Gerard Pique had the fortune of playing under both Sir Alex Ferguson and Pep Guardiola, so who better to compare the two than the Barcelona defender?
The World Cup winner spent four seasons with Ferguson at Manchester United before re-joining the Spanish club in 2008 as Guardiola embarked upon an incredibly successful run.
And Pique has compared the two manager’s varying styles, claiming Ferguson is like the Godfather and the Catalan is “really intense”.
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The 29-year-old was speaking to Rio Ferdinand in an interview with BT Sport ahead of Barca’s Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid.
Guardiola will take over the reins at Manchester City in the summer and Pique reckons the Citizens have made a coup in hiring his former boss.
“When I was at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson was already 20 years a coach so he took the position of the coach in a different style,” the Spain international said, per Manchester Evening News.
“Guardiola was young and he was really intense, every day. When I was at United, I remember [Carlos] Queiroz as the man who did the training. Sir Alex was more outside, controlling everything.”
Ferdinand chimed in: “Like the godfather,” to which Pique said: “Exactly.”
“Both of them, you can see their careers - they are both fantastic,” the defender added.
Guardiola's Barca success
Pique and Guardiola won two Champions Leagues and three La Liga titles together before the latter left the club.
City confirmed Guardiola’s appointment - ending his three-year stay at Bayern Munich - in February.
Guardiola is widely regarded as the finest manager in world football - and his extensive list of achievements speaks for itself - but Ferguson had a warning for the Catalan upon his arrival in England.
“Without question Pep has got a fantastic work ethic about him, he demands that from all of his training sessions,” Ferguson said, per the Manchester Evening News.
“Anyone who thinks they're not going to work hard at City won't last long. He has got great coaching ability, there is no doubt about that.
"Man City have made a real coup"
“Man City have made a real coup in getting him but Pep won't find it easy, English football is not easy.
“Every foreign coach that has come to England will tell you that. Arsene Wenger was talking about that a few months after coming and even Jose Mourinho realised after his first season that what he achieved was hard work.”
This current Premier League season is a perfect example of the difficulties Ferguson could be alluding to. Chelsea, last year’s champions, are currently 10th in the table while Leicester are on the verge of winning the division one year after nearly succumbing to relegation.