Pep Guardiola has most Champions League knockout wins as a manager as he overtakes Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho
PEP GUARDIOLA became the most successful manager in the history of the Champions League knockout stages thanks to Manchester City’s win over Real Madrid.
The victory was his 28th in the latter rounds of the competition, meaning he moves out in front on his own.
Pep Guardiola moved in front of Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti on 28 Champions League knockout wins
Going into the game, he was tied on 27 with Sir Alex Ferguson, Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho squandered the chance to take the lead when his Spurs side lost 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig last week.
With Ferguson retired and Ancelotti’s Everton not in the tournament, Guardiola took full advantage to take the lead.
Sir Alex still boasts the most matches managed in the Champions League (190) and most wins (114) in the history of the European Cup and Champions League.
Ancelotti, meanwhile, is level with Bob Paisley and Zinedine Zidane with three winner’s medals, while Guardiola remains the youngest coach to lift the Big Ears trophy at 38 years and 129 days in 2009.
Pep – who won the tournament for a second time with Barcelona in 2011 – also became the most successful manager against Real Madrid in the 21st century.
Wednesday’s win was his tenth win over Los Blancos in all competitions, moving his ahead of Ernesto Valverde and Diego Simeone.
Guardiola joined Ottmar Hitzfeld as only the second manager to win two Champions League away games at Real Madrid and the first to do so with two different clubs.
And it took the Spaniard’s tally to a total of six away wins at the Bernabeu, the most of any away manager.