Ronald De Boer has claimed that he believes Pep Guardiola got his tactics right against Barcelona, despite Guardiola’s Manchester City side suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat at the Nou Camp.
De Boer’s was talking to Talksport’s Alan Brazil on the Alan Brazils Sports Breakfast show when he gave his thoughts on Manchester City’s heavy defeat to the La Liga champions.
"Overall, you could still be positive with what City showed. They made it a game, even with ten men...I think it [the tactics] worked," he said.
"City did well. You know he is a tactical genius, Guardiola. You shouldn't doubt his technical moves.”
After a great start to his managerial career with Man City, former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has now failed to win in his last four games in all competitions.
Guardiola, to the surprise of many, left start striker Sergio Aguero on the bench at the Nou Camp, in a game which saw Claudio Bravo receive a red card for a blatant hand ball outside of the box, as well as Lionel Messi score a hat trick against City’s exposed defence.
City have now conceded seven goals in their last two Champions League outings, with many pointing to Guardiola’s philosophy of always playing out from the keeper as a reason for their poor defensive record.
Speaking of these criticisms, De Boer went on to say:
"Sometimes it doesn't work for 100 percent [of the time] but they still gave Barcelona a battle. He will maybe next time play Aguero but he was 100 percent sure that he could surprise Barcelona, and he did."
Manchester City currently lead the Premier League table on goal difference, and sit second in their Champions League group, one point ahead of third place Borussia Monchengladbach, and now five points off leaders Barcelona.