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The Manager:

Titles: 19 (in just seven years of management)

During his playing career at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola learned from some of the best managers in the world including Johan Cruyff, Bryan Robson, and Louis van Gaal. Ordinarily, playing under such a stellar assortment of managers would provide enough pre-requisite knowledge for a man set to embark upon his managerial career. Such is Pep Guardiola’s need for perfection that he spent a couple of years travelling around the globe learning different approaches to the game followed the world over. He studied tactics from the excellent Marcos Biesla, nutrition and conditioning from Juanma Lillo and honed his footballing philosophy under various others.

Pep Guardiola’s managerial knowledge transformed into an extremely attractive and effective tactical philosophy. In his first season in charge of Barcelona, Guardiola announced the departures of club stalwarts Ronaldinho and Deco and still won an unprecedented six titles.

Few can compare to the tactical acumen the Spaniard possesses. Even fewer can compare to his undeniable humility coupled with his quest for perfection. Pep Guardiola is a brilliant manager, and an even better person.

Through his spells at Barcelona and now at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has won the three La Liga thrice, two UEFA Champions League titles, two Bundesliga titles among numerous other trophies. He also has the distinction of being one of only six to win the Champion’s League as a player and as a manager. If Guardiola maintains this remarkable rate, in the coming years he shall truly take his place as the best in the dug-out.

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