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Man City boss Pep Guardiola wins the UEFA Coach of the Year award

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has won the UEFA Coach of the Year award for his achievements in the 2022/23 season.

The Spaniard beat off competition from Simone Inzaghi and Luciano Spalletti to win the award.

Inzaghi led Inter Milan to the Champions League final, where City defeated them. However, they won the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup in a superb season.

Former Napoli manager and now Italy head coach Spalletti spearheaded the Partenopei to their first Serie A title in 30 years. 

They did it outstandingly, producing some spectacular football on their way to lifting the Scudetto.

However, Guardiola was the favourite to pick up the award after taking his side to win a treble as they picked up the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League titles.

The league title was their fourth in five years as the Cityzens dominated the English game. Arsenal led the table for most of the season, but City overhauled them in the final weeks.

They made light work of rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final to complete a season that will live in the hearts of supporters for a long time.

Many people have accused Guardiola of joining free-spending clubs, but he has consistently got the best from his players season after season, a lesson that football coaches worldwide need to study.

Apart from getting the best from his teams, his style of play has consistently evolved over the years, pulling out new tricks from his never-ending book of tactical masterplans.

His principles of dominating the ball with heavy possession are still in play, but he has tweaked several aspects to produce new plans each season.

His switch to the 3-2-2-3 formation last season played a pivotal role in their achievements, and several managers are already trying to imitate the new structure.

Guardiola has won 34 trophies across his 14 seasons as a manager and numerous individual accolades. There is more to come in his never-ending legend.

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