How many Champions League finals has Guardiola played and won?
A look at the Manchester City manager's experience and his record list of triumphs in the finals of the European club football competitions.
Although Pep Guardiola won 30 trophies in his 13 years as a professional manager, he "only" triumphed twice in the Champions League both times during his stint with Barcelona. The club where he started his career as a football player and made a name for himself.
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Pep joined the "Blaugrana" in the wake of the 2008-2009 season. He came to substitute Frank Rijkaard, the Dutch coach and former international, who brought the first Champions League title after 13 years of waiting at Camp Nou. Showing his coaching capabilities very early, Guardiola, already in his first season, led his team to another Champions League trophy.
Barcelona's night to remember in Rome
The final of the 2008-2009 season was played at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, and It was the eighth time the final has been held in Italy and the fourth time it has been held at the Olympic Stadium. Barcelona played against the defending champions Manchester United - Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi were the only goal scorers who lead the Catalan club to the treble, following on from their successes in the La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
Pep and his players did not wait for too long for the next chance to play in the Champions League. Once again Manchester United were their rivals as they claimed their fourth title. Barcelona won 3-1 with goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi, and David Villa. Wayne Rooney responded for United.
Precisely ten years after that Wembley final, Pep Guardiola has the chance to win it again, if he does it will be his third and City's first. Guardiola could become the sixth coach in football history to have won the Champion League with more than one club. In addition, he would equal Mircea Lucescu's record with 31 career trophies, the second on the all-time list, behind Sir Alex Ferguson.
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