5 players who you didn't know played under Pep Guardiola

Swansea City v Manchester City: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
Swansea City v Manchester City: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round

Pep Guardiola is one of the most decorated managers in the history of the game, with the Spaniard having won over 30 trophies in his managerial career. With his famous 'tiki-taka' style of play, Pep Guardiola's teams have wowed football fans around the world over the years.

A Barcelona academy graduate himself, Guardiola began his managerial career with Barcelona B in 2007. He was appointed manager of the Barcelona first team a season later, replacing Frank Rijkaard. Guardiola outstandingly went on to win a historic treble in his first season in charge at Barcelona.

Four more trophies followed the following season as Guardiola won the Spanish Super Cup, UEFA Super Cup, a first-ever Club World Cup for Barcelona and a consecutive La Liga title. Guardiola spent two more seasons at Barcelona before his departure in 2012 and won seven more trophies with the Spanish giants. That included a second Champions League title in 2011.

After a year away from coaching, he joined German powerhouse Bayern Munich, where he spent three seasons at. Guardiola won the Bundesliga title in each of those three seasons in charge at Bayern Munich and won the DFB-Pokal twice as well as the Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his debut season. With only the UEFA Champions League trophy eluding him, Guardiola left Bayern Munich in 2016 after his contract with the Bavarians expired.

He immediately moved to the Premier League where he joined Manchester City. Although he endured a very tough debut season at the Etihad, Guardiola bounced back in style the following season. He led Manchester City to their third Premier League title with a record-breaking 100 points in his second season.

Pep Guardiola has been fortunate to manage some of the best footballers in the world over his career. Players like Lionel Messi, Kevin de Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Sergio Aguero and Xavi amongst others have played under the Spaniard. There have however been some players who many might not remember playing under Guardiola. It could be because they either played very few times or did not have a significant impact during their time under the manager.

On that note, we take a look at five players who you might not know that played under Pep Guardiola.

#5 Gerard Deulofeu

Udinese Calcio v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A
Udinese Calcio v Hellas Verona FC - Serie A

Many will remember the former Watford winger briefly playing for Barcelona under Ernesto Valverde. The Spanish winger made his debut for the Camp Nou club under Pep Guardiola in 2011. Deulofeu came on as a second-half substitute for Cesc Fabregas in a 5-0 win over Mallorca.

He also made his European debut under Guardiola, coming on against BATE Borisov in the Champions League group stage game. Guardiola, however, left after that campaign and was replaced by Tito Vilanova. Deulofeu made four appearances in all competitions under Vilanova and then signed a new contract with Blaugrana running until 2017.

He was immediately loaned out to Everton, where he made 29 appearances and scored four times. The Merseyside club were interested in keeping the Spaniard for another loan spell however Barcelona asked for him to return as they felt he was ready for first-team football.

New Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, however, sent him out on loan to La Liga side Sevilla. The stint with the Andalusians proved highly unsuccessful and he returned to Barcelona at the end of the campaign. Everton eventually signed him on a permanent deal before a loan spell with AC Milan, a return to Barcelona and a move to Premier League side Watford followed.

Deulofeu left Watford in 2020 after the club's relegation and is now in Italy playing for Udinese.

#4 Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League

Hojbjerg can currently be found marshaling the Tottenham Hotspur midfield. The Dane however began his professional career at Bayern Munich, arriving at the club a season before Pep Guardiola's appointment.

After appearing just twice for the first team in his debut season, Hojbjerg played eight games for the first team the following season under Pep Guardiola. Seven of those appearances came in the league. He also started in the DFB-Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund, playing the full 90 minutes before being substituted off at the 102nd minute as Bayern Munich went on to win 2-0.

The Denmark international went on to make 13 appearances the following season but was loaned out midseason to Augsburg to secure more game time. He returned to Bayern Munich after his loan spell ended and made just one appearance for the Bavarians. He came on at halftime against FC Nottingen in the DFB-Pokal before once again going out on loan this time to Schalke.

Like Guardiola, Hojbjerg also secured a move to the Premier League for the 2016-17 season, joining Southampton in a move worth €15 million. He spent four years with the Saints before joining Jose Mourinho at Tottenham in 2020.

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Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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