Pep Guardiola claims Fernandinho can play in 10 positions

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Pep Guardiola is still getting to know his Manchester City players.

The Catalan coach began work at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month ahead of what promises to be a fascinating season for the Citizens.

It hasn’t taken long for Guardiola to lay the law down at his new club - pizza is off the menu and players deemed overweight will be banned from training sessions - but the players, judging by their quotes to the press, appear to be responding well to their manager’s demands.


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Fabian Delph - per BBC Sport - even went as far as to say he’s learned more from Guardiola in three weeks than he has done in the rest of his career combined.

"The first three weeks have been amazing. I've learned more than I have throughout my whole career,” the English midfielder said. "It is a big statement but it is the truth."

It can’t be easy to impress Guardiola, who has worked with the world’s best players, including the greatest - Lionel Messi.

But there is one player in particular who has caught Pep’s eye; unfortunately for Delph, it’s not him.

Guardiola hails Fernandinho

Guardiola reckons Fernandinho possesses all the qualities to become a top all-around player, and believes the Brazilian midfielder is capable of playing in 10 different positions - including centre-back.

"I think Fernandinho can play in 10 positions," Guardiola was quoted as saying by Goal ahead of Thursday’s match against Borussia Dortmund.

"He has the quality to play wherever. He's a quick, fast player, so intelligent, aggressive and strong in the air.

"He could play at centre back. He has the quality to create good build-up play. We think he can play there.

"I like midfielders to play at centre back because they can play good passes."

Guardiola praises the other Man City players

Guardiola also reserved praise for the rest of the Manchester City squad for their collective positive attitude over the past few weeks.

"I want to say thank you so, so much to my players for the way they train, the way they try to understand me," the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss added.

"Every manager has their own ideas from the beginning to speak, to train, to know the way they want to live. That’s all.

"For the coaches it’s impossible to achieve a victory when the player doesn’t want it but that is not the case – they are great human beings and great players."

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