The Pep Factor

He guided Manchester City to success last season, claiming a record breaking points total as the Citizens won the Premier League for a third time in their history. In winning England’s top flight, City also broke the record for the most goals scored in a Premier League season, finding the back of the net 106 times.

Pep has experienced success everywhere he has been, with his most successful job being at Barcelona, where he won 3 La Liga titles, 2 Champions Leagues and 2 FIFA Club World Cups in four seasons. Pep guided Barcelona to victory in 179 of his 247 matches.

He later moved to Bayern Munich where he experienced similar levels of success, although could not find a way to win the Champions League, as Bayern crashed out of the competition in the semi-finals in all three seasons of Pep’s reign.

At Manchester City, Pep has been faced with a situation where more than two clubs are in serious contention to win the league each season. In Guardiola’s first season as City manager the club struggled to challenge for the title, as Chelsea finished as league champions, some 15 points clear of third placed Manchester City.

His fortunes changed in the second season, as City ran away with the league, finishing 19 points clear of runners-up Manchester United. Despite claiming the league title and the League Cup last season, they were still unable to experience European success, with Liverpool knocking City out of the Champions League in the quarter final.

City have continued on from last season, remaining undefeated in their opening 9 games and putting in some dominating performances. They remain the favourites in odds to win Premier League 2018/19 at 4/7.

If the blue side of Manchester are to maintain their title challenge, they will need to remain focused and ensure they win maximum points. After an impressive victory away to Shakhtar Donetsk, City look to be firing on all cylinders and Kevin De Bruyne’s return from injury makes City that much tougher to play against.

With Guardiola maintaining his success, the infographic below has been created to revel in the success of the Spaniard, with a look at his trophy cabinet, success against rival managers and his best transfers.