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trophy hunter Gary Neville makes a bold claim as he compares Pep Guardiola to the coaching greats


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (PA/DPA)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (PA/DPA)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola (PA/DPA)

He played for the tactician widely saluted as the greatest in the history of British football, yet former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes Man City boss Pep Guardiola could be on course to become the greatest manager of all-time.

Neville played a key role in Alex Ferguson's relentless success as Manchester United manager, yet he believes Guardiola could eclipse the achievements of the game's coaching greats in the coming years.

After adding another League Cup triumph to his trophy haul as City beat Tottenham in last Sunday's final at Wembley, Neville has suggested Guardiola now needs to add Champions League glory at his current club to cement his legacy.

"The big one is the Champions League and it's a huge couple of weeks coming up against Paris Saint-Germain because if they were to win that, then they would have a great chance," Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.

"That would be the cherry on the icing on the top of the cake of Guardiola's reign at Man City because I don't think he can leave without winning it.

"It would feel incomplete if he left this country without winning the Champions League.

"I know that happened in Germany (when he was in charge of Bayern Munich), but here, Man City will give him the time to do it and it almost feels like he has to so he can say that the job is done."

Neville suggests City's relentless brilliance is a quality that can only be admired, as they look set to wrap up another Premier League title win in the next few weeks.

"You just have to recognise Man City's outstanding football, the outstanding achievement of winning this (Carabao Cup) trophy four times on the bounce," he added.

"Pep Guardiola has an outstanding record in cup competitions, it's 14 victories and one defeat in 15 finals, it's absolutely out of this world. The football they play is magnificent, it really is.

"I think Man City may have the greatest manager of all time and we'll look back in 10, 15, 20 years' time… just the way he has infiltrated countries, dominated football but also influenced others, I don't think I've ever seen it.

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"You look at how he's won in three different countries, he's now dominating in this country - he's going to win the league title in the next few weeks, that's three in five years and these are massive achievements, playing the way they play as well, which is with technical players, dominating possession."

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