One more record to the list: Pep Guardiola’s love affair with the Club World Cup

One more record to the list: Pep Guardiola’s love affair with the Club World Cup

With the title won last Friday with Manchester City, in Saudi Arabia, the Catalan coach became the winningest coach in the history of the competition, surpassing Carlo Ancelotti.

The last FIFA Club World Cup With the current format of seven teams (one per confederation plus one host), it ended in 2023 with the title of the Manchester City . This Friday, in Saudi Arabia, the English team suffered no major setbacks to beat Fluminense 4-0 and win the competition for the first time. In other words, the winner of the Champions League crushed the monarch of the Copa Libertadores, thus increasing UEFA’s hegemony over Conmebol in this tournament. The representative of South America has not been champion for 11 years.

The one who is used to winning and who keeps doing it is Pep Guardiola. The Ciudadanos coach has become a record collector. He has an endless list of individual and collective successes. And in the Middle East, he added one more. He wins the Club World Cup trophy for the fourth time, a situation that puts him in first place the winningest coach of the competition, surpassing equally lauded colleagues.

“To be in the final of the Club World Cup, you have to do incredible things like winning the Champions League. It’s perhaps the only time in our lives that we play there,” declared the Catalan in preview. Subsequently, he bowed to favoritism and He kept a mug that he personally couldn’t get 10 years ago.

In 2009, he participated in the first Club World Cup as a coach, leading Barcelona. In the United Arab Emirates they won the final in overtime against Estudiantes de La Plata, a definition in which Lionel Messi scored a goal with his chest. This team of culés would reach the Sextète. In 2011 the second arrived, still with the Blaugrana. In Japan, Barcelona beat Neymar’s Santos 4-0. Then, in 2013, his first time with Bayern Munich came. The Bavarians won the trophy after beating Raja Casablanca of Morocco 2-0. This time, the logic did not take place and the American champion, Ronaldinho’s Atlético Mineiro, remained in the semi-final. A decade later, Pep’s fourth star arrived.

He surpassed the Italian’s record Carlo Ancelotti, three-time winner of the Club World Cup (2007, 2014 and 2022) with two different castings: Milan and Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane appears in the ranking in third position with two titles (2016 and 2017), both as a merengue strategist.

Guardiola was full of praise for his team after winning their fifth title of the year, something unprecedented for an England team. City are currently champions of the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. “What we have accomplished is an extraordinary achievement,” he said.

“Winning this trophy means being the best team in the world. “Our players, our coaches, our technical staff, they all work hard every day to achieve these successes,” he added. “What I’m most proud of is always fighting. I don’t care how much we make. I don’t care what trophies we lift. The important thing is to be there again to fight for the next one” continued the former Barcelona player, who keeps winning.

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Source: Latercera

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