Where does Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola rank in the pantheon of the Premier League’s greatest managers?
At this point, it has to be a direct battle between Guardiola and Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson, right?
Ferguson has longevity, but the most he’s ever managed in a full season is 92 points. Under Guardiola, City have reached 100 points and 98 points, and they are on course for another 90+ season in 2021/22.
That’s not to say Robbie Savage’s opinion should be taken as gospel, but the ex-midfielder is one of many willing to put the Spaniard above all others.
“Pep improves players and this team is amazing,” Savage said last year on BT Sports.
“For me the best manager I’ve seen in the Premier League.”
Fastest Manager to 500 points
Man City’s 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday became another record affair for Guardiola.
He became the fastest manager in Premier League history with 500 points.
Guardiola managed to reach 500 points in 18 games less than Jose Mourinho, who held the previous record.
Who else is on the manager’s list to reach 500 points, and how quickly did they do it?
Let’s find out.
Steve Bruce | 441 games
Harry Redknapp | 392 matches
Sam Allardyce | 386 games
Marc Hughes | 367 games
Martin O’Neill | 351 matches
david moyes | 340 matches
Raphael Benitez | 267 matches
Arsene Wenger | 249 games
Mr. Alex Ferguson | 242 matches
Jurgen Klopp | 236 games
Jose Mourinho | 231 matches
Pep Guardiola | 213 matches
Breakdown of Guardiola’s 500 points
Guardiola’s favorite opponents are Arsenal. His City side won 34 points against the Gunners.
You can also see the breakdown of Guardiola’s 500 points per season.
- 2016/17 – 78 points
- 2017/18 – 100 points
- 2018/19 – 98 points
- 2019/20 – 81 points
- 2020/21 – 86 points
- 2021/22 – 57 points
Whether or not he is the best in the history of the English top flight, Guardiola has established himself as one of the best the country has ever seen in less than six seasons, with a fourth title surely on the way.
It is truly remarkable.