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Has Guardiola (already) Surpassed Ferguson?


Aged 40, and already Pep Guardiola has amassed the equivalent of what Ferguson has achieved over the past few decades, has he already surpassed Ferguson as the best manager out there?

What’s more intriguing about the facts is that Guardiola has already won 2 Champions League titles, in just a short span of 3 years. Comparing that stat with perhaps the most celebrated managers of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson, whom has been working as a manager since 1974, although that would be perhaps an unfair judgement, so I’ll instead use the date of which he was appointed manager of the Red Devils: 1986.

Although Ferguson has managed to forge a dynasty at Manchester United, it still seems a bit surprising that he hasn’t managed to get more than 2 Champions league trophies. Yes, he took a team whom weren’t exactly ‘winning material’ and turned them into a International brand whom have won trophies aplenty, but still, he’s been around for quite a long time now, it surprises me still that he has only collected 2 CL trophies.

On the other hand, in Guardiola’s short Spanish adventure, he has earned 2 in 3 years with the Catalan giants. Fair to say, Guardiola did have a wonderful squad with a lot of money at his disposal to work with, but it still has to be said that he has done a lot to improve the squad and keep morale in the Camp Nou high.

What he also did was go one further than recent managers by taking their football to a new level, with him revolutionizing the way Barca play. The movement, the passing just proves how much he has worked to improve the team. And the second fact is, he hasn’t exactly been losing (much) money for Barcelona in the transfer market. After all, they brought in Villa and they shipped out Ibrahimovic and he made a few small deals.

Similarly to how Ferguson brought out the best in Giggs, Scholes, the Nevilles, and Beckham in the last 2 decades, Guardiola has brought up the likes of Pedro and Sergio Busquets, who have in fact made such a big impact that they are now on the bench for the Spanish side, a side that is most certainly not easy to get into.

Another thing about Guardiola is that he doesn’t seem to like long-term projects. I am personally wondering why he doesn’t want to commit to Barcelona for a longer period of time. The best team in the world, no argument, and a brilliant academy to work with. No doubt about the talent, I don’t get why he would want to leave such a wonderful job.

Bottom line is: Ferguson did a fantastic job in creating a dynasty by starting off with youngsters in the first place, but the products of the academy at Manchester United haven’t exactly been breathtaking in recent years with an exception of the twin talents in Rafael and Fabio da Silva, there hasn’t been much to offer in terms of first team players from the academy of Manchester recently.

Guardiola indeed is a good manager, but he certainly needs to test his credentials with a smaller squad. The team he inherited at Barcelona was brilliant, to say the least, so it will be interesting to see how he will actually fare with a smaller team, a team like, let’s say Lyon. That might be the way to go.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. luke

    June 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

    No..United created a club. Guardiola inherited a club. The restaints on english clubs is absurd. The work permit issues. The 90 minute rule. The fact you can’t educate kids for longer then 1 1/2 a day….our clubs are hindered. If we’d given a kid hormone treatment we’d probably be investigated….that’s what we live with. Guardiola inherited a great club but do you not think Sir Alex would be just as successful if not more so? How about, waiting until he actually goes to a club and rebuilds it up time and time and time again….

  2. Farid Telefoni

    June 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Would be interesting to see what SAF would have done, managing a team like Lyon. You are so full of shite… Accept it. Guardiola is fantastic, SAF is too old now, his time has passed.

  3. Joseph

    June 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I actually think that Guardiola is a better coach, he kept the club together, shipped out players like Ronaldinho and made great calls. Plus, he gets the best out of his players and presents beautiful football

  4. Red Devil

    June 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Absolutely ridiculous suggestion. Pep is a great coach and Barca are the best side to have ever graced a football field but you cannot compare the two. You’ve even said yourself that he is in it for the instant success. As soon as Pep has achieved the prolonged success of Fergie then you can write this rubbish. Remember that achieving something is easy, sustaining it is the real challenge

  5. tom

    June 1, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    absolutely not… 19 titles? i dont think so…

  6. Sam

    June 1, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    In football being successful over a long period of time is the ultimate test for a coach.
    Guardiola is brilliant. But he didn’t come to Barcelona as an outsider. He didn’t completely overhaul their scouting and academy system and he didn’t build multiple successful teams. Man U were a long fading force when Fergie joined them, whereas Barcelona have always been hovering around the top in Spain. I say this through gritted teeth because I’m an Arsenal fan born and bred, but you can’t let your personal feelings for Ferguson get in the way when judging his achievements. What he’s done will never be replicated. He’s still a twat though.

  7. Farid Telefoni

    June 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Yes, “Alexander the Great” achieved a lot too, but he was still a puff! Respect for SAF, but he’s not God is he? I mean who cares how many PL’s he’s won. CL is what matters and guardiola has done it twice in 3 years, it took SAF a lot more to do that. What FC Barcelona players have done and the way they play is unique, it’s like a dream. I’ve seen a lot of matches the last 30 years. I’ve not seen anything like this team…and by the way! Who the fuck is Jose Mourinho?

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