Pep Guardiola is expected to ring wholesale changes when he arrives at Manchester City in the summer as he designs the team he hopes will dominate England and Europe.
There are few better ways to pass the time than by predicting City’s starting line-up for next season, and Thierry Henry did just that on Sky Sports’ Saturday Night Football programme.
And if Henry’s forecast comes true, the Citizens will sign one of football’s hottest talents in the summer.
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The Arsenal legend, who played under Guardiola at Barcelona, reckons City will beat their rivals to the signing of Juventus star Paul Pogba.
The Premier League club might have to break Real Madrid’s record transfer fee for Gareth Bale in order to lure Pogba to the Etihad Stadium but, backed by Sheikh Mansour’s billions, it is certainly a deal they could complete.
Thierry Henry's Manchester City XI under Pep Guardiola
City will also add Borussia Dortmund’s industrious midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, according to Henry, who doubts Joe Hart will fit Guardiola’s style.
“He is not scared to change things,” the Frenchman said of the Bayern Munich boss. “If you don't fit the bill he's going to let you know, and he's not scared of anything. He just wants to win and to dominate.
“I love Joe and I think he is a great goalkeeper, but because of the way Guardiola likes to play, everything starts with the goalkeeper.
“You see Manuel Neuer playing almost as a sweeper for Bayern Munich. He plays high, with composure, and when the ball comes back, it's 'can you pick out your number four, your number six, your number 10?'
“But whether Joe keeps his place or not, that's going to be Pep's decision.”
Henry gave a fascinating insight into Guardiola’s philosophy last year, which you can watch below, as the world prepares to see whether the 45-year-old can conquer the ultra-competitive Premier League.
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