It is not just about their recent dominance in England!
It is not even about a successful title defence!
Neither is it about winning the league title with record points last season!
It is about the man whose genius has robbed off on the entire Premier League teams.
“Twin miracles” of Anfield and Amsterdam last week in the Champions League has made most supporters of the English Premier League so proud that even runners-up medal for any of their teams at Madrid and Baku respectively already looks like a win.
So much encomium has come the ways of Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettinho. Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri has enjoyed their fair shares of praises! But the man that deserve the winners’ medal is Pep Guardiola.
Yes! The Manchester City boss, whose side were dumped out of this year’s Champions League by Tottenham. He made it happen for the English teams!
Guardiola has in just three years at City raised the bar in the Premier League – that it has now become almost impossible to win the league with less than 90 points. City won it last term with 100 points. And now, other teams have raised their games. Recall, it took only Premier League sides, in Liverpool last year and Tottenham this year, to get City knocked out of the Champions League…
If you think City’s 100 points last season didn’t have a tremendous effect on the Premier League; think again!
Guardiola’s genius can be traced back to what he did at Barcelona, when he lead the Catalans to unprecedented successes in Europe’s elite competition, and again raised the standards as Spain went on to dominate European competitions for years even after he must have left the shores.
A remarkable feat that saw teams from Span win 7 out of the last 10 Champions Leagues, and 6 of the last 10 Europa competitions. Real Madrid required breaking La Liga record to stop Barca from adding to three consecutive titles. Real won the 2011/2012 season with 100 points, 121 goals scored, and a goal difference of +89, to stop rampaging Guardiola’s Barca. And since then Los Blancos has won the Champions League an astonishing four more times.
Obviously, it is on record that Guardiola has not added any European medal since he left Barcelona, but his tremendous work presently in England, may see him win it AGAIN sooner rather than later.
England’s best spell in Europe’s elite competition was between 1977 and 1984 when Liverpool, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa took turns to win the competition 7 times in eight years. And it was the magic of Bob Paisley at Liverpool that made that possible. No English manager, past or present can rival the managerial career of the man from County Durham who seats on the same elevated position with Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane as the only coaches with three European Cups.
His 20 major honours with Liverpool is a prove that he dominated for a long period. The fact that Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and of course Liverpool dominated Europe at the time is a further prove of how his best brought out the “beast” in others, as they stepped up and did exploits abroad.
Don’t rule out a sustained English dominance in European competitions in the coming years.
Interestingly, Guardiola’s remarkable achievements have already surpassed that of Bob Paisley.
During Paisley’s nine-year tenure as Liverpool’s manager, he won honours at a rate of 2.2 per season.
But with another Premier league’s medal to Guardiola’s ever-growing trophy cabinet, the Catalan is already on a project that would certainly rob off on other Premier League Clubs just as it did with teams in Spain.
Pep Guardiola’s presence in England, is indeed a present to the Premier League.