No other side in Premier League history has managed City's 100-point feat, placing that side among the elite sides of the past across Europe and arguably the greatest in the history of English football. This is crucial for Guardiola's argument, as the other top managers in the league’s history all have a famous side to go alongside their achievements. Wenger has his Invincibles, Ferguson has the treble-winners and Mourinho has his 2005 Chelsea side.
Guardiola’s Centurions played a stylish brand of football that could be argued has never been outperformed, transforming the standards required to win the Premier League, and statistically speaking, nobody comes close to this City team in terms of goals scored and games won. Another strength for Pep is his ability to build and rebuild his squad in his image. A lot has been made of the money City have spent on defensive recruitments, but his signings have often proved to be massively successful, and whilst not other clubs have this budget, each signing has been tactical and sensible.
Within their current squad, City have defenders worth a combined total of over £360m. This is a huge amount, of course, however, it shows the depths that they are willing to go to back their manager. When Guardiola first took the job, he identified which players he wanted to keep and which areas he wanted to improve and with the likes of Ruben Dias turning into one of Europe's very best already, Pep's tactical transfers continuing to break new ground, evident in their record-breaking 15 wins in a row.
The most notable omissions from his side were Joe Hart and Yaya Toure, who had both enjoyed great careers at the Etihad before Pep’s arrival. Although the first successor for Hart, Claudio Bravo, was not a particular improvement, City’s current stopper Ederson is perhaps the best ball-playing keeper in the world today. Once again, this demonstrates Guardiola joining a team and moulding it to his own image, much like Wenger and Mourinho had done before him.
Yes, the ex-Barcelona manager has had it easier given the budget and already wealthy foundations, but as Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and plenty of ex-Chelsea managers have proved, it's not as easy as it looks.