In most people’s eyes, Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest coaches of this generation. After all, he guided Barcelona to an unprecedented treble during his first campaign as top dog.
Consequently, the Spaniard’s take-over of Manchester City has, on the whole, been very well received.
However, Xhedran Shaqiri has been rather more skeptical when it comes to the 45-year-old and his coaching abilities. If the Swiss midfielder is to be believed, Guardiola isn’t the perfect manager some view him to be.
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Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 24-year-old offered a lengthy insight on the nature of training under Guardiola. The Swiss stated: "He is a very good coach in terms of what happens on the pitch but his communication was not so good with me."
"Guardiola doesn't talk too much about this [leaving players out]. He doesn't say to the players why.
"Of course sometimes that's difficult for a player, especially when you are working well and training well. And especially when he speaks around the media and says 'He is good, he is good. He is the best player'.
"I see Hart on the bench. I don't know the real problem but in every club there will be new problems. New coaches and new staff want to work with new players. Maybe they don't like this player. This is what happens at all clubs. Look at Manchester United with [Bastian] Schweinsteiger."
What makes Shaqiri so qualified to sink his teeth into Guardiola and his methods is their shared time at Bayern Munich.
For two seasons the current Stoke City man played under the wing of the Spaniard with varying success. Ultimately though, Guardiola proved the man to shepherd him out of the Allianz Arena.
Whether underlying bitterness by Shaqiri may have influenced his comments is unknown, but it certainly proves ample prompt for criticism.
Moreover, these old wounds have been opened up by the fact the pair will once again meet this season. However, this time they’ll be on opposing sides and in the physical battleground that is the Premier League.
Only approaching clashes will dictate whether Shaqiri will be made to eat his words or be the one left laughing.
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