time in a row. Barca beat real by 5-0 at home and Guardiola became the first manager to have a five consecutive El Clasico victory. Barca retrained the league title for the 3rd consecutive time and won the Champions trophy for the 2nd time in three years.
Barca started the season with a 5–4 aggregate win over Real Madrid for the Supercopa de España. Then they beat Porto to win the UEFA Super Cup. They also won the FIFA Club World Cup and Copa del Ray. But Guardiola’s disciples couldn’t retrain the league title and also knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final. Although he was named as FIFA coach of the year for 2012.
On 27 April 2012, Guardiola announced he would resign as Barcelona’s coach at the end of the 2011–12 season. He showed tiredness as the main reason. With his record 14 trophies for Barca, he said, “four years at a club like Barça felt like an eternity.”
After the end of Barcelona, chapter Guardiola went to New York and took a sabbatical leave to recover his tiredness. But in 2013 he decided to get back to his coaching career and joined Bayern Munich.
Guardiola’s first achievement for Bayern was UEFA Super Cup; in final his team beat his longtime adversary Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Then he won his 3rd FIFA Club World Cup. Bayern also won their 3rd consecutive league title. However, he was criticized for losing against Real Madrid in Champions League.
In that season Bayern retrained their 4th consecutive league title and also won the DFB-Pokal. But his team didn’t manage to win the German Super Cup and knocked out of Champions League after losing against Barcelona in the semi-final.
Guardiola managed to win his 3rd constant league title for Bayern and DFB-Pokal as well. But he lost the last chance to win the Champions League for Bayern by losing against Atletico Madrid in the semi. In December, he decided not to renew his contract with Bayern and leave the club after the end of the season.
Manchester City chapter
People from all around the football world were surprised by his decision when he signed for Manchester City. After his first season, he realised the hardness of English football. While his team finished 3rd on the league table and knocked out of CL from the round of 16, he said “I realise how difficult it is. Definitely, we are not safe until the referee says ‘Okay, go home.’
This season doesn’t finish yet, but Guardiola’s City finishes on a high on the league table. He proved that his tactics are also very effective in the English football too. City won the league title with a formidable performance throughout the league. Though, his team got eliminated from the quarterfinal of CL by Liverpool. Lets see what he can do in the next season.
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