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Does Pep Guardiola hold the key to World Cup success?

The Manchester City manager's influence on the game in the last decade cannot be understated

We don’t mean to alarm you but football just might be meandering its way home this summer.

England and Germany appear to have undergone some weird Freaky Friday type character displacement, with the holders embarrassingly sent packing early by relative minnows.

Gareth Southgate has got our boys purring – and everyone back home is lapping up World Cup fever.

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Sir Gareth

Sir Gareth

England fans are investing in all kinds of omens which might suggest a first title since 1966 beckons.

But could Pep Guardiola – a man who has never ventured into international management – actually hold the key to success?


Well who was Pep managing in 2010? Barcelona.

Inspiring the Spaniards in 2010

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Inspiring the Spaniards in 2010

Who won the World Cup that year? Spain.

And who was the ‘bald fraud’ in charge of in 2014? Bayern Munich.

Who were crowned World Champions? Germany.

Marshalling the Germans in 2014

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Marshalling the Germans in 2014

You see what we’re getting at here, right?

Guardiola orchestrated the first triple number points tally in Premier League history at Man City this season – but his influence doesn’t end at club level.

The Spaniard has secretly been the inspiration to England’s World Cup hopes too and we love him even more for that.

Pep Guardiola's Man City have stormed to the Premier League title with an exciting brand of football

You lovely man

A pioneer and a lucky charm, all rolled into one magnificent ball of baldness.

Thank you, Pep.