Pep Guardiola is going to take most of the credit when Manchester City takes its sixth league titles this year. However, there is more than one coach that guides the team to victory each season. It’s for this very reason that we decided to take a look at the other coaches that fall under the squad and to see what their roles contribute to the phenomenal success of the team in 2019.
Assistant Coach: Domenec Torrent
Domenic Torrent is undoubtedly the most trusted staff member for Pep Guardiola at the moment. This is because he has worked alongside the head coach for several years, including his managerial roles under Bayern Munich and Barcelona. He is someone that always sits next to Guardiola during a game and is one of four assistant coaches.
Performance Analysis Coach: Carles Planchart
Best known for his attention to detail, Carles Planchart, a Barcelona-native, has been on Pep Guardiola’s side since he started his coaching career in 2007 with the Barcelona B team. He analyses individual and collective tactical aspects to assist in making improvements on both the club and different players.
Fitness Coach: Lorenzo Buenaventura
Guardiola was joined by Buenaventura in 2008 during his time at Barcelona and decided the follow the head coach to Bayern Munich as well. He plays a vital role in assisting City to perform at their best, ensuring all players are always fit and healthy before the start of every match. He is also renowned for speeding up the process when an injured player needs to get back on the field for an important game.
Head of Player Support and Protocol: Manel Estiarte
Manel Estiarte is an Olympic Gold Medallist, representing Spain a total of 578 times with water polo while becoming the first player in the sport to represent Spain a total of 6 times at the Olympic Games. He initially started working for Pep at Bayern Munich and continues to provide a world of sports knowledge to the head coach of Manchester City.
Assistant Coach: Rodolfo Borrell
The first coach for Lionel Messi at Barcelona was Borrell. He also played vital roles in the development stages for both Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas. He initially moved to England after being appointed Liverpool’s technical director. After that, he joined Manchester City’s academy in 2014 before moving to Pep’s team in 2016.
Head of Goalkeeping: Xabi Mancisidor
Xabi Mancisidor was a former goalkeeper for Mallorca, a Spanish football team before he decide3d to join Manchester City as their goalkeeping coach when Manuel Pellegrini still ran the club. Therefore, he was made the head of goalkeeping by Guardiola when he arrived in 2016.
Assistant Coach: Mikel Arteta
Arteta is a former midfielder for both Arsenal and Everton and joined Guardiola in early 2016 when he decided to retire from playing football. He is considered the first member of Pep’s team and is regarded as one of the most critical assistants at Manchester City.