10 greatest football managers as Guardiola misses out on third Champions League

Pep Guardiola may have missed out on a third Champions League trophy but he is still among the 10 greatest football managers in history.

The Spaniard fell at the last hurdle as his Manchester City side were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea, meaning he has not won the competition for 10 years.

Despite struggles in Europe, the 50-year-old is now on 31 major honours as a manager after clinching a fifth Premier League title for the Etihad Stadium side.

It also means that across his stints at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, Guardiola has a 73 per-cent win rate from nearly 750 games on the touchline.

So Daily Star Sport decided to take a look at some of the other incredible managers from football’s history the Spaniard lines up with…

Johan Cruyff

Who else can we start with but the man who taught Guardiola all the tricks in the trade about management?

The legendary Dutchman reinvented during Ajax’s glory days in the 1960s before translating it into management with the Dutch giants and then Barcelona.

Introducing the concept of “Total football”, with players constantly filling spaces left by their team-mates and keeping the ball for short periods of time, he won four consecutive La Liga titles up to 1994 as well as the Champions League two years earlier.

While Cruyff passed away from lung cancer in 2016, his legacy lives on in the the way the modern game is played.

Sir Alex Ferguson

While Guardiola enjoyed a rivalry with Manchester United's iconic boss on the European stage, no-one comes close to his winning record.

Arriving at Old Trafford in 1986 from Aberdeen, the Scot brought in a ruthless style of management that turned the club into trophy-hunters by the start of the Premier League era.

On his retirement in 2019, the 79-year-old had 49 trophies in the cabinet – 12 more than the nearest contender.

They include 13 top-flight English honours and two Champions League – including a 1999 treble which has not been matched.

Sir Matt Busby

Pressure was high on Sir Alex when he arrived, though, as United had not won the league for 19 years.

And that came under the first great Scot to walk through the door following the Second World War.

Sir Matt took on a parental style of coaching players such as George Best and Bobby Charlton to get the best out them – which he did in style.

Over 24 years at Old Trafford, he won 13 major honours for the club which included the 1986 European Cup, making them one of the giants of European football.

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Bill Shankly

Sit Matt was one of three iconic British managers to come out of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire mines, with this Liverpool hero born in a 30-mile radius of his United rival.

With the Reds hanging onto glories of the past, Shankly arrived in 1959 to take them from the Second Division to top-flight winners in five years.

He became a man of the people for Liverpool, renovating the tired Anfield ground, overhauling the squad and creating the think-tank of the "Boot Room".

The beginning of European dominance came with the 1973 European Cup, putting the club on a huge upwards trajectory.

Jock Stein

The last man from the Scottish mines single-handedly made Celtic into a powerhouse over 13 years.

In 718 games at the helm of the Hoops, Stein won nine Scottish Premiership titles in a row during the 1960s as well as 20 other domestic cups.

But the pinnacle came on a special night in Lisbon 54 years ago, coming back against Inter to lift their only European Cup in a quintuplet trophy season.

Passing away at just 62 years old, the man who put Celtic back on top of Scotland as his 26 honours put the Celtic icon joint-seventh on the all-time list.

Mircea Lucescu

A name that really should be mentioned more often in these discussions.

The Romanian has been in management for 42 years, his most high-profile job coming at Inter for the 1998/99 season which ended with a disastrous eighth-place Serie A finish.

But it has not stopped Lucescu finding success consistently in his home country, Italy and the Ukraine.

His most recent title came this season, leading Dynamo Kiev to the Ukrainian Premier League for the first time in six years.

And it means the 75-year-old is now on 37 major titles, with only Sir Alex ahead of him when it comes to serial-winning managers.

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal fans had no idea what they were getting when "Le Professeur" arrived from Japan in 1996, bringing new diets and training regimes to north London.

But his methods changed Premier League football as the Gunners never left the top three for nine years, even winning the Invincibles title of 2004.

While others pulled ahead with Wenger's methods, seven FA Cups and 1,235 games earned him an emotional farewell in 2018.

Hansi Flick

His success as a senior manager may have only come about in the last two years but the manner in which the German went about it was phenomenal.

Flick, having served as Joachim Low's assistant coach for the national side to win the 2014 World Cup and reach all semi-finals, was called on in November 2019 with Bayern fourth in the Bundesliga.

They won all but three league games to clinch the title before adding a Champions League honour weeks later.

Adding the FIFA Club World Cup, the man now set to become Germany's manager became the second to win a sextuple of trophies – after Guardiola's Barcelona in 2009.

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Jose Mourinho

The list would not be complete without The Special One!

After announcing himself on the world stage with Porto's Champions League win in 2004, the Portuguese boss started Chelsea's new era under Roman Abramovich with two consecutive Premier League titles.

His defensive systems meant the Blues went on a 86-game unbeaten home run during his first tenure.

A second Champions League glory came at Inter before winning trophies at Real Madrid, again at Chelsea and United.

With Roma his next challenge, no-one else has made management as exciting as Mou.

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