Pep Guardiola’s management career has so far gone in four-year cycles.
Four years in Barcelona, starting with unprecedented success, followed by departure after being beaten on the LaLiga title by Jose Mourinho.
A year-long sabbatical recharging of the batteries followed by three years in Bayern Munich, where he dominated German football, but came out after a hat trick of failures in the Champions League.
The future of Pep Guardiola in Manchester City is far from certain, as Juventus is enthusiastic about its services
Guardiola has already rewritten the history books of English football with the first 100-point season and the first domestic trophy of trophies, but in its ‘difficult’ fourth season, City has left 22 points behind Liverpool.
The upcoming Champions League clash with Real Madrid is huge. We don’t know if Guardiola will leave City this summer if they fall short again in Europe, but he has never failed and has never left for a fifth season.
Sportsmail takes a look at Pep’s four-year cycles and how they ended …
PEP GUARDIOLA’S MANAGERIAL HONOR
Spanish fourth division: 2007-08
La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12
Spanish super cup: 2009, 2010, 2011
UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11
UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
Bundesliga: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
German cup: 2013–14, 2015–16
UEFA Super Cup: 2013
FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
Premier League: 2017–18, 2018–19
FA Cup: 2018-19
EFL Cup: Community Shield 2017-2018, 2018–1919: 2018, 2019
Barcelona was not the primary force in European football when Guardiola took over in 2008.
After five years with Frank Rijkaard there were questions about whether he deserved the work because he was a former captain of Barca and Johan Cruijff acolyte. His senior management experience in that phase was zero.
Guardiola proved the skeptics spectacularly wrong by demonstrably building the best team club football ever.
Guardiola managed to get the best out of Lionel Messi, but his players became bored of his regime
Yes, he had Lionel Messi at its peak, but Barca was more than that; the tiki-taka of Xavi and Iniesta, the intense pressure that the ball recovered so quickly; the physicality of leaders such as Carles Puyol and Sergio Busquets.
In season one, Guardiola won LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League and defeated Manchester United in the final.
They won six trophies in 2009 alone and added the Spanish Super Cup, European Super Cup and World Cup Club in the first half of 2009-10.
LaLiga was retained that season and in 2010-11 they completed a hat trick of Spanish titles and produced an enchanting showing in Wembley to beat Manchester United 3-1 in the Champions League final.
However, the relentless intensity of Guardiola took its toll, ruthlessly exploited by its rival in Madrid, Mourinho. The relationship between the two best clubs in Spain became toxic, the low point when Mourinho Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova picked up.
Within the Nou Camp there were whispers from the Barca team – including Messi – who found Guardiola’s demands tiring, including what they ate and drank.
Barcelona won the Champions League twice in three years under the Spaniard
Guardiola won the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Super Cup, the World Club Cup and the European Super Cup, but the big ones escaped him; Mourinho and Real win LaLiga and Chelsea beat Barca from the Champions League after a whimsical 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp.
Guardiola was empty. He said, “The day I see the light coming out of my players’ eyes, I know it’s time to go,” and he was afraid that after four years, the same messages that were being hammered home didn’t have as much as a consequence.
To add to the cocktail, Barcelona now had a new president, Sandro Rossell, who had replaced Joan Laporta, the man who had appointed Guardiola.
Rossell referred to Guardiola as “The Dalai Lama,” and it was not necessarily meant as a compliment. Guardiola, the idealist, who had re-introduced the purist manners of Cruijff to Barcelona, had to run away to maintain his own common sense and lifespan in the game.
Guardiola found it difficult to manage his beloved Barcelona and left to take a sabbatical
SABBATIAN / BAYERN MUNICH 2012-16
The first year of the cycle, issued by Guardiola with his wife who lived in New York, was crucial to restore the manager’s ambition and energy.
He rented a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park, where neighbors Barbara Streisand were. Football took a much needed back seat to life, although there were offers from Chelsea and a famous dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson.
At the end of his break, Guardiola settled in Bayern Munich, although he arrived at the beginning of 2013-14 at a club that had just won the Treble, including a Champions League.
Guardiola led Bayern Munich to three Bundesliga titles, but he was not worshiped in Germany
Guardiola’s assignment was to bring a new style to Bavaria instead of just winning trophies. He succeeded, helped by a few world class wingers in Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, and a core of German internationals including sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer who were about to win the World Cup.
Bayern won the Bundesliga in the first season of Guardiola with 19 points and scored 94 goals in 34 games. The winning gap was 10 points in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Undoubtedly, his most important signing was striker Robert Lewandowski, who had to become a club legend and still scores for fun.
But the fact that Guardiola’s predecessor Jupp Heynckes had won the Champions League put pressure on the Spaniard. Bayern was beaten 5-0 in the semi-final of 2014 by Real Madrid. They reached the last four again in 2015, but lost to Barcelona.
All the while Manchester City – with former Barca execs and Guardiola friends Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain at the head of Etihad – regularly sent scouts to Munich to see Bayern play so that they could make signings that would be in Pep’s philosophy. to suit.
Guardiola eventually got itchy feet in Bayern Munich because he wanted a new challenge
In 2015-16, the third season of Guardiola, there was a feeling that the manager had itchy feet again and the time was ripe for a crack in the Premier League. The character of Guardiola also offended some people in Munich.
Legendary club doctor Hans Muller-Wohlfhart left Bayern during the term of Guardiola and later claimed that the manager “completely neglected the medical profession.” In other words, it was Pep’s road or the highway.
Halfway through the season it was announced that Guardiola was leaving for Manchester City and there weren’t many tears in Germany. For the third consecutive season, Bayern fell in the semifinals of the Champions League, with Antoine Griezmann’s goal in the Allianz Arena Atletico Madrid winning the goals.
MANCHESTER CITY 2016-2020?
Guardiola arrived in Manchester at the same time as Jose Mourinho, with City and United finishing on points last season.
It wasn’t long before City came after them, although the first season was still a transition period at the Etihad, not helped by a serious injury to the first signing of Guardiola, Ilkay Gundogan.
City only won the League Cup in 2016-17 and Guardiola said frankly that he was not a “coach for the tackles” when they encountered four goals in a defeat at Leicester.
Guardiola won the Premier League title during his second season that was responsible for the Etihad
However, everything fell into place the following season. City won the Premier League title with a record of 100 points and retained it with 98 points. They also added the FA Cup and League Cup for a unique treble.
Along the way, City produced some of the best football matches in the Premier League, from ball-playing goalkeeper Ederson to the attacking talents of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero.
The only miss was the Champions League and this season Guardiola was caught not replacing skipper Vincent Kompany, an error made worse by injury to Aymeric Laporte.
Guardiola also won the Premier League last season, but has already admitted the title of this season
The tricky side of City’s manager has come to the fore. He complained about the game list, it could ‘kill the players’, saw that recent signing sessions Benjamin Mendy and Joao Cancelo did not live up to their price tags, seemed powerless to get Sane to sign a new contract and had to fend off stories connecting him to Juventus.
Guardiola insists that he will not activate this alleged awarding clause this summer and that he will fulfill his contract until 2021.
That would keep him in City for a fifth year, something he didn’t do in other clubs. But until we know the result of the last 16 Champions League draw with Real Madrid, nobody knows for sure.
The enormous effort that Guardiola takes to raise his teams to extraordinary levels also seems to lead to burnout – every four years.