Pep's most used starting XI
Published: Wednesday, 31st, July 2019 08:25
Pep's most used starting XI

Pep Guardiola has selected 49 different players during his 174 matches in charge of Manchester City. Of those 49, 5 have been goalkeepers (10.20%), 17 defenders (34.69%), 21 midfielders (42.85%) and 6 strikers (12.24%) made up of 16 different nationalities.

It's no suprise that perfectionist Pep has used so many players - but who has he used the most? Let's take a look...

Guardiola's most-trusted player is Raheem Sterling, with the pacey winger featuring in 144 of the Spaniards 174 matches in charge of the club (82.75%). Come rain or shine, Raheem is the first name on Pep's teamsheet and he is way ahead of second-placed David Silva who currently sits on 135 appearances under El Senor. The top 3 is completed by Fernandinho who has amassed 134 caps during Guardiola's tenure -- you'd safely assume that number to be higher barring Fernandinho's recent injury troubles.

There are a total of 13 players that have a racked up at least 100 appearances in all competitions under Pep -- so it's safe to say he's found the perfect formula that has helped him on his way to collecting 6 domestic trophies already in his three seasons at the helm.

Of the 174 starting XI's that Pep has selected, only 9 combinations have ever been re-used, with the most popular combination only being used on 4 occasions.

So the XI that have started together the most times under Pep Guardiola -- consists of Ederson, with a back four of Fabian Delph, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker. In midfield there is Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling out wide with Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne in the middle. The frontline is made up of Gabriel Jesus with David Silva just behind.

It's no surprise that some of Pep's most impressive and stellar performances have come when using this XI, with a standout performance against Chelsea in the Centurions season being seen as the turning point in City's status from challengers to champions.

Date Competition Opposition Result
30/09/2017 Premier League Chelsea W 1-0
14/10/2017 Premier League Stoke City W 7-2
17/10/2017 Champions League Napoli W 2-1
06/05/2018 Premier League Huddersfield Town D 0-0

In terms of the 27 different goalscorers under Guardiola, Sergio Aguero leads the way with 95 goals scored under the Spaniard -- averaging a goal every 0.73 matches under Pep's stewardship.

Sergio Aguero has scored 22% (95) of all goals scored under Pep Guardiola (434) at Man City.

Pep has also handed debuts to 26 players during his tenure at the club, with an average age of 21. Remember, he doesn't give youth a chance though!