Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes performing better than Pep Guardiola
Hold the front page! After results have been counted and verified, we can confirm that Bayern Munich's Jupp Heynckes is currently the best-performing head coach in Europe. And, yes, he's even outdoing Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola!
Heynckes' record in his first 13 Bundesliga matches since returning to the hot seat at the start of October reads a continent-leading 36 points from a possible 39. Not a perfect haul - a Matchday 13 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach put paid to that - but still one point more in the self-same period than the man whose appointment as Bayern coach precipitated the wily strategist's retirement almost five years ago.
Watch: Jupp Heynckes reviews Bayern's 5-2 drubbing of Hoffenheim on Matchday 20
Five months prior to the completion of an unprecedented Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup treble under Heynckes in 2012/13, Bayern had already tied down Guardiola to a three-year deal, starting summer 2013. Young, progressive, the brains behind one of the most successful Barcelona teams in history and a free agent, he was cherry-picked to take the record German champions to another level. The self-styled tactics pedant didn't disappoint - at least not domestically.
Bayern clinched the first of three Bundesliga titles on Guardiola's watch in record time - with six games to spare, bettering the previous campaign by one. The Reds finished 19 points clear of their nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund in 2013/14 and 10 ahead of Wolfsburg and Dortmund in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively. They also captured the DFB Cup twice, but Champions League glory eluded them.
Heynckes made history in his last stint at the Bayern helm, not just in terms of silverware, but by posting a record points haul for a single Bundesliga campaign (91). A maximum return from his remaining 14 league assignments in charge would set a new best-mark and take his personal record to 164 wins in a Bundesliga dugout. No wonder the Bayern hierarchy are trying to persuade their ever-dependable redeemer to stay on beyond the summer; he's Europe's best.
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