Is it fair to worship Guardiola at this point?

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What's your take on Guardiola?

Poll closed Sep 2, 2017.
  1. The best manager in the world

    1.9%
  2. One of the best managers in the world, with flaws like everyone else

    26.6%
  3. A very good manager with some serious limitations

    27.6%
  4. A good manager who has been successful only because he's had exceptional teams

    35.2%
  5. A total fraud

    8.6%
  1. Oct 10, 2017

    simonhch Horrible boss

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    He's obviously a fantastic manager. Only flaws are that he's exceptionally dogmatic and prone to mental fatigue.

    I know he's seen as an innovator but as tactical systems evolve over the next decade, his unwillingness to adapt and reinvent could be his undoing. The great long term managers are always capable of reinvention. Hard to judge him on something that hasn't happened yet, though.
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    adexkola American Arse

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    Pep's career didn't start at City, contrary to what PL enthusiasts will proclaim.
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    serghei Full Member

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    Judging by how Chelsea set up against City in the last game, I think City are already the most feared team in the league. They won nothing, but are the most feared team, that says everything about Guardiola. I'd be surprised if United doesn't park the bus as well when they face City. Even at home.
  4. Oct 10, 2017

    tomaldinho1 Full Member

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    Surely that's an obvious fact. Not sure how that ties into my point?
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    JASR Full Member

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    1. Chequebook/funds are not unlimited. Hyperbollox. Though it's very true that spending more than anyone else is generally a way to build a platform for consistent success. E.g. Rio et al.

    Although if Messi arrives in January, I may have to revise my 1st assertion.

    2. It's not 300m this season. You're Closer to truth though (224m) on that one...but good amortisation or crappy net spend comparisons bring it just above United spending this season 17/18.
    City net: 138m ish
    United net: 137m ish

    But that's for 8 incoming players for City, only 3 for United.

    3. David Moyes had similar (football inflation) money to use at United, I highly doubt he could have got the City players playing well if he'd been the chosen one at City. Money can't replace throwing out a structure built over 25 years.
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    totaalvoetbal Full Member

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    "He’s one of the top ten coaches since the 1950s who have contributed to the evolution of football," Sacchi said.

    He added: "(Guardiola) has carried forward total football even more. He is adding to it, making it better. He is a great coach and Manchester City play in his way with a real style.

    “We’re friends. We’ve known each other for a long time. He came to see how I worked when I was at Real Madrid. He’s an obsessive, a perfectionist, he thinks deeply about football.

    “He’s in the tradition of Ajax’s Rinus Michels and Cruyff.

    “Guardiola once said to me, ‘I owe everything to you and Cruyff’. I said to him, ‘Without Rinus Michels, there would have been no Cruyff and no Guardiola today.’”

    "I watched Chelsea-Manchester City and it seemed like a different sport,” he said. “It was an extraordinary match, one of the best I've ever seen - fantastic."

    - Arrigo Sacchi
  7. Oct 12, 2017 at 06:55

    Womp Full Member

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    Wouldn't every manager be contributing to to the evolution of football in one way or another? Such an odd statement. There's more to football than that Tiki Taka stuff. There are different ideals and tactics, which is what makes the sport so great.
  8. Oct 12, 2017 at 07:47

    FCBarca Mes que un Rag

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    The innovators in the game recognize the brilliant contributions & courage of someone like Guardiola in football. His legacy will be among the greatest to have coached the game and it will continue to inspire new coaches all over the globe but as Sacchi correctly points out it begins with the Dutch
  9. Oct 12, 2017 at 08:12

    Treble Full Member

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    Even Moyes and The Big Sam?

    Sacchi doesn't deny that there are different ideals and tactics. However, the tradition of Michels, Sacchi and Guardiola has produced arguably the most special teams over the last 50 years in Ajax (71-73), Milan (88-90) and Barca (09-11). Obviously, there is something to it.

    You are perfectly right though that the variety of winning styles is what makes football such a great game. It's great that for every Cruyff and Guardiola there is a Ferguson and a Mourinho.
  10. Oct 12, 2017 at 09:25

    Lawman Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    I see the old net spend getting rolled out again. That is dangerous as it takes us into squads that managers inherited. No doubt Pep inherited a far better squad than Jose in my opinion. Hence he should be further on in the development plus he was here longer and quite a bit of you believe he was allowed to sign players under Pelegríni.
  11. Oct 12, 2017 at 09:33

    Thunderhead Full Member

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    Pep inherited the oldest squad in the league, it was an average squad living on past achievements and with the likes of Bony, Clichy, Kolarov who everyone could see were past it. Add in a player like Sterling who had lost all confidence a crock in your best defender and it wasn't a very good squad, most of the players he got rid of this season should have gone 2 or 3 seasons ago.

    Only player I could see that he possibly agreed to signing would have been Sterling but that was over 6 months before he declared he was leaving Bayern so I'm not 100% sure he'd have any input in that, only players I could see he would possibly have had input in were in his first transfer window, Stone, Sane etc
  12. Oct 12, 2017 at 09:56

    Womp Full Member

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    I should have been clearer, all top managers*

    Also maybe they have been very impressive, but other managers have also done things just as impressive playing completely different styles of football. Mourinho and his early CL wins, our 2008 win etc.

    This idea that the tiki taka style is so superior to other styles, especially considering it's not a practical style for 90% of teams in the world (you need a squad of very good players to implement such a style) is wrong imo. As much as one touch passing is enjoyable to watch, I also love seeing quick transitions and some great counter attacking sides.

    Even if it were possible, to see all teams playing the same stuff would be so tedious. Managers like Mourinho and Simeone etc. are contributing to the sport by going against the grain and mustering up ways to counter tiki taka. All top managers contribute to the sport.
  13. Oct 12, 2017 at 10:04

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    I don't understand why he moves clubs so often. His approach is similar to SAF. Both need time to get their team right. Due to the influx of money he sort of skips that process and in a season or two he would have the players he wants. No doubt he is the best there is. But joining sugar daddy clubs means he is undermining his own worth. He can develop any team into a top team sadly he chooses clubs that need instant results. He could stick to one club and build a dynasty from the youth to the first team. I wish that happens. That will be the day he will truly be above everyone else.
  14. Oct 12, 2017 at 10:22

    do.ob Full Member

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    He's supposedly an obsessive perfectionist who tries to micromanage everything. Which might be a big reason why his teams can play such great football, but it also likely means that players/squads will eventually "grow tired" of him.
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    GhastlyHun Full Member

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    Define often? He's at his third club ever.
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    FCBarca Mes que un Rag

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    Third club in 9 years. By comparison, Mou over 16 years as a coach changed clubs 7 times.
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    It's actually the opposite. Most managers keep things simple and play more reactive brand of football. The ones you mention are the best. It's managers like Sacchi, Bielsa, Guardiola, Sarri, etc. that go against the grain and try to play more complex, and usually more imaginative and adventurous football. That's why they get so much appreciation. And I think that football would be more fun if there were more managers like them around.
  18. Oct 12, 2017 at 11:51

    dichinero Full Member

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    FCBarca Mes que un Rag

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    This is what Guardiola refers to as lacking courage
  20. Oct 12, 2017 at 13:10

    Womp Full Member

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    The best managers win trophies - I don't give a shit about style of football played. Pep is amongst the best because he just does that, win trophies. If he didn't win anything, he can yap on about diamonds and shite as much as he wants - he wouldn't be taken as seriously. It's really that simple. It's why managers like Klopp etc. are seen as a tier below the big boys. If Pep wasn't winning trophies no-one would be on forums talking about him revolutionising the sport.

    Having more managers like them around is difficult considering as I've stated, you need some of the World's best players to implement such a system. Pep has still been very good since Barca, but it's no surprise he hasn't been anywhere near as dominant without Messi and co.

    SAF didn't give into this nonsense of having one idealistic approach to football and never adapting because it's 'cowardly' and he's considered by many to be one of the best managers ever, if not the best. Being able to create dominating sides is very impressive no doubt, but being a manager who's capable of adapting to situations and nullifying threats like that is also just as impressive.

    In fact Pep's arrogance is most likely his achilles heel as a manager - his style comes before results. Which is all fine and well, but not every club, nor manager has the resources to implement nor gives a shit about that.

    As has been shown over the years - you don't need to play tiki taka to be appreciated and to influence the sport. Take Leicester for example or Madrid who have just won two back to back Champions League's playing a more 'basic' style of football. Something that apparently isn't as impressive.
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  21. Oct 12, 2017 at 13:12

    Lawman Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    So Augero, Silva, Hart, Kompany, KDB, Ferndinho x2 are/were all bad players? 4 of them would walk into our starting 11 right now. Plus Sterling is a £50m player and that was before this seasons madness made prices rocket. He also had good solid pro's in other positions like Toure, Zabaleta, kolarov who granted were getting on a bit. Mangala they spent a fortune on has never been seen (albeit not Peps doing).
    Pep has spent well over €400m and won nothing if like last year he flounders come Christmas his job must be in serious doubt.
  22. Oct 12, 2017 at 13:17

    rotherham_red Full Member

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    Absolutely spot on.
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    amolbhatia50k Sneaky bum time

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    Some are obviously more influential than others, as in every field.
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    Lawman Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Fair points and agree with most but Pep had inherited an outrageously talented squad at Barca probably with 6-7 world class players plus Messi. Jose pipped him to a title in this time. He was amazing the trophies he won but think most top or capable managers would have won these things with Messi and co as has been demonstrated since he left. He also inherited the second best team in the planet going to Bayern where Dortmund were on a downward spiral in an already one horse league. City for me are his acid test in a league where 4-5 teams challenge for the trophy. And in my opinion he went to the club with the strongest squad possibly arguably other than Chelsea.
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    abhayselvan Full Member

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    A bit off-topic but were would you categorize Zidane. He doesn't seem to fall in either of these groups in my eyes. His team don't really change their system much to counter the opposition. But neither does his team play an expansive style of football the likes of Guardiola get their team to play.
  26. Oct 12, 2017 at 14:03

    Stocar Full Member

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    I'd say he's obviously very smart and has an aura of confidence. Just like he was as a player. It seems he's more interested in keeping things simple than imposing a particular vision. He reminds me of Ancelotti, a calming influence that knows how to get the best out of his players.
  27. Oct 12, 2017 at 17:17

    Zebs Clare Bald'ings Daughter

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    You're right, deleted!
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    JASR Full Member

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    Ffs it's not 'net spend rolled out again' its 'crappy net spend' ... for a large part of the population they only understand gross spend. For a smaller part of the population they can understand net spend... and for a small part of the population they can put aside red/blue tinted glasses and understand basic finance.
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    Lawman Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    That's not fair though. If we go into two separate businesses at the same time like Pep and Jose have (clubs) and you have more valuable assets to start with (Pep/City). Then it's hardly fair to use the so called 'crappy net spend' as that skews the picture. If you don't get that then I'm sorry but I'm actually not sure you are understanding the concept and the large part of the population you write about are correct.
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    While absolutely not without faults, I do like the way Pep leaves such a visible mark on his teams' playstyle. It's tremendous to watch once it gets going too. His obvious flaw is not recognizing when to change tactics (Bayern vs Real). He has the same disease the Dutch have in general, accepting that you should adapt to a stronger opponent. Luckily for him, there aren't many stronger opponents on paper. Yes that's because he has a lot of funds at all his clubs, but who cares, everyone wants him, can't blame him for not taking a job at Hull city.

    For me Pep's brand of football will go down in history as having added something to the game, even if he never wins one again. Same can't be said for a lot of other top manager imho.
  31. Oct 14, 2017 at 16:42

    Haddock Full Member

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    He can coach a team to all right. City will annihilate us come December. I'm afraid it will end up like the 5-1 drubbing Madrid suffered. Utter domination.
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    FCBarca Mes que un Rag

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    I'd criticize his attire today tbh, he can do better
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    Trizy Full Member

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    If we play like we did against Liverpool today then they will.
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    Randall Flagg Worst of the best

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    Rightfully so they look like they are going to walk away with the league this season

    I’m still holding hope they will slump soon like they did last season.

    But it’s hard to say a bad word about him, they play the right way, score loads of goals and look a cut above everyone else
  35. Oct 14, 2017 at 17:07

    Sylar Full Member

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    The test is when they get a few more injuries and a team or two try to nullify them and it works
    Right now it reminds me of last season (buy with better width)

    He's a top coach but want to see city away at the top teams (tbf did excellent against Chelsea but morata going off was a boost)
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    Kapardin Full Member

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    Cheee...bright ray of sunshine right there. Relax.
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    ivaldo Mediocre Horse Whisperer, s'up wid chew?

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    This the side that drew with Burnley annihilating is?
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    Randall Flagg Worst of the best

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    Aguero is out and they scored 7.

    Also mendy out for the season

    They’ve had a few injuries in fairness
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    Sylar Full Member

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    Ah i meant a few in same position, kinda like how we've had a few out in defence at one time
    Or today having two midfielders who would defo start

    One here and there I think they're covered like us. A few together would make a difference
  40. Oct 14, 2017 at 17:18

    Hugh Jass Full Member

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    Good bet to win it. Probably only ourselves and Spurs can challenge.