Ranking every Barcelona boss since Pep Guardiola by PPG: Xavi last…

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Barcelona manager Xavi sits on the bench during the game against Valencia on February 20, 2022 at the Mestalla Stadium.

Pep Guardiola is regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time – so replacing him was always going to be difficult for Barcelona.

Club legend Xavi Hernandez is their sixth permanent manager since Guardiola’s departure a decade ago and it has certainly been a mixed bag for the Spanish giants.

“My concept is very similar,” Xavi told ManCity.com back in 2020.

“Guardiola also wants to be dominant, he wants to have the ball, strong possession, lots of attacking movements… It’s ultimately about being proactive within the game. It’s about skilfully attacking the opponent in a certain way. In this sense it is not my idea.”

We’ve ranked those seven managers by their points-per-game rate to see who comes out on top.

7. Xavi Hernandez

Games: 37
Won: 20
Drawn: 9
Lost: 8

Goals for (per game): 65 (1.75)
Goals against (per game): 41 (1.10)
Clean sheets: 11

Points per game: 1.86
Win rate: 54%
Loss rate: 21.6%

6. Ronald Koeman

Games: 67
Won: 39
Drawn: 12
Lost: 16

Goals for (per game): 138 (2.05)
Goals against (per game): 75 (1.11)
Clean sheets: 23

Points per game: 1.92
Win rate: 58.2%
Loss rate: 23.9%

5. Quique Setien

Games: 25
Won: 16
Drawn: 4
Lost: 5

Goals for (per game): 50 (2)
Goals against (per game): 27 (1.08)
Clean sheets: 11

Points per game: 2.08
Win rate: 64%
Loss rate: 20%

=4. Ernesto Valverde

Games: 145
Won: 97
Drawn: 32
Lost: 16

Goals for (per game): 339 (2.33)
Goals against (per game): 128 (0.88)
Clean sheets: 65

Points per game: 2.22
Win rate: 66.9%
Loss rate: 11%

=4. Gerardo Martino

Games: 59
Won: 40
Drawn: 11
Lost: 8

Goals for (per game): 148 (2.5)
Goals against (per game): 48 (0.81)
Clean sheets: 24

Points per game: 2.22
Win rate: 67.8%
Loss rate: 13.6%

2. Tito Vilanova

Games: 44
Won: 33
Drawn: 6
Lost: 5

Goals for (per game): 116 (2.63)
Goals against (per game): 51 (1.15)
Clean sheets: 14

Points per game: 2.38
Win rate: 75%
Loss rate: 11.4%

Pep Guardiola, wearing a snazzy jumper, gestures at his assistant during a friendly against Hibs in July 2008.

READ: Where are they now? Pep Guardiola’s promotion-winning Barcelona B team

1. Luis Enrique

Games: 181
Won: 138
Drawn: 22
Lost: 21

Goals for (per game): 519 (2.86)
Goals against (per game): 147 (0.81)
Clean sheets: 82

Points per game: 2.4
Win rate: 76.2%
Loss rate: 11.6%


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