Summary

  • Guardiola has won six trophies in three years as coach of Bayern.
  • He can win a seventh with the 2016 DFB Cup final on 21 May.
  • No coach can boast as good a record in German football as the Catalan.

Pep Guardiola has one final act as FC Bayern München coach with the DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, but whatever the outcome, he will have left a lasting legacy at the record German champions.

Three Bundesliga titles in as many years is only the beginning of what the Catalan achieved in his brief but bountiful stay on the Bayern bench. Add to that the UEFA Super Cup, with which he successfully started his reign, and the FIFA Club World Cup he gathered in that memorable first season, and the story becomes that little bit clearer.

On Saturday, he could lift the DFB Cup for the second time having already etched his name in the history books as the first coach to win the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons in Germany, and the first foreign coach ever to be crowned champion of Germany three times.

With such a win record, it was no surprise Guardiola got his hands on the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons in charge at FC Bayern.

Still, the picture – or rather Guardiola's chapter – is far from complete. For that, a closer look at the statistics is required to explain, for example, how Bayern won 80 per cent of their league matches under the Catalan (82 wins in 102 games) – only coaches who have taken charge of fewer than five league games in total have a higher win percentage. And of their nine league defeats under Guardiola, five came after the Bavarians had already wrapped up the league title, suggesting that record could have been even better.

Guardiola’s Bayern scored 254 goals in 102 league matches – a Bundesliga record – and they conceded just 58 goals in total, at an average of 0.6 per game. He combined a ruthless attack with a mean defence, with no coach who has taken charge of more than two league games boasting a better defensive record, which includes 59 clean sheets.

Not an uncommon sight: Guardiola drenched in beer after title celebrations.

In all competitions, Guardiola has won 121 of his 160 matches in charge of Bayern, and he will be hoping to polish that record off with win number 122 in the capital. Only Udo Lattek, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Pal Csernai and Jupp Heynckes clocked up 100 wins as Bayern coach, but none of them reached that milestone as quickly as the 45-year-old. His many remarkable records will take some beating.