Maybe it's all down to Pep

I talk about Pep Guardiola and look at his genius from a different angle

Jun 18, 2024 - 08:35
Jun 18, 2024 - 11:47
Maybe it's all down to Pep

In the football world in the modern era, he's seen as some of a Godfather like figure. Players like Xavi credit working with him and managers such as Mikel Arteta, Vincent Kmpany and Enzo Maresca and Xavi have been managers who have been very much disciples of his football teaching. 

The man is a genius, which is some statement coming from me a Manchester United fan. I will not go over board in my praise and say that Pep is better than Sir Alex Ferguson simply becuase hold your horses, the Catalan, is good but we will only know if he gets to Sir Alex's level come the end of his career. 

Back to the issue at hand, I want to talk about Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne, the two key creative players at Premier League champions Manchester City. In the colour of sky blue, both are close to world beaters, but on the international stage, arguably in the case of both men, they have sturggled to replicate their club form.

For all his talent,in the blue of Premier League champions City the Belgian De Bruyne is a world beater, several times he has single handedly come to Man City's rescue. This hasn't always been the case with The Red Devils.

Of course it's not solely KDB's fault, but Belgium have been knocked out of tournaments with a whimper. So it just goes to show, football players are human and need to be supported and put in right working .

Phil Foden is another. When he puts on the Man City shirt, the calls for him to win the Ballon d'or grow very loud, but when he wears the white of England, he's a shadow of the player who impresses week in, week out at the Etihad. 

So when people say Pep has it easy, or he's a bit over hyped, ask yourself, is he really?

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