Pep Guardiola has all the characteristics and experience needed to transform Manchester City, according to one of his former players, Xavi Hernández.
Guardiola took over the reins on the blue side of Manchester earlier in the summer and has quietly gone about his business in the transfer market, adding England’s John Stones as part of his latest work just this week.
Writing in the Guardian, Xavi said:
“If anyone can change Manchester City, it is him.
“If you had asked me 10 years ago, maybe I would have said: ‘Bloody hell, it’s difficult,’ but English football has evolved, it’s not so direct and he won’t have to change everything at City.”
The midfielder worked under Guardiola for four years at Barcelona, winning two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles during that time. Xavi described his former mentor as “meticulous, focused on every little detail” and insists he will be a success in the Premier League.
“David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Agüero and Yaya Touré are all players who could have played for Barcelona and he will sign players that fit. And Guardiola can turn the screw on that, tighten everything up.
“He won’t have problems with players that don’t fit. He’s very direct, very straight with people. They will know if they don’t train well, they won’t play. He will have no problem leaving out a star or putting a young player in.
Xavi concluded: “Pep once said if he could play with 11 midfielders he would, if he could have 100% of the ball he would do that too. So, he might change … he might become even more radical.”
The Spaniard is the latest manager to be given the task of bringing European success to the Etihad Stadium; however, according to a report in Thursday’s edition of The Sun, he will have to become his new campaign without a number of his new recruits as Leroy Sane and Ilkay Gundogan are already sidelined with injury and likely to be out of action for a couple of weeks.