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The Pep Factor

Regarded as one of the best managers in the modern game, Pep Guardiola has achieved success in every managerial role he has taken on. It was as manager of Barcelona that Guardiola really made a name for himself, guiding the club to three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies in his four seasons at the club.

With a squad composed by the likes of CarlesPuyol, Dani Alves, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi, it’s hardly surprising that Pep was able to take the club to great success.

After four seasons at Barcelona, Guardiola took a year’s sabbatical. During his year off, he was linked with a whole host of clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea, but declined to comment on any of the rumours. At the end of his sabbatical he agreed to become the manager of German club Bayern Munich.

He continued his winning ways during his 3-year stay at Bayern, winning three Bundesliga titles and two DFB-Pokals. He was unable to replicate the European success he experienced at Barcelona, with Bayern being knocked out in the semi-finals of the Champions League in each of his three seasons in charge.

His next move would be to the Premier League in order to take over at Manchester City, a club desperate to win the Champions League, having already tasted domestic success.

His first season at City wasn’t his finest as the club finished in 3rd place, 15 points behind league winners Chelsea. A failure to win the Champions League and a domestic trophy meant that this was Guardiola’s first trophy-less season as a manager.

He more than made up for this in the second season, guiding the club to a record breaking Premier League title, in which City broke the record for the highest number of points and the most goals scored. Despite their dominance domestically, they were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League by a rampant Liverpool side in the quarter-finals.

Earlier this season, City thumped Cardiff 5-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium to push Cardiff down to 19th place in the league. Right from the outset, the Welsh club were the favourites to be relegated according to the Premiership relegation odds.

With Pep continuing to impress as City manager, the following infographic has been created to celebrate his achievements as a manager.