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Pep Guardiola’s Biggest Challenge Could Define His Managerial Career

The Manchester City manager will be out of contract in the summer of 2021. He has not ruled out signing an extension, but his managerial history to date suggests next season will be his last at the Etihad Stadium.

  • Pep Guardiola has never before faced a domestic competitor as strong as Liverpool.
  • As things stand, next season looks set to be his last at Manchester City.
  • A failure to at least keep pace with Liverpool next term could redefine his legacy.

Pep Guardiola was not happy. A 2-0 defeat by Tottenham on Sunday left his Manchester City side 22 points adrift of Liverpool, the runaway Premier League leaders. But Guardiola was in no mood for magnanimity. Instead he took a swipe at the league’s former chief executive, Richard Scudamore.

Two seasons ago there was the owner of the Premier League who said that could not happen again, it’s not good for the Premier League for City to win the title in that way, with 100 points. Now it’s Liverpool, you have to be concerned if you are the owner of the Premier League.

Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:32 PM

Greg Lea

I am a football writer based in London, the United Kingdom, and I cover sports for CCN. I have had work published by FourFourTwo, The Guardian, ESPN and Goal.com, and was previously the editor of The Set Pieces. My email address is gregmlea@mail.com.