Guardiola insists the Premier League isn't necessarily the most intense .

Pep Guardiola has a dig at the Premier League ahead of return to Barca

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The Premier League is regularly hailed as the best in the world, but it sounds like Pep Guardiola's just not buying it.

The Manchester City boss is eight games into his first season in English football.

After six wins from his first six games, he's now experienced his first taste of what makes the league so exciting. City have taken just one point from their fixtures against Tottenham and Everton, two games they would probably have been expecting to win.


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Even so, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager seems unimpressed.

It's not just its abilty to cause upsets that's made the league so highly-rated. Its unique brand of intense football is also thought to be unrivalled anywhere else in the world - or so the theory goes.

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Guardiola, who admittedly knows more than most about the different ways the game can be played, has set about debunking the myth, taking a cheeky swipe at the Premier League in the process.

"I hear a lot of times about the intensity of the Premier League when none of you have been in La Liga or the Bundesliga to know how it is," Guardiola said, as per ESPN.

"The problem here is maybe that there are more games but the way that they play in Germany is... [whistles]... it's amazing. I think you have to have respect for the other leagues, how they play and the way they play."

Guardiola unimpressed 

Admittedly, with City preparing to face Barcelona in midweek, Guardiola could be left looking silly if he were to claim the English game was the pinnacle of European football, and then fail to get a result at the Nou Camp.

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For now, the Sky Blues' main focus should just be finding the back of the net, having missed two penalties and a host of other chances in the 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.

All in all, though, Premier League fans won't have liked hearing his latest comments.

During his days at Barca and Bayern, English fans couldn't wait for him to arrive at of the UK's top clubs, but now that he has, he doesn't sound all that impressed.

Is the Premier League still the best in the world? Have your say in the comments. 

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