Everyone in soccer knows Pep Guardiola has the golden touch. He has been one of the top managers in the world for decades.
Guardiola has constantly brought out the best in his sides, from La Liga with Barcelona to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich to the Premier League with Manchester City. He’s a player’s coach who understands the complexities of the game, which comes in handy when guiding superstars like Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and Kevin De Bruyne. You don’t have a chance if you can’t connect to folks who are bigger than life.
Guardiola’s Man City (-135 favorites) is in its second straight UCL Semifinals following a 0-0 draw with Atlético Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals. This will be his seventh participation in the famous competition’s final four.
It’s a feat that might cement Guardiola’s place as the finest UCL coach of all time.
Make way for the new king, Carlo Ancelotti and José Mourinho.
This pair is often mentioned as the “best soccer coach ever” for their efforts all around Europe. Guardiola’s ability to outperform them both today, in his early 50s, attests to his excellence.