Manchester City dominated the Premier League last season, sweeping aside opponent after opponent in what was a record-breaking season in which they claimed their third Premier League title.
They became the first Premier League team to finish with 100 points and broke the record for the most number of goals scored, finding the back of the net an incredible 106 times. Pep Guardiola is the man to thank for their transformation into an unstoppable force.
So far this season, Manchester City have encountered a few teams who look destined to be the favorites in the relegation odds. Newcastle, Huddersfield, Cardiff City, and Burnley have all suffered defeat against the defending champions, and between them have conceded 18 goals against City.
Pep has a history in creating teams that dominate football, having previously done so at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich. At Barcelona, the club he spent much of his playing career at, he won 3 La Ligas, 2 Champions Leagues and 2 FIFA Club World Cups in four trophy-laden seasons as manager.
Managing a squad that contained the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Carles Puyol, and Andres Iniesta, Guardiola was always likely to experience success.
After four seasons in charge at the Nou Camp, Guardiola took a year’s sabbatical, before then signing a contract to become the new Bayern Munich manager.
The time he spent at Bayern returned three Bundesliga titles as well as two DFB-Pokal trophies, although he was unable to repeat the continental success he experienced at Barcelona. In each of his three seasons in charge of Bayern, the club was knocked out in the semi-final of the Champions League.
At the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Pep became the manager of English club Manchester City. His first season was one to forget, as the club failed to win a single trophy, becoming the first and so far the only instance that Guardiola hasn’t won a trophy in a season.
He has since transformed the club into the dominant force in English football but has yet to achieve European success that the City owners so desperately crave.
The following infographic looks at the achievements of the former Barcelona manager, taking a look at his best transfers, trophy cabinet, and record against other managers.