While he may be too humble to fully claim it for himself, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the style of play that he has brought to the Premier League has rubbed off on all of English football.
Pep Guardiola is often hailed as the man who changed the style of play in England. The pressing, and possession based style of play that the Catalan likes to deploy is now commonly seen in all levels of football around the country.
In quotes provided exclusively to ESPN Brazil and translated by Sport Witness, the Manchester City boss had this to say on the subject:
"History will be the judge. It would be presumptuous of me to say we [Man City] did something different than what was done before. You can say, yes, that we did things our way. That is safe to say. We did it our way."
He went on to speak about how the style of play in England has changed in his nearly seven years at the helm of Manchester City.
“It [Premier League ] was very direct, very box-to-box, a lot of challenges - we didn’t try to do any of that. That’s what I came for. I felt the sensation after the second time we won the Premier League that this was done, we already did it. We came here to do it and we did it."
He continued, "But when you feel good and believe in yourself and in what we do, you think: ‘Why don’t I try to take this further?”
With the international break now over, Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will now be turning their attention to the upcoming hectic and thrilling fixture list that awaits them in April.
City will face three crucial Premier League clashes to further tighten their grip on the title, a double-header against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-final, an FA Cup semi-final against Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea, and the final of the Carabao Cup against Tottenham.
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