Fulham FC v Manchester City – Premier League
Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in football history.
The Spaniard has enjoyed a truly illustrious career on both sides of the touchline. As a player, Guardiola is well known for his time at FC Barcelona. He won several league titles as well as one European club with Blaugrana during his playing days.
As a manager, his record is possibly even better. Starting off with FC Barcelona, his managerial career kicked off in the most unbelievable fashion. He won every single club-level trophy during his time in Spain, before moving on to coach Bayern Munich in 2013.
After three years with the German outfit, Guardiola moved to Manchester City where he continues to take the club to unprecedented heights. Over the years, he has had the pleasure of coaching some of the world’s best players like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
Let’s take a look at five of the most underrated players coached by Guardiola.
FC Bayern Muenchen – Training Session
Dante takes fifth spot on the list for most underrated players coached by the Spanish coach.
The Brazilian played under the Spaniard at Bayern Munich for two years. Primarily a defender, Guardiola coached Dante into reaching his maximum potential. Extremely versatile, Dante was also capable of playing in midfield or as a left-back.
Dante made 133 appearances for Bayern during his three years with the club. He managed to score six times and also provided eight assists for his side. Dante also represented the Brazilian national team on 13 occasions.
Having cost the club a mere €4.7 million, Dante went on to repay his club’s hopes and then some. Dante was certainly a player who shined under the Spanish coach.
#4. Nicolas Otamendi
Manchester City v Burnley – Premier League
Nicolas Otamendi is one of the most successful defenders in Manchester City’s history.
Otamendi was signed by City in 2015 for a reported £32 million. His signing turned out to be worth every penny, as Otamendi grew into one of the club’s best-ever defenders.
Otamendi played under Guardiola for four years. He was extremely adaptable and was capable of playing anywhere on the defensive line. His versatility and strength were key to his style of play and enabled the club to achieve great success.
Otamendi was particularly excellent during the 2017-18 season, when City went on to cross 100 points in the Premier League. The Argentine won two Premier League titles and one FA Cup during his time in Manchester.
#3. Ilkay Gundogan
Manchester City v Arsenal – Premier League
Ilkay Gundogan is widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
The German first came onto the scene with Borussia Dortmund in 2012. After spending four years with the German outfit, Gundogan signed for Manchester City for a reported £20 million.
An extremely intelligent footballer, Gundogan is capable of playing anywhere in midfield. His technical skills are excellent and he is considered by many as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Gundogan has shown his class time and again for Manchester City. His most notable period was last year, when he stepped up in the absence of Kevin de Bruyne and ensured City went on to win the league title. He scored 13 goals and made three assists in 28 appearances in the league.
Gundogan has won three Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and an FA Cup during his time at the club.
#2. Kyle Walker
Manchester City v Southampton FC – Premier League
Kyle Walker is one player who never seems to get the credit he fully deserves.
Signed from Tottenham Hotspur in 2017, Walker has now established himself as a world-class right-back. He is the starting right-back in Guardiola’s setup and often features for the English national team as well.
Walker has displayed incredible consistency over the past few seasons. Blessed with blistering pace and great strength, Walker is one of the most reliable defenders in the game.
In just four years with the club, Walker has already won three Premier League titles. He has also won four EFL Cups and an FA Cup to boot.
Barcelona v Malaga – La Liga
Pedro takes the cake for being the most underrated player coached by Pep Guardiola.
The Spaniard is one of modern football’s most decorated players and has represented several clubs during his career. Since coming through the youth system at Barcelona, Pedro has gone on to represent Chelsea, Roma and now Lazio.
The Spaniard was part of arguably the two strongest teams in modern football history: Barcelona’s sextuple-winning team of 2009 as well as the Spanish dream team that won the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and UEFA Euro 2012.
Pedro displays excellent attacking skill on the football pitch. Capable of playing as a forward and as a winger, he is an extremely effective attacker. Pedro won five La Ligas during his time in Spain and also won three UEFA Champions League titles.
Pedro remains the only player in history to have won the Champions League, the Europa League, the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the EUROs and the World Cup during his career. Doubtless one of the most underrated players of this generation.