Alongside the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, I believe that Pep Guardiola is the best coach the Premier League has ever seen.
He is a true, honest leader who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and improve players both technically and mentally. He’s the perfect man to help players reach the next level in their careers.
Raheem Sterling is the prime example for this.
Sterling always had the ability, don’t get me wrong. You could clearly see it during his time at Liverpool. He was a forward with frightening pace and natural talent, however he had a noticeable lack of cutting edge in front of goal.
Guardiola has transformed Raheem Sterling from a youngster with exciting potential into a serious force and more impressively, a goal scorer. Raheem already has 11 goals in the Premier League this season, and he is well on track to reaching 20+ which would be a staggering return.
You may disagree, but I believe Sterling is on the verge of becoming world class and behind Harry Kane, he will be England’s most important player heading into the World Cup in Russia…
As well as Sterling, Pep has greatly improved other players. Most notably, Kevin De Bruyne.
De Bruyne is a player that Jose Mourinho deemed not good enough and now he has become one of the best players in the world under Guardiola’s management. Pep paid £55m for KDB, breaking City’s transfer record in the process. That was a well calculated risk and if it didn’t pay off he would have been heavily criticised.
The ‘Look at how much he has spent’ arguments about Guardiola are naive and disrespectful to his achievements and ability as a coach.
Yes. Pep Guardiola has spent a lot of money during his managerial career and his time at Manchester City. Money does play a part in success, I would never deny that.
I just ask you to look at City’s previous managers. They also spent enormous amounts of money. Did they get the blues playing as well as they are now?
The simple answer is no, they didn’t.
City have had goalkeeping and defensive issues for a long time, and way before Pep arrived in Manchester. Previous managers spent a lot of money but still failed to sure up the back-line, something that seems to have been solved by Pep.
He has vastly improved Nicolas Otamendi who was somewhat a liability and he has coached John Stones into an English, Gerard Pique.
At one-point, Fabian Delph seemed a certainty to face the exit door because realistically he was never going to break into that midfield. Pep provided the ex-Leeds United man a lifeline by playing him at left back, a position he has made his own in the absence of Benjamin Mendy.
The signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson in the summer was by far the most important addition. City have been crying out for a settled goalkeeper for a few years who the defence and team can rely on, and in Ederson, Guardiola has again hit the jackpot.
Pep Guardiola is still in the process of building something truly remarkable at Manchester City. They are in the semi finals of the Carabao Cup, the last 16 of the Champions League and flying high at the top of the Premier League, unbeaten and on a run of 16 wins in a row.
The bond between the blue half of Manchester and their manager is strong and was clear for all to see following their penalty shootout win over Leicester City.
Guardiola orchestrated his own song at full time, sang by the supporters that adore him. What we are witnessing this season from Pep Guardiola and his team is truly remarkable and it is history in the making.
Long may it continue.