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Guardiola claims January 2021 Barclays Manager of the Month award

12 Feb 2021
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Spaniard adds to Ilkay Gundogan's EA SPORTS award win after leading Man City to perfect January

Pep Guardiola has made it an awards double for Manchester City after winning January's Barclays Manager of the Month award.

The Spaniard adds to the EA SPORTS Player of the Month prize given to midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, after leading Man City to the top of the table with six wins from six in the league. 

Guardiola's men also secured nine victories in all competitions during January, the most by any club in a calendar month in English Football League history.

'A remarkable month'

"What this team achieved in January – winning all our games, despite all the restrictions we face – is remarkable,” Guardiola told Man City's official website.

“This just shows how focused my players and staff are. They are incredible, and I am so proud to work alongside them. Every single person involved deserves huge credit.”

Pep Guardiola and his staff with the Barclays Manager of the Month award
Pep Guardiola has praised the focus of his players and first-team staff, pictured, after winning the Barclays award

Man City started the month with a 3-1 victory at Chelsea and would not concede another PL goal in January.

Their winning streak also included beating Crystal Palace 4-0 at home and a 5-0 success at West Bromwich Albion.

Guardiola has now won the Barclays award eight times, matching the total earned by Jurgen Klopp, Martin O'Neill and Harry Redknapp.

The 50-year-old won after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts, beating Mikel Arteta, David Moyes and Graham Potter.

2020/21 Barclays Manager winners

September: Carlo Ancelotti (EVE)
October: Nuno Espirito Santo (WOL)
November: Jose Mourinho (TOT)
December: Dean Smith (AVL)
January: Pep Guardiola (MCI)
February: Pep Guardiola (MCI)
March: Thomas Tuchel (CHE)

Also in this series

Part 1: Gundogan named January's EA SPORTS Player of the Month
Part 3: Brilliant Salah strike wins Budweiser Goal of the Month

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