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Guardiola vs Zidane: Europe's two most prolific coaches go head-to-head

When Pep Guardiola parted ways with Barcelona no one thought that his record of 14 titles in 247 games would ever be matched, but Zinedine Zidane is now closing in on that figure.

Zidane now has a better average of trophies per game than Guardiola (one every 19 matches compared to the Catalan's one every 22), but if you focus on his best period at the Camp Nou, Pep won a title every 18 matches, edging his rival.

The two coaches will come face-to-face this Friday in the Champions League in a game in which Manchester City hold the advantage after a 2-1 win against Real Madrid at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Two attack-minded coaches

Zidane's Real Madrid go into the game with the best defensive record in Europe's top five leagues, while Guardiola's Manchester City boast the best attack after scoring 102 goals.

They are two coaches who love to defend and attack, with Real Madrid notching at average of 2.4 goals per game, not far off Guardiola's 2.58.

Guardiola comes out on top in terms of percentage of matches won, having triumphed in 73.8 percent of his 639 games in charge, having lost only 74, while the Frenchman isn't far behind with an average win rate of 67.14 percent, losing 26 matches out of 210.

What stands out about Zidane is that from his 11 titles, he has won all nine cup finals he has managed in, and among them were the three consecutive Champions League triumphs, which is a trophy Guardiola hasn't managed to get his hands on since he left Barcelona.

However, if there's a coach who dominates domestically, especially in the league, it's Guardiola, who has won a total of eight.

He only lost one LaLiga Santander title to Real Madrid in his four years at Barcelona before going on to lift three Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munichand then coming out on top in the Premier League in two of his four seasons with Manchester City.

In the first head-to-head between these two great coaches this season, Guardiolacame out on top.

The Catalan will now be looking to seal the deal in the return leg in Manchester and eliminate a Zinedine Zidane side for the first time in Europe and finally claim that much-desired first Champions League trophy for Manchester City.

Source: Marca / Pablo Polo

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