Is Pep Guardiola holding Manchester City back in the Champions League? How his biggest weakness is linked to his greatest strength

Pep Guardiola
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Often, a manager’s greatest strength is also their greatest weakness. It’s poetic that the trait that should elevate a man above the clouds is often the one that sends him crashing back down to Earth. 

Arsene Wenger, for example, built legends on the foundations of faith. His trust in ordinary individuals was what made him great: yet it was too much trust in too many ordinary individuals that signalled a downfall at Arsenal. Jose Mourinho, on the other end of the spectrum, forged teams from pure resilience. He relied on strength of character, siege mentality. It’s often, though, been this same friction and fire that has led to revolts against him; like a mad king who inspired his own subjects to overthrow him at Chelsea and Manchester United.

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Mark White
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Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.