Apart from guiding Manchester City to an emphatic league title, the Catalan coach has also helped them win the Carabao Cup and reach the Champions League final this season.
Pep Guardiola has expectedly bagged the Premier League Manager of the Season award after guiding Manchester City to a commanding title triumph in the 2020-21 season. After overcoming a slow start, the Citizens hit their stride during the turn of the year, to win the league with an impressive 12-point lead. Guardiola has now captured three top-flight league titles in the space of four years. Apart from guiding City to an emphatic league title, the Catalan coach has also helped them win the Carabao Cup and reach the Champions League final this season.
After announcing the prize, the Premier League said on its official website, “Guardiola wins the award for a third time in his managerial career, having also claimed it in his two previous title-winning campaigns, 2017-18 and 2018-19. The Spaniard made history this season as his Man City side became the first team to win the title after being as low as eighth on Christmas Day, masterminding a 15-match winning run to take the PL Trophy back off Liverpool.”
“He matches the three Manager of the Season awards earned by Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, with only Sir Alex Ferguson having won it on more occasions, with 11. Those three men are also the only managers in PL history who can match Guardiola’s three title wins.”
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The Catalan coach has beaten Leeds United’s Marcelo Bielsa, West Ham United’s David Moyes and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer among others to win the award.
The Premier League added, “The 50-year-old beat fellow nominees Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the season award after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts to decide the winner.
“He becomes the third 2020-21 season awards winner from Man City, after Ruben Dias was voted the EA SPORTS Player of the Season and Liam Delap named the PL2 Player of the Season.”
The Spanish coach has now won nine league titles in three different countries. He won three league titles each in Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Other than that, Guardiola has also won the Champions League twice – both with the Catalan club.