Gerard Pique Reveals the Biggest Difference Between Pep Guardiola & Sir Alex Ferguson- “He Wasn’t Even Going to the Trainings”

Published 01/12/2024, 8:52 AM EST

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Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola are two of the most successful managers in Soccer. While Sir Alex conquered Europe with Manchester United, Pep made Barcelona a force to be reckoned with, even beating Sir Alex’s United side in the Champion’s League final on two occasions. But, in terms of coaching, both of them were very different. Gerard Pique, who has played under both of them has pointed out the biggest difference between the two elite managers.

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The Barcelona legend certainly would have made changes to his game to adjust to the coaching of both. However, the Spanish defender won several trophies under both of them in his career.

Gerard Pique was all praise for Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola

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Gerard Pique has to be one of the luckiest players in his playing career. During his time, he was managed by peak Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. After leaving Red Devils for Barcelona, he saw the rise of Pep Guardiola. But, in an interview, he pointed out how playing under them was different. He said, “I think that Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola are both, as you said, two of the biggest ones in the history of the game, but they are very different. I mean, Sir Alex Ferguson, at the time when I arrived, was more like the manager of the whole club. You know, so there were some days that he wasn’t even going to the training he was staying in his office controlling the whole club.”

Gerard Pique said that Pep Guardiola was just starting as a manager with Barcelona when he arrived. Hence, he had a different role. The Spanish defender also has claimed that he knew from the start that Pep was special. He said that the focus on the 52-year-old manager would be on his tactics and also have a full idea about the opposition. The 36-year-old also pointed out that Guardiola provides the right kind of motivation for the team to do well.

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As far as Gerard Pique is concerned, he won trophies under both Sir Alex and Pep Guardiola. But, on the other side, both managers continue to have a huge respect for each other.

Sir Alex Ferguson always knew that Pep Guardiola was going to create history with Manchester City

In 2015, the Manchester United legend made a huge revelation. Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that he had approached Pep to become the next Manchester United manager. But in 2013, he ended up joining Bayern. Despite the rejection, the Scottish manager has always admired Manchester City. In his book, ‘Leading,’ Sir Alex recalled the time he approached Pep.

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“I had dinner with Pep Guardiola in New York in 2012, but couldn’t make him any direct proposal because retirement was not on my agenda at that point,” Sir Alex mentioned in his book. “He had already won an enviable number of trophies with Barcelona… and I admired him greatly. I asked Pep to phone me before he accepted an offer from another club, but he didn’t and wound up joining Bayern Munich in July 2013.”

Before the Champions League final against Inter Milan last season, Pep revealed he had received a heartwarming message from Sir Alex Ferguson. After winning the trophy, he said it was an honor that he won the treble like the former United manager.

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Pep Guardiola will always be remembered as one of the best managers in the world. But, is he better than Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of achievements? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Anuj Nikhil Virjiani

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I can't express how deep my passion for the sport runs, especially when it comes to the English Premier League. Over the years, I've dedicated myself to understanding the intricate details of the game, both on and off the field. What's fascinating is that my beloved club is Newcastle United, and I've been on a rollercoaster journey with them, from their triumphant promotion from the second tier to the recent takeover and even their remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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