Five reasons why Pep Guardiola should go to Chelsea

Pep Guardiola

The former Barcelona manager is set to return to work in the summer, and despite the plentiful competition, Chelsea have constantly been linked with enticing Guardiola at the helm at Stamford Bridge. Nick Harris takes a look at why they would be a good fit for him.

Here are five reasons why Chelsea can tempt Guardiola.

The squad

In their attempts to bring Catalonia, to London Chelsea have signed a plethora of talented, young attacking midfielders that have played the best football in England at times this season. Given that they might also sign Isco at some stage this year, Guardiola would be walking into a side that contains plenty of exciting players to work with and one that would be more than capable of taking on his brand of passing football. Few squads can match Chelsea's in the world, and in England they have the players that would entice Guardiola more than any other side.

The budget

Wherever he goes, Guardiola will likely have in mind some players he would like to sign and perhaps only Manchester City can match the purchasing power Roman Abramovich would give him at Chelsea. As he is in such high demand, Guardiola can name the budget he would as part of his contract negotiations, and Chelsea can offer him almost any player in the world.

The money

With Chelsea's record with managers, it's clear to everyone that Abramovich is not shy of splashing out on the man he wants to run the side. Guardiola is the manager he has wanted more than any other, and as such will probably be offered a ludicrous amount of money to manage Chelsea. If things go wrong, the Russian owner has also demonstrated that he will happily pay huge amounts to get rid of his managers. It might not be the most pleasant subject to talk about, but the pay packet at Chelsea would be hard to turn down.

The success

Guardiola will want to be competing for the very highest honours, and however they have achieved their success in recent years, Chelsea have been one of the top clubs in Europe for nearly a decade now. Guardiola will be offered a squad that has recently won the Champions League as well as numerous other honours, and with the ability to win any tournament they enter.

The rivalry

Guardiola was always seen as the quiet one in the rivalry with Jose Mourinho, but wasn't entirely shy of lashing out at the "Special One". Mourinho is linked with Chelsea like no other club, but couldn't bring the Champions League to Stamford Bridge, and Guardiola might fancy taking on his rival's legacy at Chelsea in an attempt to prove himself the better manager.

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