Josep Guardiola / PHOTO: ARCHIVE FCB

After the departure of Manolo Preciado as manager of Sporting Gijon, Pep Guardiola has become the manager of a Primera Division team with more consecutive games managing the same team. Preciado led Sporting in 232 consecutive games, whilst Guardiola has been in charge of Barça for 220 matches since the 2008/09 season. Interestingly, his immediate pursuer is Unai Emery, his rival in the semifinals of the Spanish  Cup, who has reached 192 consecutive games as Valencia manager.

The fourth Barça manager with more matches

On the other hand, Guardiola now occupies fourth place in the ranking of managers with more games for FC Barcelona, ​​only bettered by Johan Cruyff (430), Frank Rijkaard (273) and Marinus Michels (264). The cold statistics become more significant if we look at the numbers in depth, as Guardiola is third in terms of wins (159), behind Cruyff (250) and Rijkaard (160), whilst in terms of goals scored by Barça under the leadership of Guardiola (562) he is only surpassed by those scored by Johan Cruyff's players between 1988 and 1996 (870). Thus, the percentages show that Pep is the best manager that Barça has ever had.

The Barça manager with more trophies

Obviously, if Guardiola is the best this is not only due to statistics, but also for something intangible such as his team's fabulous football, and especially their achievements. In this sense, the numbers speak for themselves: since 2008 Barça have won 13 of 16 possible titles, a record for FC Barcelona. Behind are the 11 titles won by Johan Cruyff's Dream Team and the 8 trophies won by Jack Greenwell in the years 1917-24 and 1931-33. On the horizon we may see a new record that would put Barça at the top of the podium of Spanish football, as the manager with most titles in Spanish history is Miguel Muñoz, former Madrid manager, who won 14 titles with his epic Madrid team between 1959 and 1974.

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