Their best and worst combined XIs of all time
Pep Guardiola faces Mauricio Pochettino in the Champions League semi-final. Both have handled incredible players. And others not so good.
Before Paris Saint-Germain host Manchester City on Wednesday, we figured it would be fun to compile the best and worst XIs that have ever played under either manager. Some ridiculous stars miss it.
To avoid the first being Barcelona 2008/09 and the second Tottenham 2014/15, a simple rule: there can only be a maximum of two players from one of their seven cumulative clubs on each side.
83 matches under Pochettino at Espanyol
Everyone: Your choice for a goalkeeper in a combined squad of those who have played under Pep Guardiola or Mauricio Pochettino before is not Manuel Neuer, Victor Valdes, Hugo Lloris or Joe Hart but La Liga mainstay Carlos Kameni ?
Me, an intellectual: Activate his £ 8million release clause on FM08 and win it all. Also have respect for the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2006 Copa del Rey champion. In addition, this rule of maximum two players per club is unnecessarily restrictive, but we are here now, so let’s make our peace with her and move on before someone forces me to think of another idea for content at gunpoint.
172 games under Pochettino at Southampton and Tottenham
It was in Southampton that Pochettino first met Toby Alderweireld, earning him a one-season loan from Atletico Madrid. The Belgian had ended the previous campaign playing in a Champions League final but soon found himself competing for a place with Maya Yoshida. He then followed his coach to Tottenham and until fairly recently remained one of the main center-halfs in the entire Premier League, adding a second European Cup finalist medal to his collection in 2019.
164 games under Guardiola at Barcelona
“His background speaks for itself. He was the captain and an example to others. He was always the first to run and train, the first in everything. He has helped me a lot throughout my career. Normally, when we talk about talent, we talk about attacking players, but he showed defensive talent. He seemed to enjoy defending. He was a very intelligent player, one of the greatest in Barcelona history.
Well done, Pep.
18 matches under Pochettino at PSG
Six players have made more appearances for PSG in club history than Marquinhos (315); He is 26 and is set to move up to third on that list (344) by the middle of next season after forming a crucial part of Pochettino’s new era as captain. Daft, really.
206 games under Guardiola at Manchester City
Barely 31 when Guardiola was appointed to Manchester City, few would have expected Fernandinho to still be an integral part of the squad half a decade later. The midfielder is four months younger than Pablo Zabaleta and six months older than Aleksandar Kolarov, whom the Spaniard also inherited. But above all, they weren’t very good, at least compared to one of only two men to have won Guardiola’s four League Cup victories. And there just isn’t room for Kyle Walker.
51 games under Guardiola at Bayern Munich
A season of Kroos and Guardiola together at Bayern Munich seems like a cruel joke when you consider that we’ve had two and a half years of Jose Mourinho turns on Luke Shaw. What could have been. The midfielder increased his Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal collections and quickly left for Real Madrid after being on the wrong side of a 5-0 Champions League semi-final.
219 games under Guardiola in Barcelona
242 games under Pochettino at Tottenham
12 matches under Pochettino at PSG
Like golden ships passing through the scintillating night, Guardiola left Barcelona in June 2012 and Neymar arrived at Camp Nou less than a year later. Fate never happened to unite them. But Pochettino welcomed the opportunity to work with the ‘humble’ and ‘special’ Brazilian, who returned the niceties by scoring the game-winning goal that secured the coach his first piece of silver as a coach in the world. January.
100 games under Guardiola at Bayern Munich
One would assume that Guardiola had seen it all by this point. It only became the case specifically in September 2015. In two seasons with the Spaniard at Bayern, he scored 67 goals in 100 games because really why not?
177 games under Guardiola at Manchester City
It was Samuel Eto’o in Barcelona; it was sold at the end of the season. But the first goal scorers under Guardiola at Bayern (Arjen Robben) and Manchester City (Aguero) were symbolic enough. It’s weird to think that at one point Aguero and Guardiola were deemed totally incompatible, especially since they have won seven trophies together and only Messi has ever scored more goals for the Spaniard.
61 games under Guardiola at Manchester City
The first battle lost by Guardiola winning many wars at Manchester City, he signed Bravo for £ 17million to replace Joe Hart. After a number of notorious mistakes, the Chilean lost his starting spot to Willy Caballero and ended the season with a Premier League save percentage of 56.7%. Bravo kept five clean sheets in 17 games for the club’s last campaign and left for Real Betis in August, keeping Real Madrid at bay on Saturday.
31 games under Pochettino at Tottenham
Still under contract with Stoke although he hasn’t played for them since January 2018. There’s still a year left on that deal. Tottenham mining £ 18million for a center-half they signed at £ 4.3million two nondescript seasons before was witchcraft. Pochettino probably used that money to buy more vibrant lemons.
14 games under Guardiola in Barcelona
Known as “ CTRL + C, CTRL + V ” by his closest friends, Chygrynskiy is often mentioned when ordinary chats inevitably turn into Guardiola’s worst signings. He joined Barcelona for £ 21.4million in August 2009 and was sold to Shakhtar Donetsk for £ 12.4million 11 months later after making just 14 appearances in a 59-game season in six different competitions .
12 games under Guardiola at Bayern Munich
The Guardiola-Allardyce Venn diagram is surely not that substantial, but Kirchhoff would be well seated in the center. He played the last of his 145 minutes under the first in December 2015 before joining the second on loan the following month for help avoid Relegation to the Premier League.
25 games under Pochettino at Espanyol
He is certainly the two-goal scorer in the Premier League under Pepe Mel. He is also the scorer of a goal in three seasons with Pochettino in Spain. Two sides of the same screwed up coin.
25 games under Pochettino at Tottenham
Has anyone already understood what a Benjamin Stambouli does?
33 games under Guardiola in Barcelona
Perhaps things would have turned out differently if Afellay hadn’t suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee in September of Guardiola’s last season at Barcelona. Not that the Dutchman was on a track doomed to shine, being mainly used as a rotation option after joining PSV in January 2011. He took home a La Liga winner’s medal as starts were put back in preparation for the ruthless Champions League final, which Afellay played in the last minute as a substitute after Wayne Rooney begged for mercy.
35 games under Guardiola at Manchester City
Such a strange season, this first of Guardiola at the Etihad. Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Fernando and Kelechi Iheanacho have all made more than 20 appearances. Nolito accumulated 30 goals and finished tied with other club legends Kevin de Bruyne and Yaya Touré. One season was all he could endure before returning to Spain for the sake of her daughter’s pigmentation.
Guly do Prado
17 games under Pochettino at Southampton
It’s a little hard digging up a player from the 2010/11 Southampton League 1 promotional campaign squad, but these are the breaks and Guly do Prado was inevitably below the required level when Pochettino took the reins in January 2013. The Brazilian was in his 30s and already slowing down, despite having managed an FA Cup goal against Yeovil Town.
Five games under Pochettino at Southampton
Mayuka was also ill-suited for the task at hand, his four Premier League appearances for Pochettino at Saints coming as a substitute in two draws and two losses. He also scored against lower league opposition in a Nationwide Cup: Barnsley in Capital One.
24 matches under Pochettino at Espanyol
The former Blue Sahar, who left Stamford Bridge in 2009 to join Espanyol in Pochettino’s first year as manager, completes a strike force about as deadly as Chelsea’s. The forward scored twice in a pre-season friendly against Liverpool, but only managed one goal in competition before being sent off on a few loans.