Gerard Pique has shared his praise for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and compared his coaching career to Sir Alex Ferguson’s.
The former Manchester United and Barcelona defender has experience of being coached by Ferguson and Guardiola, winning numerous trophies under both managers.
Now though, the 36-year-old has shared his thoughts on the two big-name managers and what they have done in their respective careers.
Pique says Guardiola is a genius
Speaking in a recent episode of The Club, Pique had this to say about Ferguson and Guardiola.
He said: “His career has proven that he’s been one of the best managers in the history of the Premier League and in the history of football.
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“And if you compare later with the coaches that I had, for example, Pep Guardiola, which I believe is a genius and that he’s an incredible coach but he’s different from Sir Alex Ferguson. What Sir Alex did to Manchester United is different from what Pep Guardiola was doing at that time for Barcelona.”
During his time at Barcelona, Guardiola won many titles including three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies, beating Ferguson’s United on both occasions in 2009 and 2011.
After then winning three Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, the 52-year-old has gone on to win five Premier League titles in seven years with City.
In addition to his plethora of titles won, the Spaniard is also admired for the impact he had during his time at Barcelona and how that impact has filtered through to other teams across Europe in terms of playing style.
Given the domestic dominance Guardiola has enjoyed during his time at City, it’s easy to see why Pique has spoken about him in the same breath as Ferguson, who had a very significant time in charge of United.
Moving forward, if the Spaniard can continue being successful with his current side and keep winning trophies until he decides to leave, he’ll undoubtedly be seen as one of the best managers that English football has ever seen.