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Pep Guardiola is the best coach despite his stubborn philosophies

mirror: Ajax coach Erik ten Hag believes Pep Guardiola’s ­Premier League experience has made him football’s ­ultimate boss.

Ten Hag, the Dutchman who got a close-up view of Guardiola’s methods when he was in charge of Bayern Munich’s reserve team and the Catalan was winning three successive Bundesliga titles, reckons a season of failure at ­ Manchester City prompted Pep to perfect his philosophy.

He had enjoyed non-stop ­success in Barcelona and Bavaria but Guardiola’s first year at the ­Etihad ended without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career.

Since then, City have won eight of the nine domestic trophies up for grabs.

And Ten Hag believes ­Guardiola must now be ­considered the greatest boss of all time.

He said: “Only once in his career has Pep made a mistake – in his first year at ­Manchester City when he completely ­underestimated the power and speed of the Premier League.

“He realised that you can’t play the kind of football he loves without ­having a couple of physically strong athletes – and so he brought them in. So he’s not a stubborn coach.

“Yes, he is stubborn in his ­philosophy, but not in the ­execution. And that makes him the best.

“Nobody will ever forget ­Guardiola. He has won so many trophies for a start – but it is mainly about how his teams play.

“Guardiola only wants to win games with beautiful football, just like his teacher Johan Cruyff.

“And what makes him stand out is that he is proving his quality as a top coach in Spain, Germany and now England.

“He has adapted to the culture in every country.”

Ten Hag (below) became a Guardiola disciple in Munich. The notes the 50-year-old took when studying Guardiola’s training ­sessions held him in good stead when he became Ajax coach.

He guided the Amsterdam ­giants to their first Eredivsie title in five years last season – and came within a whisker of reaching the Champions League final.

When the Dutch league was called off due to
the coronavirus ­pandemic, Ajax were once again top of the table.

Ten Hag ­believes that one key factor in ­Guardiola’s ­success is how he persuades elite players to get even better. He said: “Guardiola had great players at Barcelona, like Andreas Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Xavi and others.

“But it takes a lot of quality from a coach to make top players play in a great way as a team.

“You have to convince them that they each have a role in that team. Guardiola is a master of that. Some top players cannot play in his teams – like Zlatan ­Ibrahimovic.

“Everyone has to contribute. The team comes first and not the individual. Even Messi was more of a team player under Guardiola. He has never been as brilliant again as he was under Pep.

“Now, Messi is above the team – and everyone has to work for him. And we see that Barca have not won as much in recent years as they did under Guardiola.”

Ten Hag added: “Guardiola rams his philosophy into his players. He drills them for as long as it takes to get every pattern automatic and fluent.

“Possession of the ball is almost holy – but only for creating chances and scoring goals. And we all know that if his team lose the ball, it must be ­recaptured within five seconds.

“Guardiola is not a coach who compromises and that can create clashes with players. But he has gained authority because of all the trophies he has won.

“Pep has become a unique coach because tactically he has found the answer to every ­international development and change in football. He’s a super innovator.”

Source: Published by mirror

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Oladele Akinola Oludare
Oladele Akinola Oludare
4 months ago

Yes.
He’s one the best.

Idibie mark
Idibie mark
4 months ago

He being the best presently in the last decade i agree. But not the overall best.

Dele Braimoh
Dele Braimoh
4 months ago

Spot on by Ten Hag, Guardiola will become one of the greatest coaches ever if not the greatest before he stops coaching. He is simply a genius when it comes to coaching.

ogunjemiyo Akinlami
ogunjemiyo Akinlami
4 months ago

he’s one of d best coach considering his achievement and his eyes for good player

Richard Rotimi
Richard Rotimi
4 months ago

Guardiola has worked so hard and he will emerge the best.

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
4 months ago

Guerrilla has worked so hard and he deserves the best

Fatima Abdullahi
Fatima Abdullahi
4 months ago

Guardiola has worked so hard and he deserves the best

Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
Onafuwa Oluwasheyi Oladipo
4 months ago

Everyone is entitled to his opinion. Not still winning d champions league with Manchester City is still a disappointment for me.

Abdulwahab shayau
Abdulwahab shayau
4 months ago

I believed in all what Ten Hag said here, Messi under Guardiola perform better than post Guardiola era

Taiwo Samuel
Taiwo Samuel
4 months ago

Pep, is the best manager, the trophies say it all.

Ugonna odidika
Ugonna odidika
4 months ago

He is one of the best.

AREO Abiodun
AREO Abiodun
4 months ago

He a good coach

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
4 months ago

To Ajax coach, pep is the best coach. But to me he is not

Idris yayah
Idris yayah
4 months ago

Sure even the like of sir Alex Ferguson still av a long way to be compared with pep in Europe

Sammy alabi
Sammy alabi
4 months ago

He his the best, he his the choosen one.. soon we be the greatest of all time coach

Ajagu Joseph Samson
Ajagu Joseph Samson
4 months ago

Right now he is the best coach. He gifted with reading games and knowing the kind of players to field in for each game

stanley
stanley
4 months ago

I concur because he has a good perception in choosing players and reading games

TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
TSOKWA PUNARIMAM
4 months ago

He is a good coach,well I will say the best but not overall best

Obed Thomas
Obed Thomas
4 months ago

indeed He is one of the best coaches in the world. He have enough experience and achievement.

Jacobs
Jacobs
4 months ago

He is one of the best.
Alex Ferguson I’d the real boss

Edoama Larry Effiong
Edoama Larry Effiong
4 months ago

If pep is the best then who is the greatest?

Ajao sherif
Ajao sherif
4 months ago

I partially accept that but let’s take a look at j.klopp… He is absolute a talented coach.

Ekigho Grace
Ekigho Grace
4 months ago

Well he is one of the best
If Manchester city was on top,then I could have called him the very best.

Olaniyi olubunmi
Olaniyi olubunmi
4 months ago

Yes he is bcs he prove himself in different clubs in different leaguez in different way with different styles

Chima franklyn
Chima franklyn
4 months ago

We know that already

Atte
Atte
4 months ago

I agree he’s the best. He has been with the best clubs in the best leagues in the world winning trophies. He sure deserve all the accolades.

Emeghurhie Peter
Emeghurhie Peter
4 months ago

I can’t argue with you, he is the best ever

Christopher Ebuka Ogbuoji
Christopher Ebuka Ogbuoji
4 months ago

Guardiola is a good manager and I like his pattern but we should not forget that man city spend alot of money for him in buying him players

Ogbor
Ogbor
4 months ago

During the time of coaching Barcelona I so love him, I was the best and still the best

Chetachi Nwabueze
Chetachi Nwabueze
4 months ago

Pep is a brilliant manager.
An intelligent coach

Tosin ogunsuyi
Tosin ogunsuyi
4 months ago

Is someone that keeps improving every time

Ademola wahab
Ademola wahab
4 months ago

Yea ten hag is right, hes a great coach, the way he motivate and bring out the best from all this star players is massive, for me is the best coach of the decade, not the best of all time.

Adewole olatunde samuel
Adewole olatunde samuel
4 months ago

His one of the best

Daniel Ntichika
Daniel Ntichika
4 months ago

No1 disputes d fact dat pep is a gud coach… Bt let him work with a team with a low transfer budget n prove himself more

Anthony Anyanwu
Anthony Anyanwu
4 months ago

I don’t agree on this but definetly he is among the best

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
4 months ago

Yes that’s true

Ndubest Ndubest
Ndubest Ndubest
3 months ago

I think he is the best

Odunlami Soliu Omololu
Odunlami Soliu Omololu
3 months ago

Jose Mourinho is the best coach.a good coach must be able to create something out of nothing

Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
Adeleke Tunde Ridwan
3 months ago

Pep is a good coach and excellent one indeed but do not speak ill of messi please .messi doesnt place himself above the team nor the club .every knows he is an humble one.pep quadiola ,the greastest of all time

Divine okafor
Divine okafor
1 month ago

Pep guardiola has been outstanding