Pep Guardiola is a Premier League champion AGAIN as Man City confirm title and manager could win Champions League and have same effect as Sir Alex Ferguson on English football

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Pep Guardiola is a Premier League champion AGAIN as Man City confirm title and manager could win Champions League and have same effect as Sir Alex Ferguson on English football


Pep Guardiola is a champion once again as his Man City side clinched the Premier League title.

The manager is already regarded as the best of his generation with a trophy cabinet no doubt the envy of his peers from Spain to Germany and now England.

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Guardiola has made quite the impact at Man City – and on English football as a whole – since joining in 2016

Man City had to wait to confirm their lead at the top of the table was unassailable having lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea.

But Guardiola’s third Premier League title was verified when Leicester beat the club’s arch nemesis Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

It makes nine league winners medals overall in his managerial career, having won three each at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now City.

It also makes it eight trophies in just five seasons at the Etihad and yet more may come with the Champions League final still to play.

Guardiola has an unquenchable thirst for success and has drilled that into his Man City players

Guardiola has an unquenchable thirst for success and has drilled that into his Man City players

They meet Chelsea once again later this month in the hope of securing the club’s first-ever European Cup, and Pep’s third.

While Man United have stalled since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013, noisy neighbours Man City under Guardiola have flourished, with the club also producing a future England regular in Phil Foden from the academy.

Any talk of the 50-year-old Spanish coach looking for his next challenge is premature, though, with Trevor Sinclair insisting Guardiola is not done leaving his mark in England just yet.

“I don’t think Pep is going anywhere. He’s got a huge amount of respect for the owners and that is reciprocated,” the former Man City man told talkSPORT.

“He’s got a project there that he believes in. He’s now starting to see players come through the academy and on top of that I don’t think he’s after winning just one Champions League and a few Premier Leagues.

“I think he’s after catching up with Sir Alex Ferguson and having that kind of effect.”

Ferguson was a serial winner at Man United claiming a record 13 Premier League titles

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Ferguson was a serial winner at Man United claiming a record 13 Premier League titles

Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in football history with 48 trophies won as a coach, including 24 top honours with Manchester United – 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cup and two Champions League crowns.

Sinclair continued: “Pep Guardiola, what he has done in the Premier League since he’s arrived, he was critiqued so much when he so-called ‘failed’ in his first year.

“He brought a new brand of football to the Premier League. He’s got principles and philosophies he wants to play, which he’s not changed since he was the Barcelona B manager all those years ago.

“He’s taken it to different countries and he’s been successful. We have to say kudos to Pep Guardiola.”

It has been quite a remarkable season for City and Guardiola, considering the relatively slow start saw them written off early on.

Guardiola will have the Champions League in his sights next

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Guardiola will have the Champions League in his sights next

It was in fact the club’s worst start since the 2008/09 season, when Mark Hughes was manager, with just 12 points from eight games.

Yet, despite also playing a large portion of the season with no recognised striker in their ranks, they’ve won the Premier League title at a canter.

They’ve set records in the Champions League, too, becoming the first British club to win seven games in a row en route to the final.

De Bruyne is perhaps the most important player at City right now

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De Bruyne is perhaps the most important player at City right now

If Pep Guardiola is to win another ten titles at Man City, then he will need the best players around him and they don’t come much better than Kevin De Bruyne.

The midfielder has been a consistent star for the club and recently signed a new contract with extend his stay until 2025.

De Bruyne is happy and settled in Manchester, which can only be a good sign for the club as they look to build a dynasty.

He told talkSPORT: “It feels a little bit the same as Belgium. I have a house here and lived a little bit around the city. Green, nice space for the kids and the school is nice where my two sons go to.

“We have found our way of life and like the way we live and we are happy.

“That’s the main important thing with the football. If my family are settled then I’m settled and it will help me be good at football.”

That sounds like a warning to the rest of the Premier League…





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