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Guardiola delighted by renaissance of attacking style


Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola (2nd L) celebrates with his players on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester City at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on November 26, 2017. Manchester City won the game 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF /

Pep Guardiola believes his style of play is gaining traction across English football after he experienced a tough first season with Manchester City.

Guardiola is pleased to see the high-possession, high-pressing and high-intensity approach he espouses has found popularity elsewhere in the Premier League, complimenting both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur on the way they play.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss saw his style questioned as he struggled to make an early impact at the Etihad Stadium, suffering the first trophyless season of his coaching career last term as City finished third in the table.

The transformation this season has been remarkable, with City having dropped just four points in 22 league matches as they remain in contention for an unprecedented trophy quadruple.

Having faced suggestions his style could not work in England, Guardiola is delighted to have proved his critics wrong, adding he loves to see other teams playing his way.

“I like that, because more than a manager, I’m a fan. When I have to choose, those are the type of teams I like to watch,” he said.

“Barcelona, I love to watch, first because I am a fan…

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