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Pep Guardiola will take time to adjust to Premier League football

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After successful stints at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has finally found himself managing in the Premier League, taking over from Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. 

Previously in La Liga and the Bundesliga, Guardiola has had fairly simple goals: beat your nearest rivals, whether it be Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid or Borussia Dortmund, and everything else will take care of itself and you'll more than likely win the league.

Whereas, in the Premier League, it is not quite that simple.


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Last season, three of the "big teams" finished outside the top four and, of course, Leicester City won the league.

Wherever Guardiola has been before, the title challengers usually consist of the same three teams, however, in the Premier League next season, there are potentially eight teams that could all have a decent go at winning the title. It will be a challenge to get into the top four for any team next year and it's and an even bigger one to try and win it.

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Something that may also surprise the Spaniard, is the standard of the mid-table and lower-placed teams.

In the leagues he has previously managed in, the gulf in class has been obvious, but in the Premier League, it is often the case that the teams lower to the bottom of the table will get a result against the bigger sides. 

In recent years, whenever one of Guardiola's sides have faced off against the defensively structured Atletico Madrid, they have struggled to break them down, and in the Premier League that could be a feature he has to face week in week out, with the majority of lower-placed sides preferring to defend deep and play on the counter against the bigger sides.

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Another aspect of the Premier League that Guardiola may struggle to grasp is the change in the meaning of winning ugly.

In previous seasons in the Premier League, it has often been the case that the potential champions have a dip in form performance wise and have to grind out results.

Earlier this month, Guardiola spoke of his desire to win playing the 'right way', but as discovered in previous seasons, in the Premier League that is not always possible, and sometimes Manchester City will have their backs up against the wall which is something Guardiola has barely experienced during his managerial career.

Whether Pep Guardiola can lead Manchester City to success is anyone's guess, but one thing is for certain, with all the world-class managers in the Premier League, it is going to be an exciting season for everyone to look forward to.

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