Pep Guardiola took over Manchester City in the year 2016. Having won 7 trophies in 3 years, he is said to be a tactical genius. According to him, Manchester City already has its next manager.
Pep Guardiola accepts Manchester City already have the perfect replacement for him at the club. Referring to his assistant manager Mikel Arteta. The ex Everton and Arsenal midfielder have been serving below Guardiola since 2016. Also, he recently admitted that he had turned down propositions to take over as a manager away to linger with the Premier League champions. The 37-year-old Spaniard was profoundly associated with a return to Arsenal. This happened when Arsene Wenger departed the club and the role ultimately went to Unai Emery. Guardiola has always stated that he is comfortable as City manager. He is contracted until 2021, but when he does transfer on, he considers Arteta would be good enough to rise up.
Guardiola also added: “He’s an incredible human being, with incredible values about what it means in the locker room and to be together. “He is already an incredible manager and he’ll have incredible success in his future. I’m pretty sure (he could succeed me), yes. But he decided to stay – thanks – but everyone decides what they’ll do in the future. Sooner or later it’s going to happen. “He’s a young manager but he has experience already to handle big players and teams.”
Is Mikel Arteta good enough for Manchester City?
Arteta has also performed for Paris St Germain, Rangers, and Real Sociedad. He came through the Barcelona youngster ranks and moved right into coaching. Guardiola after dangling up his boots three years ago. Guardiola says he and Arteta share a footballing belief which has worked out quite well for them.
The ex Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager said: “He has an incredible work ethic and he has a special talent to analyze what happens, and to find the solutions. We talk a lot about what he believes and feels and so on. He has helped me a lot, especially in the first year. He knew the Premier League, like for example in games against Stoke or whatever.”
In fact, Guardiola also said that “He(Mikel Arteta) can tell me the players we will face better than myself because he played against them and was in the Premier League for 10 or 11 years. That’s a long time and that is why he helped me a lot, and he still helps me.”
“He’s a guy who has this ability to see what happens. When you’re off the pitch and on the pitch it’s easier, he can do it. We see the football is really quite a close way.” added the Manchester City boss.
Guardiola said: “The first step is to not get injured – to play weeks and weeks and weeks and some months of train and train. He played the first minutes and in the future, he is going to play a little more regularly. Always we dream he would be an incredibly important player for us because with him we can attack more constantly and in different ways.”
Life back in the Premier League for Manchester City.
Manchester City will hope to get back to conquering plans in the Premier League on Saturday. They face Watford this week, following last week’s shock defeat at Norwich. Left-back Benjamin Mendy’s two cycles at City have been disrupted by injury. Although, he could emphasize after playing his first moments of the campaign as a late replacement against Shakhtar Donetsk in UEFA Champions League draw against Shakhtar Donestk. He could combine a unique dimension to the team. Although, given the Frenchman’s robustness problems, Guardiola will have to be circumspect.