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Pep Guardiola's greatest U23 XI

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Messi became the best player in the world under Pep Guardiola

In the history of football, there have been events that have had an everlasting impact on the game. One of them was the appointment of Pep Guardiola as FC Barcelona's manager in 2008.

Using the principles of Johan Cruyff, the former Barcelona legend implemented a very distinct style of football that won him the sextuple in his very first year as a manager. After winning all kinds of silverware with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he is now on his way to win the first Premier League title of his career with Manchester City.

One his most talked about traits is his preference for youth over experience. The list of youngsters that have prospered under his tutelage is long, but today we have narrowed it down to a team of eleven.


Manchester City v SSC Napoli - UEFA Champions League

At Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola was fortunate enough to have services of two esteemed shot-stoppers in Victor Valdes and Manuel Neuer respectively. Unsatisfied with a waning Claudio Bravo at Manchester City, he decided to sign Ederson Morales from Benfica.

The only exception to the age-constraint on this list, Ederson was 23 when he made his competitive debut for Manchester City against Brighton. With a signing amount of £35 million, the Brazilian holds the honour of being the most expensive goalkeeper in EPL history.

Ederson has been exceptional in front of goal this season. Alongside swift shot-stopping and amazing ball-distribution skills, he often made crucial interventions by coming off the line. In just a short period, Ederson has established himself as a key member is Guardiola's squad.

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