With all the headlines being dominated by Jose Mourinho’s imminent appointment by Manchester United, it’s easy to forget that their city rivals will also have a new manager next season.
Unlike United, Manchester City didn’t wait until the end of the season to sort out a deal with their number one managerial target with the Citizens announcing that Pep Guardiola would replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the season as early as February.
After the announcement, Guardiola remained at Bayern for the rest of the campaign, leading them to Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal glory.
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The domestic double meant that Guardiola has now won an incredible 21 trophies during his seven seasons at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Some people doubt that the Spaniard can replicate that kind of success in England with the Premier League - as seen this season - much more unpredictable than La Liga and the Bundesliga.
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However, Barcelona legend Xavi not only predicts he will be a success at Manchester City, but that he will revolutionise the Premier League.
“If there is anyone capable of changing that mentality, it is Guardiola... He is without doubt one of the best coaches in the world at the moment.”
Xavi knows his stuff
Xavi is certainly qualified to pass judgement on Guardiola.
The pair worked together at the Camp Nou during Guardiola’s four-year spell there where they won three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and two Champions League trophies.
Guardiola will take over a City side that scraped a fourth-placed finish after they finished above Manchester United on goal difference.
Pellegrini’s side were also knocked out at the same stage as Guardiola’s Bayern in the Champions League - as they reached the semi-finals for the first time in their history.
Champions League aspirations
That competition is something that City chiefs will be hoping Guardiola can win during his time at the Etihad Stadium. He won it twice whilst at Barcelona and reached the last-four on the other five occasions he has managed in the Champions League.
Last summer, Guardiola splashed out almost €80 million on transfer for the German club but it’s highly likely that he will be spending more than that in the coming months. The mega-rich club are expected to hand him a hefty transfer budget as they look to challenge for the Premier League once again.
City won't demand Guardiola 'changes the face of English football' like Xavi predicts - just a few Premier League trophies and Champions League will do.
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