Football often tells stories of the greatest managers of the game who devoted themselves to strengthen the foundation, configured a great football team with high-caliber players and indulged the fans to celebrate sheer success.
From Bill Shankly to Alex Ferguson, Matt Busby to Kenny Dalglish, Bob Paisley to Arsene Wenger – English football has been enriched by so many esteemed personalities in past decades. Even now these legends are hailed and lauded for their relentless efforts to achieve everything they dreamed of. The baton is now in the hands of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola who are regarded among the absolute bests of the current generation. They have all plied their trade to Premier League to make it the most glamorous, exhilarating and enticing one across the globe.
But the man who is now the centre of all discussions is none other than Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola following a scintillating run that has already made the Citizens clear favourites to lift the Premier League title. The Spaniard had enormous success at Barcelona ( both as a player as well as manager) which continued during his managerial stint with Bayern Munich. His move to Premier League back in 2016 was doubted by many due to the competitiveness of the competition. Guardiola had a difficult last season where he only managed a ‘top four’ league finish amid high expectations of winning silverware. This was his ‘do or die’ campaign and the Spaniard did not disappoint. They are the potential Premier League champions and also reached the final of the League Cup competition. City are progressing well in the Emirates FA Cup and also being considered as one of the favorites to lift the Champions League title.
But what Manchester City would have done if he hadn’t spent millions to fix his defensive unit in past two transfer windows? It’s quite unlikely that Guardiola would have moved to this club if he hadn’t assured of a hefty transfer kitty from club’s MiddleEast owners. He always had financial backing and has arguably been the best manager in terms of delivery. Guardiola, who celebrated his 47th birthday recently, has never worked on a shoestring budget like Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino are doing currently, but the owners have found solace every time they invested heavily in the market under the Spaniard. This itself is a huge compliment to him as many have failed miserably despite having enough financial backing to shine.
His biggest USP has been the brand of football he offers with great attacking flair from high-profile names of football whom he manages and motivates with an amazing personality. His counterparts in Premier League celebrated the only defeat City suffered to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in domestic competitions this far ending his mission of being ‘the invincibles’. This suggests how he has now transformed world’s most competitive league into a one-team show and Guardiola must be applauded despite spending £203.3 mil transfer fee to fix his defence that troubled him last season.
He is flexible and clever enough to understand the concerns and has always been pretty direct with his strategies and transfer business during his managerial realm. Guardiola might not be the one who feels the pride to taste success building from the scratch, but he is certainly the very best in money-dominating modern football.