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Pep Guardiola at 50: His managerial career in numbers

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To celebrate Pep Guardiola's 50th birthday, we take a look at some of the incredible stats behind his managerial career so far…

Barcelona: 2009-2012

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Nothing beats getting one over on your rivals, and perhaps the greatest example of that in Guardiola’s reign as Barcelona boss came in November 2010.

Real Madrid, managed by Jose Mourinho and yet to taste defeat in La Liga, were taught a footballing lesson at the Nou Camp.

Goals from Xavi, Pedro, a David Villa brace and Jeffren capped off an imperious display in a season where Barca swept aside all before them on the way to a La Liga and Champions League double.

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Among his many incredible feats in the dugout, is a domestic treble in Guardiola's first season in charge of Barcelona’s senior team.

It was the first time a Spanish side had won La Liga, the Copa Del Rey and the Champions League, and something that has been replicated just once since then, by Luis Enrique’s Blaugrana outfit six years later.

Barca would go on to win every competition they entered in the calendar year of 2009. No surprises then when Guardiola was crowned European manager of the year!

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When Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final on 26 May 2012, Pep Guardiola signed off as manager with an eye watering haul of 14 trophies.

Domestically, that included three titles, two Copa del Reys and three Spanish Super Cups; while on a European front, he finished with two UEFA Super Cups, two Champions Leagues, and two FIFA World Club Cups to his name.

But if that incredible impact needed emphasising further, Guardiola achieved all of that in just four seasons.

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The amount of passes Barcelona completed in their 3-1 win over Manchester United in the 2011 Champions League final, compared to their opponents’ 357.

Pep's side ended the game with 69% possession and limited United, taking part in their third Champions League final in four seasons, to a single shot on target.

Bayern Munich: 2013-2016

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It took Guardiola just 27 matches to win his first league championship when he took the reins at Bayern Munich in 2013, the shortest amount of time in Bundesliga history.

Bayern wrapped up the title with a 3-1 away win at Hertha Berlin on 25 March 2014, and our boss did not stop there in a record-breaking first season in Bavaria.

Die Rotes matched their own record of the highest amount of wins in a single season that very same year (29/34).

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The amount of goals Pep’s Bayern Munich side achieved in just 102 Bundesliga matches, a domestic record in Germany.

To put that incredible feat into context, that is an average of just below 2.5 goals per game for a full three seasons.

But Guardiola also backed up that devastating attacking force with a rock solid defence, keeping 59 Bundesliga clean sheets during his tenure, at an average of more than one every other game.

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The importance of a strong start cannot be overemphasised, but it will come as no surprise to hear that our brilliant boss achieved exactly that in Bavaria.

It took Guardiola 28 Bundesliga matches before he finally tasted defeat against Augsburg on 5 April 2014.

Bayern had already wrapped up the title by that point, and it remains a Bundesliga record to this day; yet another example of why our manager has such a formidable reputation across the continent.

Manchester City: 2016-Present

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It would be easy to run out of superlatives to describe the historic side that clinched our third Premier League title, and Pep’s first as manager.

Not only did we finish on a staggering 100 points, the only ‘Centurions’ in English top flight history, but that season’s devastating vintage smashed a number of other notable records.

City picked up the most wins in Premier League history (32), breaking the record for the longest streak in the process (18), and picked up victories against every other team in the league at least once throughout the season.

They scored the most goals in a season (106), accrued with the largest goal difference (+79) and finished a staggering 19 points clear of runners up Manchester United.

Individually, Guardiola won the manager of the month award four times in succession from September to December, a Premier League record, as well as being voted Premier League and LMA manager of the season.

But to top it all off, we followed that historic campaign by achieving an unprecedented domestic clean sweep the following year!

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Our total goal difference under Pep.

In that time, City have found the back of the net 635 times, and conceded 214.

City have won a staggering 28 matches in that period by a margin of five or more goals, and have only drawn a blank on 26 occasions since August 2016.

We are renowned for our devastating offensive capabilities, and it is stats such as these that reinforce that reputation.

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Pep Guardiola’s win percentage in all competitions since taking over as City boss in July 2016.

In that time, City have won an incredible 192 of the 260 matches in which the Catalan has been in the hot seat.

Combining that win percentage with his tenures in Spain (72.4%) and Germany (75.1%), our manager has a senior managerial career win percentage of 73.78%.

To put that into context, Guardiola has won almost 3/4 of the games he has taken charge of across his 13 seasons as a manager so far.

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The amount of days since City were knocked out of the Carabao Cup.

That defeat came in a fourth round clash away at Manchester United on 26 October 2016.

At that point, Sergio Aguero was still a full year away from becoming our all-time leading scorer, and since then City have won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three Carabao Cups.

We have also played 22 matches in the competition over that four-year period, tasting defeat just once in last season’s two-legged semi-final triumph over United.

We find ourselves in the final for a fourth consecutive year in April, pitting our wits against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur.

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