Former Barcelona midfielder, Xavi Hernandez, has heaped praise on ex-boss and current Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola. Speaking to BBC Sport, the legendary Catalan midfielder opined that the former Bayern Munich boss can change the mentality of English players.
"If there is one person who can change the mentality of English players, of English football it is Pep Guardiola," Xavi said.
The World Cup winning midfielder further went on to state that the former Barcelona boss is one of the best coaches because of his zeal towards the game.
"I think he is one of the best coaches and I think with his personality, his exertion, his obsession with his job and with his personality he will have a very big chance there.”
He further added that with Pep Guardiola at helm, the Etihad club are in for a revolution.
"Maybe [there will be] a big revolution with Pep Guardiola, now if you see the games of Manchester City you can see the style of Pep.
"His passion for football, his mentality, his style, everything is good about working with Pep Guardiola, he is absolutely one of the best coaches of the moment.”
As we all knew already, Xavi Hernandez attested to the fact that his former manager is obsessed about the style of football that he loves—possession football— and how he exudes it on the teams he manages.
"He is obsessional about his style. He believes in it a lot. He always wants possession, he has an understanding of the game and he transfers this to the players.”
The midfielder, now playing for Al Sadd in Qatar, reminisced his time together with Guardiola at Barcelona and labeled the meticulous tactician as a “fantastic coach.”
"We made history with him at Barcelona, he was a fantastic coach and he made fantastic memories for everybody in Barcelona.”
Finally, Xavi concluded by saying that Camp Nou has always been the home to many great coaches, but none could be held in the same league as Pep Guardiola as he “created a revolution” with the Blaugranas and that he transfers his passion for the game to his players.
"I think Barcelona always have the best coaches, but Guardiola created a revolution in football, not only in Barcelona but in world football. For me, he is an example as a coach and as a player, he was a big reference.
"For sure he gets angry. When you see Pep Guardiola on the bench you can see his passion for football, and he transfers this to the players. I know him and I know he can do that for the players."
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