‘No Genius’ Former Liverpool Man Makes Shocking Guardiola Criticism

‘No Genius’ Former Liverpool Man Makes Shocking Guardiola Criticism

Some audiences believe that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is the greatest manager of all time – but former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness is not one of them.

The Scot thinks that Guardiola’s success in management largely comes from having the ‘best players‘ – rather than being the most tactically astute coach in the game.

He cites the excellent squads he had at Barcelona and Bayern Munich previously – the surplus of quality he currently has at the Etihad Stadium goes without saying.

He believes that there is ‘no genius’ in Guardiola’s approach. Furthermore, he also expressed the belief that an ‘average coach’ can achieve major success with a talented group of players.

What did former Liverpool man Graeme Souness say about Pep Guardiola?

Speaking on William Hill’s Three Up Front, Souness mused: “Pep Guardiola has managed three clubs and in all of those he has had the best group of players in whatever league he’s been in. He took over from Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona where he had Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi and many others. He went to Bayern Munich after they had just won the quadruple. Then he came to Manchester City where he took over a side that both Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini had won the Premier League with.

“He took over an exceptional group of players in every case. City are the richest team in England and they only needed the slightest bit of tweaking when he took over. He obviously manages players very well, but there is no genius there. It is just about having the best players.

“If you have the best manager in the world with an average group of players then you won’t win anything. If you have an average manager with great players then you have a chance at being successful. I’ve been in dressing rooms where everything had been set in stone for the squad by the players that came before us, so the manager barely had to speak to us.”