Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti are two great football coaches that are often compared head to head. Rightly so, they both are very successful. Therefore, there is a need for Pep Guardiola vs Ancelotti in terms of trophies, head-to-head, and other stats.
In this post, Soofootball dives into a comparison of both managers in some key areas.
However, before going into details, here is a summary of Pep Guardiola vs Jose Ancelotti head to head stats.
Guardiola vs Ancelotti Stats in Summary
- Ancelotti won the World best coach award twice at 2 different clubs – Real Madrid (2014), and AC Milan (2006).
- Guardiola won the World Best Coach award 2 times at just Barcelona.
- Pep has won 32 major trophies compared to Ancelotti’s 23.
- Guardiola won 5 of his 8 matches against Ancelotti. The Italian on the other hand won just 3.
- Guardiola’s teams scored 56.6% (17) of goals while Ancelotti’s team scored 43.3% (13).
- Jurgen Klopp has beaten Guardiola the most – 10 times.
- Luciano Spaletti has beaten Carlo Ancelotti the most – 11 times.
Now, let’s dive deep into the Guardiola vs Ancelotti comparison.
Guardiola vs Ancelotti Personal Accolade
|Coach||Name of Personal Accolade||No. of personal accolades won|
|Carlo Ancelotti||World best coach||2|
|Pep Guardiola||World best coach||2|
Personal accolades could be another way to define how good a coach can be.
In the case of Ancelotti vs Guardiola, it is obvious that the Italian has more personal accolades than the Spanish tactician.
Interestingly, Pep only won these personal accolades during his time at Barcelona after winning the Champions League.
Ancelotti, on the other hand, won the World best coach award twice – at 2 different clubs – Real Madrid (2014) and AC Milan (2006).
Pep Guardiola vs Carlo Ancelotti Trophies
|Name of Coach||Number of Trophies won|
Pep has won 32 major trophies compared to Ancelotti’s 23.
From another angle, one could also argue that Ancelotti has won better trophies than Guardiola because the Italian has 4 Champions League medals as a coach, while Pep has just won it just 2 twice at Barcelona.
In a nutshell, the Guardiola vs Ancelotti trophies comparison is 32:23.
Pep Guardiola vs Ancelotti Head-to-head
Ancelotti and Guardiola have faced off just 8 times but Guardiola has had a far superior head-to-head record.
Guardiola won 5 times compared to Ancelotti’s 3.
To put things in perspective, Guardiola won a whopping 62.5% of his matches against Ancelotti. The Italian, on the other hand, won just 37.5%.
Interestingly, both managers have never had a draw; it’s either win or lose in their 8 matches.
Again, Guardiola’s teams scored 17 goals against Ancelotti’s while the Italian’s team scored 13.
Compare: Guardiola vs Klopp Stats
Ancelotti vs Guardiola: Who is better?
So, here comes the big question – Ancelotti vs Pep Guardiola: Who is better? Well, going by the overall numbers; head to head, Trophies won and accolades, Pep seems to be better.
However, when we consider the fact that Ancelotti has won 4 Champions League trophies (as a coach) compared to Pep’s 2, we may conclude that Ancelotti is a better coach.
It is also important to mention that Ancelotti is one of the very few coaches who won the Champions League as a player too.
Ancelotti vs Guardiola FAQs Answered
How many times has Ancelotti beaten Guardiola?
Ancelotti has beaten Guardiola just 3 times out of 8 meetings. Guardiola on the other hand, won 5 times.
Who has won more trophies Ancelotti or Pep?
Well, Pep Guardiola has won a total of 32 trophies as a coach compared to Klopp’s 23.
Who has spent more money; Pep or Ancelotti?
|Manager||Total Players Signed||Total Amount Spent On transfer|
Ancelotti, so far, has spent €727,905,000 on the transfer of a total of 420 players. On the other hand, Pep has spent about €1Billion on 120 players in total.
It is important to also mention that out of Ancelotti’s 420 players bought, 104 were free transfers while Guardiola only purchased just 36 players with fees, others are free transfers.
Which manager has beaten Guardiola the most?
|Manager||Matches Against Guardiola||No. of times Guardiola is beaten|
|Ole Gunnar Solskjaer||9||4|
|Nuno Espírito Santo||8||3|
Jürgen Klopp has beaten Guardiola 10 times more than any other manager.
After Jürgen Klopp, Mourinho is Guardiola’s next nightmare manager after losing to the Portuguese 7 times.
Which manager has beaten Ancelotti the most?
|Manager||Matches Against Ancelotti||No. of times Ancelotti lost|
|Sir Alex Ferguson||14||6|
From the table above, it is clear that Luciano Spalletti is the coach that has beaten Carlo Ancelotti more than any other manager.
Ancelotti has lost to Luciano Spalletti 11 times in 24 meetings.
Roberto Mancini is Ancelotti’s next worst enemy having lost to his Italian compatriot 8 times in 21 outings.
Is Guardiola the best coach in the world?
Guardiola is a great manager and has won the Champions League twice. Get more info about Guardiola’s Champions League stats.
Also, Guardiola has won a trophy in every place he’s been to.
However, some sections of the fans say Financial Fairplay rule works in Manchester City’s favor and that Guardiola only won the Champions League because he had Messi in his team.
The Ancelotti vs Guardiola rivalry is one of the most interesting comparisons in football.
Both managers are highly regarded by football fans around the world.
Some sections of the fans choose Pep as a better manager because overall he has won more trophies (32) than Ancelotti (23).
However, many other fans argue that Ancelotti is a better manager because he has won more prestigious trophies than Guardiola. For example, Ancelotti has 4 Champions League medals as a coach compared to Guardiola’s 2.
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