Comparing Pep Guardiola’s record to PL greats: Ferguson, Wenger, Mourinho

Quick Reads

No manager in the history of the Premier League has arrived with as big a reputation as Pep Guardiola, and it’s safe to say during his time at Manchester City he’s lived up to the hype. 

When Guardiola was appointed as Manuel Pellegrini’s successor at The Etihad back in 2016, he’d already won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues in his four years in charge of boyhood club Barcelona, and developed his managerial style with three successive Bundesliga titles during his three years at Bayern Munich.

But how does he compare to the great managers of the Premier League? Here’s how his managerial statistics in the English top-flight compare with Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho – the only three coaches to have won more English titles than the Catalan.

Pep Guardiola

Played: 182
Won: 135
Drawn: 23
Lost: 24

Goals for: 447
Goals against: 145

Points per game: 2.35
Win rate: 74.1%
Loss rate: 13.9%

Goals per game: 2.45
Goals against per game: 0.79

Sir Alex Ferguson

Played: 810
Won: 528
Drawn: 168
Lost: 114

Goals for: 1627
Goals against: 703

Points per game: 2.16
Win rate: 65.1%
Loss rate: 14%

Goals per game: 2.0
Goals against per game: 0.86

Jose Mourinho

Played: 360
Won: 217
Drawn: 82
Lost: 61

Goals for: 620
Goals against: 298

Points per game: 2.03
Win rate: 60.2%
Loss rate: 16.9%

Goals per game: 1.72
Goals against per game: 0.82

READ: What they said: The 14 players to work for Mourinho and Guardiola

Arsene Wenger

Played: 828
Won: 476
Drawn: 199
Lost: 153

Goals for: 1561
Goals against: 807

Points per game: 1.96
Win rate: 57.4%
Loss rate: 18.4%

Goals per game: 1.88
Goals against per game: 0.97

More Manchester City

Where are they now? The Man City team from Pep’s first pre-season game

Michael Ball recalls Man City ‘madness’: Thaksin Shinawatra gave us a team talk

Can you name Pep Guardiola’s 30 most-used players throughout his career?

Ranking Manchester City’s 26 weirdest Premier League signings