Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest football managers of his generation. Probably of any generation, in fact. And since he took over as Manchester City boss in 2016, he has overseen a veritable epoch of domestic dominance.
Guardiola started his managerial career with the Barcelona B team in the Spanish fourth tier, but was drafted in as first-team head coach after just a year and has been unstoppable ever since.
At Camp Nou, he put together a team that revolutionised football with its mesmerising passing style and won three La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and three Champions Leagues.
After a sabbatical in New York, Guardiola then moved to Bayern Munich and, though he was unable to repeat the European success he enjoyed at Barcelona, his team crushed the Bundesliga, winning three straight titles by a combined margin of 39 points.
The story has been much the same in east Manchester. Since arriving to a project that had been perfectly tailored to his desires, Guardiola has won four out of a possible six Premier League titles – and may well be on for a fifth in seven.
Five League Cups and an FA Cup have only made the job he’s done look all the more impressive, even with all the caveats of the money spent on players and the world-class infrastructure built for his benefit.
The praise heaped on Guardiola by even his bitterest rivals and the harshest pundits tells you everything you need to know about him as a football coach.
Speaking in 2021, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “[City] have an incredible squad and the best manager in the world and that makes it a good recipe.
“It’s always a joy to play against them because it’s a massive challenge from a football point of view. You can beat them but you have to be at your absolute top to do so.”
Even Roy Keane, formerly captain of Manchester United and one of the most stony-faced commentators around, has gushed praise for the Catalan tactician.
In December 2021, Keane told Sky: “I remember we did a game last year, I didn’t write off Man City but I think I said they lost their mojo. And then they won the league and it was like a doddle to them… I think Pep is the man, I look at all of the managers I think Pep is the man.”
But just how dominant have City been domestically since Guardiola arrived? There have been the four titles, but his first season was not as good as expected and Liverpool nicked the title from them in 2020.
If only there were some way to measure league performance over a period of time.
What’s that? Just look at the number of points every team has accumulated since Guardiola came to the Premier League?
Oh, well, go on then.
So, good readers, here it is; the Premier League table since Guardiola became Manchester City manager. It makes for pretty pleasant reading if you’re a City fan.
Note: We’ve only included the 11 teams who’ve played in the Premier League for each of the seven seasons Guardiola has been about.
All teams have played 250 games, with the exception of City, Manchester United & Tottenham (251 played) and Liverpool (249 played).
1. Manchester City – 587 points
2. Liverpool – 540 points
3. Chelsea – 473 points
4. Tottenham Hotspur – 465 points
5. Manchester United – 460 points
6. Arsenal – 445 points
7. Leicester – 347 points
8. Everton – 329 points
9. West Ham – 319 points
10. Crystal Palace – 294 points
11. Southampton – 271 points
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