The upcoming season of the Premier League might not just be a battle of great players but also a battle of equally great footballing minds. After several changes made to managerial positions of the top teams, the Premier League now boasts of having the best managers in the game, fighting it out for the highly-coveted trophy.
The highly-skilled tacticians will also be looking to use the transfer market to strengthen their squads according to their strategic needs. Largely aware of the competition their rivals have to offer, these managers have got 38 games to make a difference; to rise above each other and win the league for their club.
The Premier League is said to be the best football league in the world.
And it just got better.
Josep "Pep" Guardiola (Manchester city)
Hailed as the man who revolutionized football in Catalonia, Pep Guardiola is held in high regard by many and considered one of the best minds in modern day football. His statistics speak for itself as he boasts of an incredible 74.3% wins in his 408 games as manager. He has won a total of 21 trophies and averages 2.38 points per game (a game won is three points earned).
His move to Manchester City from Bayern Munich has raised quite a few eyebrows but the 45-year-old is confident of making his presence felt in the Premier League.
Popularly known as the pioneer of Tiki-Taka football in Barcelona, Guardiola has been consistent in using holding formations with a great emphasis on maintaining possession of the ball. His basic game-play revolves around the simple technique of passing. His technique involves switching between the 3-4-3 and 4-1-4-1 formations based on the run of play and the players at his disposal.
However, whether his holding style of play will fetch him trophies in the Premier League, only time will tell. But with a number of extremely talented players like David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne in his side, Guardiola might just end up creating yet another formidable midfield force.
Since his appointment at Manchester City, Guardiola has signed Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund) for £21million and Nolito (Celta Vigo) for £13.8 million.