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5 Players Who Shine Under the Tutelage of Pep Guardiola

“All the managers in the world, it doesn’t matter how good you are, if your players don’t understand what you are looking for or what you want, it makes no sense” (Pep Guardiola).

Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful and influential managers of the last decade, having won 21 major titles, including two UEFA Champions Leagues. 

The current Manchester City manager’s unrivaled ability to bring out the best in his players and develop the abilities of both emerging and struggling talents is the source of the above success.

Here are 5 players who shine under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola:

1. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

After a disappointing first season at the Etihad Stadium, Raheem Sterling welcomed Pep Guardiola to Manchester City with open arms.

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The Spanish tactician played Raheem on the left flank and used his pace and agility to his ability.

Since the beginning of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, the Englishman has bagged over 35 goals for the Citizens and provided a number of assists.

Sterling was a key player in Man City’s treble-winning campaign, and has improved his work rate in recent years.

2. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)

During Guardiola’s era at Barcelona, Sergio Busquets was a key player in the midfield.

The Spaniard promoted Busquets to the first team due to his calm composure, outstanding ball control and accurate vision on the pitch.

His faith paid off as Busquets fits in perfectly to Barcelona’s system of swift passing and controlling the ball.

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3. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

Pep Guardiola discovered Joshua Kimmich while managing German side Bayern Munich. Kimmich, despite being a natural midfielder, was played as a centre-back and excelled.

Pep made Kimmich into an all-round player after seeing him in action, and ensure that the Germany International worked hard for it in his last year at the club. After a 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund, the German was confronted by the Spaniard.

4. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

Since the 2017-18 season, Kevin De Bruyne has been Man City’s most important player.

Playing under the guidance of Guardiola, the Belgian forgot the horrors of his time at Chelsea and adopted a key role of central midfielder.

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Many football pundits have showered praises on the Spaniard for reinventing and transforming the Belgium International into one of the most innovative players of modern-day football.

5. Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola Lionel Messi became one of the greatest players of all time and wreaked havoc on opponents.

The Argentine was deployed as a ‘False nine’ and worked wonders with goals and titles from 2008 to 2012, including a treble in 2009.

The Barca legend adjusted well to Guardiola’s ‘tiki-taka’ style of football and paved the way for the possession based football that his boss always wanted to see.

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