Everywhere he goes, he succeeds. Pep Guardiola has written his name into the history books. Winning trophies in Spain and Germany were not enough to satisfy the serial winner. His past shows that he likes to go in, win it all, and get out. It was widely assumed that Pep would be at Manchester City for no more than three seasons. The three seasons are up and Pep Guardiola has without a doubt established himself as the greatest Manchester City manager of all time.
The City boss has taken his club to new heights. Breaking records, achieving the unachievable and knocking down every English side in their path has turned Man City into a global superpower. Back-to-back Premier Leagues and a domestic treble to his name is certainly enough for most to be satisfied with. Yet, for some reason, he remains in England. With speculation around the world-class manager receiving the Juventus job, it wouldn’t have come as a surprise to see Guardiola leave the Etihad.
He has won everything there is to win in England, so it is unlikely that he turned down a potential Juve job just so that he could bring home another EPL title. It is looking increasingly more like Guardiola wants to do with City what he couldn’t do at Bayern Munich. Winning the Champions League is all that remains for Pep at Man City. But there are two looming questions that need answering. Will Pep prioritise the Champions League over the EPL? And, will this be his last season as City boss, regardless if he achieves European glory?
Guardiola has not openly expressed his desire to win the Champions League with Man City. In fact, he has done quite the opposite. When Pep Guardiola was commenting on the domestic treble he and his players achieved, he said: “To do that is more difficult than to win the Champions League”. There is no doubt that a domestic treble is something that will be admired for years to come. However, it is necessary that we have a competition to measure the best clubs against each other in order to determine who is at the top of the tree. The Champions League is that competition.
Right now, the big question that all football fans are asking is ‘who’s better, Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp?’ It is a battle that the two managers will likely have no interest in. Nevertheless, Pep and all the City players will have been extremely jealous as they watched Liverpool lift the UCL trophy.
Given the work ethic and attitude that Guardiola has, it is likely that Man City will once again fight equally hard on all fronts. Some may suggest that a more sensible approach would be to prioritise the UCL over the EPL. But any hypothetical scenario in where Pep doesn’t take one game as seriously as the next is an unrealistic one. If a quadruple is what Pep seeks then improvement within the squad is needed. Only thing is that they don’t look like they could get any better.
It is hard to see how Pep Guardiola would remain at Man City if they were successful in winning the Champions League. Is his connection to the blue side of Manchester stronger than his connection to Barcelona? Unlikely. This is expected to be his last endeavour with the English champions as new challenges lurk around every corner for the serial winner.
Guardiola himself has stated that Manchester City will not be his final job. Question is, when will that next job come? A move to France or Italy would allow Pep to write himself in the history books of yet another club. Or, a job in international football may seem more appealing, giving him the opportunity to add a World Cup to his collection.