Rafa Benitez features highly in a new list of the most successful managers in European club football.

The criteria looked at, was how successful managers had been based on their first 100 games in European competition.

Pep Guardiola isn’t a surprise at the top with 61 wins and 23 draws, closely followed by Louis van Gaal.

However, Rafa Benitez is just behind in third with an impressive 60 wins, 22 draws and 18 defeats.

Also in the list is Sir Bobby Robson, the former Newcastle boss is 16th highest, having won 50, drawn 25 and lost 25.

Interesting to see Alex Ferguson missing out on the top 10 [placings, not having found it quite so easy in his early days at Aberdeen and Manchester United compared to later days.

Most successful managers based on first 100 European club matches as compiled by the Express:

61 23 16 Pep Guardiola

61 22 17 Louis van Gaal

60 22 18 Rafa Benitez

58 20 22 Jupp Heynckes

56 23 21 Valerly Lobanovskly

56 22 22 Giovanni Trapattoni

54 27 19 Fabio Capello

54 26 20 Sven Goran-Eriksson

54 25 21 Jose Mourinho

51 27 21 Carlo Ancelotti

54 18 28 Ernst Happel

49 32 19 Alex Ferguson

48 32 20 Manuel Pellegrini

51 22 27 Jorge Jesus

52 19 29 Otto Rehhagel

50 25 25 Sir Bobby Robson

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