Pep Guardiola accrued the 30th trophy of an astonishing managerial career after he led Man City to the first success of what he’ll hope will be a treble-winning season.
Guardiola became the first manager to win four successive League Cups - no manager has won more - after City beat Ryan Mason’s Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley. The margin of victory may have been small, yet City completely dominated the Final with 21 shots to Spurs’ two, complete with a whopping 62% of the possession.
Guardiola’s men are on the cusp of regaining the Premier League title - which would be his third crown - and they have a mouthwatering Champions League semi-final duel against Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG, with the first-leg taking place on Wednesday.
Guardiola’s sensational tally of 30 trophies means he now features joint-fourth in the list of the most decorated managers in football history, alongside Rangers legend Bill Struth.
Remarkably, in just 12 seasons in management Guardiola has only had one trophy-blank, which was his first campaign at City. However, we think he can be forgiven for that minor blip considering that he’s since won nine (and counting) pieces of silverware at the club; a number that is expected to rise to 10 with the incoming league title, and could become 11 come the end of May. These nine honours have been added to the seven at Bayern Munich, and 14 at first club Barcelona.
The Spaniard will now have ex-Dynamo Kyiv boss Valeriy Lobanovskyi in his sights, the Ukrainian sits third with 33 trophies.
Up in second is Mircea Lucescu with 37 trophies on his CV, 22 of which were won over a stunning 12-year tenure at Shakhtar Donetsk.
However, the 75-year-old’s most recent success came on Sunday at Dynamo Kiev whom he led to the Ukrainian league title - a controversial achievement given they are the fierce rivals of his old side Shakhtar Donetsk. Lucescu has the chance to win his 37th trophy next month in the Ukrainian Cup.
Guardiola has some way to go to catch Sir Alex Ferguson who tops the pile with a staggering 49 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League successes.
While the margin is huge, Guardiola does have time on his side. He’s just 50-years-old, while Fergie was 71 when he retired. Should the former continue in the dugout for another 20+ years you’d expect him to eventually hone in on the iconic Scot’s haul. Although, a lot can happen in football, so it’s by no means a given that he’ll ever catch him!
Elsewhere, World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari has 27 to his name, Jock Stein and Ottmar Hitzfeld have 26 trophies each, ahead of Jose Mourinho (25) who will no doubt be furious that he didn’t have the opportunity to make it 26 given that Spurs sacked him in the week leading up to Sunday’s League Cup final.
Giovanni Trapattoni (23) rounds off the top-10.
Top-10 managers with the most trophies
1. Sir Alex Ferguson - 49
2. Mircea Lucescu – 37
3. Valeriy Lobanovskyi – 33
4. Pep Guardiola - 30
4. Bill Struth - 30
6. Luiz Felipe Scolari – 27
7. Jock Stein – 26
7. Ottmar Hitzfeld – 26
9. Jose Mourinho - 25
10. Giovanni Trapattoni - 23