Pep Guardiola got his first senior managerial job in 2008, taking the reins at Barcelona. He has since established himself as one of the managers of this generation, enjoying success in three different leagues.
The Spanish tactician was in charge of Catalan giants Barcelona for four years between 2008 and 2012. He helped the Blaugrana win 14 trophies, including three La Liga and two UEFA Champions League titles, during that period.
He then functioned as the manager of German giants Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2016. He enjoyed significant domestic success with the Bavarians, winning three Bundesliga titles and two DFB Pokal trophies.
The former midfielder embarked on a new journey in 2016, taking charge of Manchester City. During his six years at the club’s helm, he has led them to 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles.
Is Manchester City’s manager a genius?
It is a question perhaps impossible to answer fully and decisively at this time but one that, given his unprecedented success in multiple countries, warrants exploring.
Certainly he is not far off, sharing many traits of geniuses who have marked history. Having succeeded in all three managerial jobs, Guardiola is now widely considered the best manager in the world.
However, Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys has refused to acknowledge the 51-year-old as the genius that many make him out to be.
The BeIN Sports presenter pointed out how Guardiola has failed to lead Manchester City to Champions League glory despite having wasted millions. He also claimed that the Cityzens manager has been ‘luck’ to have gotten jobs at three big teams. Keys wrote in his blog:
“Guardiola is often spoken of as a ‘genius’. He’s not. He’s good, but he’s also been lucky to have coached three big teams – where he’s always inherited good players. He’s wasted millions at City. Yes – he’s delivered trophies – significantly, not the big one – but so he should’ve done with the money he’s had.”
The statement of Richard Keys shared on social media gathered a number of replies from a wide range of football lovers.
While reacting to the statement, many people noted that Richard Keys is wrong with his criticism, and they believe Pep Guardiola is best at what he does.
Others agreed that with the kind of players Man City is having in the squad, Pep Guardiola should have delivered the Champions League trophy.
Below is a screenshot of how fans reacted to the statement of Richard Keys.
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