Pep Guardiola's time at Bayern Munich shouldn't be disregarded

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Pep Guardiola has a pretty impressive record. In only six seasons, soon to be seven, he has claimed 19 trophies.

He is on course for more success this year, with Borussia Dortmund waiting in the German Cup final, and only one victory separating Bayern Munich from a record fourth consecutive league title. Oh, and he is in yet another Champions League semi-final.

While his record is impressive, people still criticise the Spaniard. They see his failure to deliver a European title during his time in Germany as a disappointment, especially since his predecessor did just that. Jupp Heynckes managed it only a few weeks prior to Guardiola's arrival, but the 45-year-old recognises this.


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As per The Daily Mail, "In three years we have got to three semi-finals, but I know that people say if I don't win the Champions League my work won't be complete," he said ahead of his clash with Atletico Madrid.

Reaching the semi-finals wins you nothing, but Guardiola's record is something to boast about. Never has he not reached this stage, and he is undefeated when he has reached the final.

The simple fact is that winning the Champions League is difficult. The sainted Sir Alex Ferguson managed it twice, the lauded Jose Mourinho the same. Pep also has two crowns but more importantly, has managed it in a fraction of the time. Mourinho became Porto boss in late 2002, Ferguson's historic spell at Manchester United began in 1986.

Should Guardiola win the whole thing this year, he would become the first man to win three Champions League titles. Looking back to the European Cup era, Liverpool's Bob Paisley is the one manager to have managed a hat-trick of winner's medals.

The argument levelled against Guardiola is that his managerial feats have been accomplished with teams that were favourites for the title. Anyone could win the Cup with those players. Great players have existed forever, though. Look at the Dutch national team, for all their stars they have no World Cups to polish. The Holland teams of the 1970s are held in high regard because they played beautiful football.

Tika Taka has its opponents, but few would argue against that Barcelona performance in the 2011 Champions League final being included among the greatest ever. Whether you love or hate his style of play, it can be mesmerising and well, beautiful.

Ultimately, though, it all comes down to winning. And that's what Guardiola does. Including pre-season games and friendlies, the Bayern boss has a 78% win rate. In three years in Bavaria, he has lost just 25 games. At Barca, he lost only 22 competitive games in four seasons.

Enough said.

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