Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has become a well-known figure for his intensity on the sidelines during matches. Despite his often-over-the-top behavior, Guardiola’s ability to maintain such a high level of intensity for almost seven years at Manchester City is truly remarkable.
During their recent match, Guardiola momentarily forgot himself and let himself enjoy watching Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland’s performances. However, he quickly snapped back into coaching mode and called over goalkeeper Ederson for a comical dressing down on the touchline. Even the fourth official, Craig Pawson, managed to avoid any outbursts from Guardiola, showing great self-restraint.
Prior to De Bruyne’s opening goal, Guardiola had already been seen kicking energy drink bottles and sitting theatrically on an ice bucket. Some people may believe it’s all for show, but Guardiola’s intensity is truly off the charts. Although he often escapes punishment for his actions, his ability to produce teams that are always in control of what they’re doing is undeniable.
In the recent match against Arsenal, Guardiola’s game plan involved using Haaland as an out-ball, which led to De Bruyne’s early goal. Arsenal’s high press played a role in City’s breakthrough, and without the depth that Manchester City has, one key absentee, like William Saliba, can undermine a team like Arsenal. Rob Holding’s performance, aside from his consolation goal, was disappointing.
Despite his faults, Guardiola is an extraordinary manager who leads an extraordinary footballing force like Manchester City. It’s not easy to maintain such a high level of intensity for such a long time, and his ability to do so is admirable. Many believed Guardiola would only last a few years in the Premier League before needing a break, but he has proven them wrong time and time again.