Twitter is hardly the place you’ll find life’s great intellectuals, but it does give people a platform to share their thoughts and opinions freely. Because of this, you can regularly find tribalism when it comes to football fans. Football Twitter accounts such as ManeMagic or BoomXhakalaka calling fans, players and clubs every name under the sun.
However, one argument seems to arise time and time again, and it involves Josep Guardiola Sala. You see it everywhere – Chequebook Manager. Can’t win without Messi. A bald fraud.
I first realised Pep was a massive fraud late on Sunday night, thanks to the help of a Twitter user by the name of “ClockEndJames” – an obvious City fan it seemed. He started off his detailed thread with an insult I’d not heard before – that Guardiola is an “Inheritance Merchant.”
The argument was that Guardiola was lucky to join a Barcelona squad that already had the likes of Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Puyol & Busquests, as well as a Bayern side that had won the treble the season before. Not only this, but he was joining the plucky Champions League semi-finalists, Manchester City, which had a squad featuring Aguero, Silva, De Bruyne and Kompany. What he didn’t say however, was this squad also had players such as Eliaquim Mangala, Fernando Reges, Wilfried Bony and a generational talent in Martin Demichelis.
Quite the squad if I say so. He also stated that despite these squads, he spent well over £1bn at these clubs. Shocking right? Even more shocking when you find out Guardiola has actually only spent around £960m during his tenures at clubs.
Next up in the many reasons that convinced me that Pep is a fraud, James stated that whilst Conte was “revolutionising” the Premier League with an unknown 3 centre back system, Pep went trophy less, lost 4-0 to Everton and went out of the FA cup to Wigan. Now, if James was doing his research correctly, he’d remember that his beloved Arsenal actually knocked City out of the FA cup in Pep’s first season, not Wigan.
James went on to suggest Guardiola has only won both the Carabao Cup & the Premier League – exactly the same as Manuel Pellegrini. I find it totally perplexing how an Arsenal fan seemingly thinks 3 trophies in as many years is poor, when a club the size of theirs went a whole 9 years without their club lifting anything besides the prestigious Emirates Cup on occasion.
Pep isn’t just a fraud at City however – James states how Guardiola failed to get past the Semi Finals of the Champions League during his tenure at Bayern Munich. It’s almost as if the Champions League is an unpredictable cup competition, where any team can feasibly win it with a favourable draw and a bit of luck? Whilst reading James’ thread, I did tend to agree with him on this point. I mean, perennial Champions League winners Bayern had just won their Second European title in just 36 years, so only getting to the Semi Finals of a European tournament is a disgrace.
James also states how Guardiola’s 2 Champions League titles came from “cheating and foul play”, including a “scandalous” semi final against Chelsea, and a red card for Robin Van Persie in a 2011 clash. It’s almost as if Guardiola himself paid off the referees in both of these fixtures, and it isn’t just down to sheer incompetence from European officials. Let’s not forget that Guardiola also paid off the referees during City’s defeat in the Quarter Finals last year when at 1-0, City had a legitimate goal ruled out, despite James Milner passing the ball through, or the game at Anfield where Leroy Sane was incorrectly ruled offside.
Guardiola signs flops as well, if you weren’t aware. James states players such as Mahrez, Mendy and Jesus as flops. Let’s not forget some of the other flops that have been signed on his watch: Gerard Pique, Dani Alves, David Villa, Javier Mascherano, Thiago Alcantara, Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, John Stones, Leroy Sane, Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte to name a few. Terrible footballers or what?
In the next series of Tweets, James debunks the myth that Pep is great with youth team players, stating how Mourinho gave 4 times as many minutes to United academy products than Pep has at City. Let’s not forget all those minutes Jose gave to 26 year old £89m academy product Paul Pogba, or 26 year old academy player Jesse Lingard.
Did you also know that Guardiola can’t handle personalities at clubs too? He paid a record fee for Claudio Bravo to replace Joe Hart at Man City, because Joe was too big a personality for him to deal with. It had nothing to do with the fact Guardiola’s football relies heavily on a goalkeeper who can pass the ball accurately and build from the back with – something you couldn’t say about Joe Hart. Weak personalities at the club, such as Vincent Kompany and Kevin De Bruyne remained, despite them definitely not being outspoken on subjects ranging from tactics, homelessness and natural disasters. Also, that £16m record fee for Claudio Bravo wasn’t as high as the English record (David De Gea to United for £18m) or the European record (Gianluigi Buffon to Juventus for £33m), so I’m unsure which records it broke, but I’m willing to believe James on his final point, due to getting everything else completely correct.
As the thread came to a close, I reflected on what I had read. Pep Guardiola, the fraud that only has a 72.5% win rate, that only has 25 major honours as a manager, and who is only regarded as the 5th best manager of all time by France Football, is a massive bald fraud. I’d log on to Twitter to thank James for exposing this failure, but his account was suspended, meaning I can’t get any further insight from one of life’s great investigative journalists….
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