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PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Josep Guardiola has required only three and a half seasons to become the manager with most wins in the Champions League in the history of FC Barcelona. This Wednesday at the San Siro, he secured his 27th victory in the top European competition, and overtook Louis van Gaal, who won 26 matches in his eight seasons as manager of the first team.

Only five defeats

In the 45 games in charge of the first team in the Champions League, Josep Guardiola has lost only 5 matches and drawn 13. In all, that's 89% of matches without losing. Only Wisla Krakow, Shakhtar Donetsk, Rubin Kazan, Arsenal, and Inter Milan have been capable of defeating Barça, and this season they are undefeated. Comparing these stats with previous managers, Rijkaard had 85% of games without losing, whilst Van Gaal had 83%.

The balance, two titles and a semifinal

This important number of wins explains in part the great trajectory in Europe of Guardiola's team: two titles and a semi-final in three years. This season, Barça have already secured their spot in the last 16, and once again as group leaders, with the return leg at home.


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