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    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: Fraudiola or world class?

    There is no denying Pep Guardiola was a fantastic midfielder back in his playing days, being often lauded as one of the most talented players to ever come through the Barcelona youth team.

    But how does this midfield maestro rank in terms of a manager? Does he deserve to be known as Fraudiola or is he generally a world class coach?

    His trophy cabinet certainly speaks volumes, winning 22 trophies at three different clubs and looking set to add a Premier League title with runaway leaders Manchester City to bring his total to 23 trophies since his managerial career began in 2008. He was also known as the youngest ever manager to win the UEFA Champions League in his first season as Barcelona manager.

    In 2008, he succeeded Frank Rijkaard as manager of Barcelona spending 4 seasons at the Catalan Giants most notably winning 3 consecutive La Liga Titles in his first 3 seasons as manager. He also went on to win the Champions League, Copa Del Rey, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice. He was also a three-time winner of the Supercopa de Espana.

    However, he failed to deliver a fourth consecutive La Liga title in his final season as Barcelona manager and was also knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final to eventual winners Chelsea. 

    Following a year out of management he was unveiled as manager of Bayern Munich, who had just won the Champions League the season before and would go on to manage them for 3 seasons winning seven trophies during his time in Germany including three successive Bundesliga titles and two domestic doubles with the DFP-Pokal and the Bundesliga.

    However, he never won the Champions League with the German Giants ending their run of making it to the Champions League Final which they did the previous two seasons before being appointed as manager.

    In 2016, Pep Guardiola decided that it was time for a change of scenery and also a new challenge which he took in the form of Manchester City.

    His first season didn't go as he would have planned, failing to win a single trophy for the first time ever in his career, and also finishing third in the league, also a first in his career - failing to finish in the top two.

    His second season, on the other hand, seems to be going just a little bit better than his first having already won the EFL Cup and seemingly running away with the Premier League.

    During the middle of the season people were expecting Pep and City to deliver, they looked set to complete this and win the Quadruple. However, this was ended firstly by League One Wigan Athletic in a shock 1-0 defeat during their FA Cup tie but they still remained on course to complete a Treble until they were eliminated 5-1 on aggregate to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final. 

    In my opinion, he has had success handed to him taken over at already successful clubs in Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Now, at Manchester City, especially after the first season, he has found that he has a challenge on his hands to gain success nothing in which he has experienced as a manager of Barca and Bayern who are both dominant forces in the league respectively. 

    Brian Clough, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho all experienced challenges but transformed those clubs from mediocre league team on to competing at the highest level within Europe’s elite.

    Mourinho with Porto, UEFA Cup & Champions League in successive seasons. Chelsea, successive Premier League titles with a record breaking 95 points in his first season.

    Fergie with Manchester United, breaking Liverpool’s most top-flight titles record by dominating the Premier League era.

    And Cloughie transforming Nottingham Forest from a Second Division outfit to Back to Back European Champions in 4 seasons. 

    Can Pep Guardiola be mentioned alongside these World Class Managers or is the name "Fraudiola" justified?

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