He may have endured his worst season since turning to management, but Pep Guardiola has still been voted the best coach in world football.
Guardiola beat Chelsea manager Antonio Conte into second place, the second time in as many days the Italian has been pipped to the post in a coaches’ award.
On Thursday, Italian daily Corriere dello Sport named Conte the second best coach behind Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.
Guardiola and Conte were two of four Premier League managers that made it into L’Equipe’s top 10 – the others being Jose Mourinho (5th) and Jurgen Klopp (10th) – (see full list below).
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino finished in 12th place, eight places above his north London rival Arsene Wenger.
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Rafa Benitez (27th), Claude Puel (30th), Ronald Koeman (31st) and Eddie Howe (47th) were the other representatives from England’s top two leagues in the top 50, while Wales manager Chris Coleman came 45th.
L'Equipe's 10 best managers in the world
1st: Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
2nd: Antonio Conte (Chelsea)
3rd: Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
4th: Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern Munich)
5th: Jose Mourinho (Manchester United)
6th Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus)
7th: Joachim Loew (Germany)
8th: Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
9th: Leonardo Jardim (Monaco)
10th: Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool)
L’Equipe gave its editorial staff a shortlist of 120 managers from which to make 30 choices in order.
Each time a coach was named in first place by a journalist they received 30 points, second place 29 points, third place 28 points and so on until a final points tally was recorded.