DECORATED MANAGER Pep Guardiola has revealed his all-time best XI players, having enjoyed colourful spells and winning domestic titles with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City amid a trophy-laden career.
The 49-year-old Spaniard, thanks to his outstanding career as a boss, has come to be widely considered as one of the best managers in the world right now, and certainly of a generation. It is during this time that Guardiola has managed an abundance of world-class players during his stints in charge in Spain, Germany and England.
The technology-enabled football news platform 90min.com has decided to whittle down the selection to the 11 players that would make the City boss’ all-time XI. The publication’s team, which presumably lines up in a 4-3-3 formation, has pinned the Bayern Munich and Germany skipper, Manuel Neuer, between the sticks.
Lining up ahead of Neuer is the formidable centre-back pairing of Barcelona legend Carles Puyol and Barca star Gerard Pique. Dani Alves, who once claimed playing under Guardiola is “better than sex”, is out at right-back while Bayern’s David Alaba is propped in the left-back position.
Pushing into the three-man midfield that consists of Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta alongside Sergio Busquets. The other players making Guardiola’s list are, unsurprisingly, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who forms as the main point in the attacking cog alongside fellow Argentina international Sergio Aguero. Raheem Sterling controversially makes the coach’s list ahead of the likes of David Villa, Pedro, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
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