SPORTS: GUARDIOLA HAS SEEN HOW DIFFICULT PREMIER LEAGUE IS – TOURE

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The Manchester City midfielder believes
the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich
manager is beginning to find his feet in
England after a mixed start
Yaya Toure says Pep Guardiola has seen
how difficult it is trying to replicate
Barcelona in the Premier League but has
backed his manager to get it right at
Manchester City.
Yaya wants City to surpass United
A three-time La Liga winner and
Champions League victor during his time
in charge of Barcelona, it has been
somewhat of a culture shock for Guardiola
since arriving to the physicality of England
from German champions Bayern Munich.
After a strong start, City went off the boil
and lost back-to-back games amid
criticism over his possession-based style
of play, but set in his ways, Guardiola
refused to change his tactics.
City have since won two matches in
succession to sit third in the Premier
League – seven points behind leaders
Chelsea – and Toure, who spent two years
under Guardiola at Camp Nou, says the
45-year-old Spaniard is finding his feet.
“I think he’s seen how difficult this league
is physically but he’s a very intelligent
guy, he understands football very well,”
said the former Ivory Coast captain..
“He always has to win, to conquer a
league, but he’s seen that here in England
it’s complicated because, as we’ve said
before, in England you need to be very
strong in the second balls, and also the
third and the first balls.
Things looking up for United under Jose
“The manager’s idea is that we have to be
like Barcelona. It’s going to be difficult but
with a lot of work we’ll continue that way.”
City are away from home next week, up
against bottom side Hull City on Monday.

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