“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve
greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
Compiled by Mike Cerutti Osagie
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Perhaps his middle name ought to be " Winning"! But he is Josep "Pep" Guardiola Sala - a Spanish
professional football manager and former player, who is the current manager of
Premier League club Manchester City and it, is not for nothing that he is regarded
as one of world’s best coaches alive; his winning mentality is worth emulating
He said this week that his hunger and desire to help City achieve
more silverware burns as brightly as ever in the wake of his latest remarkable
career landmark, this is a very positive talk, and I decided to present him to
our mammoth readers.
Saturday’s vital 1-0 win over Sheffield United saw the City boss chalk up his
500th career win as a manager as well as creating yet more English history in
steering the Club to a record nine wins throughout January.
In the course of those 500 career victories, the boss has already secured an
incredible 29 major trophies during his illustrious time in charge at
Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City.
And asked at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Burnley ( where he won again)how he maintained that
drive, Guardiola revealed that his appetite to succeed was as insatiable as
“You feel better when you win. When you win it is so addictive and you want to
win again and again and again. When it comes to titles you want more,”
“Especially because the players are good and the clubs where I have worked have
been so good. This is the only reason. All athletes prefer to win than lose.
comes from there.
“Always I have the feeling that I can lose a game. That’s what drives you.
“Insecurity and fear and being scared that you can lose a game.
"Everyone is the same. Why should you stop if you are able to win? It
comes from there.”
City’s form over the past two months has been little short of extraordinary
with Guardiola’s side chalking up 12 consecutive victories across all
as he looked ahead to another demanding month, with City facing at least seven
games across February, the boss said there were still ways he felt his players
Six weeks ago we were not contenders for anything, six weeks later we are.
Everything can change so quick," the City manager asserted.
could drop points. Only I am concerned about Burnley. That’s all.
you start to think about the next game you can drop points. All I am concerned
about is Sean Dyche’s team, making a good selection and winning the game,
because you feel better when you win; to me,winning is addiction and I can't imaging living without winnings” that is Pep for you!
A POSITIVE MENTALITY GUY PEP
Considered one of the best midfielders of his generation by Johan Cruyff, Guardiola was a highly creative, hard-working, nimble, and elegant player, with good anticipation, tactical awareness, and an ability to read the game; throughout his career, he was deployed as a central or defensive midfielder in front of his team's back-line.
Although he was competent defensively and able to press opponents to break up play and win the ball, due to his slender build he usually functioned as a deep-lying playmaker, where he excelled courtesy of his technical ability and intelligent, efficient, precise passing game.
Despite his lack of notable pace or physical attributes, Guardiola was highly regarded throughout his career for his vision, close control, passing range, positional sense, and calm composure on the ball, which enabled him to retain possession and either set the tempo of his team's play in midfield with intricate short exchanges, or switch the play or create chances with longer passes.
Guardiola was capable of being an offensive threat, due to his ability to make attacking runs or strike accurately from distance; he was also effective at creating chances or shooting on goal from set-pieces. Having served as captain of both Barcelona and the Spanish national side, he also stood out for his leadership throughout his career.
Guardiola's playing style, which relied on creativity, technique and ball movement, rather than physicality and pace, inspired several future diminutive Spanish playmaking midfielders, such as Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, and with the latter describing him as his "idol". Former Barcelona president Juan Laporta once described Guardiola as "the best central midfielder in our history
· THE MAN PEP AND HIS MANY HONORS
· Segunda División B: 1990–91
· La Liga: 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99
· Copa del Rey: 1996–97
· Supercopa de España: 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996
· UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1996–97
· European/UEFA Super Cup: 1992, 1997
· Olympic Gold Medal: 1992
· Olympics – Spain Best Player: 1992
· UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2000
· Tercera División: 2007–08
· La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
· Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12
· Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011
· UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11
· UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011
· FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011
· Bundesliga: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
· DFB-Pokal: 2013–14, 2015–16
· FIFA Club World Cup: 2013
· Premier League: 2017–18, 2018–19
· EFL Cup: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20
· FA Community Shield: 2018, 2019
· Don Balón Award: 2009, 2010
· Miguel Muñoz Trophy: 2008–09, 2009–10
· Onze d'Or Coach of the Year: 2009, 2011, 2012
· World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year: 2009, 2011
· World Soccer Magazine 5th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013
· France Football 5th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2019
· ESPN 18th Greatest Manager of All Time: 2013
· IFFHS World's Best Club Coach: 2009, 2011
· European Coach of the Year—Alf Ramsey Award: 2011
· European Coach of the Season: 2008–09
· UEFA Team of the Year Best Coach: 2008–09, 2010–11
· La Liga Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
· FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2011
· Globe Soccer Awards Coach Career Award: 2013
· Globe Soccer Awards Coach of the Century: 2020
· Premier League Manager of the Month: February 2017, September 2017, October 2017, November 2017, December 2017, February 2019, April 2019
· Premier League Manager of the Season: 2017–18, 2018–19
· LMA Manager of the Year: 2017–18
· League Managers Association (LMA) Hall of Fame
· Gold Medal Royal Order of Sports Merit: 2010
· Catalan of the Year Award: 2009
* The summary of this piece is simple.. Like " Pep" we can also develop a winning mentality √
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