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Manchester City: Pep Guardiola’s football exciting fans international, says Shay Given

Manchester City completed 3rd in Pep Guardiola’s first season in fee

Pep Guardiola has Manchester City taking part in a “special brand” of football this is exciting fans around the globe, says ex-goalkeeper Shay Given.

Guardiola’s aspect most sensible the Premier League via 5 issues, scoring 35 objectives in 10 video games and losing simplest two issues.

City completed 3rd within the Spaniard’s first season, and spent greater than £200m on new gamers in the summertime.

“The talent on show and even the talent on the bench at times is frightening for most teams,” Given informed BBC Sport.

“The group Guardiola has constructed now could be actually exciting to look at.

“He’s been there a season and used to be in a way feeling his manner across the Premier League in his first marketing campaign, strengthening once more in the summertime.

“It’s all good having that talent, but it’s getting the best out of the players and how they play, and Guardiola has got the balance absolutely spot on at the minute.”

Guardiola’s trophy haul at Barcelona incorporated two Champions Leagues and 3 La Ligas, sooner than successful 3 successive Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich.

But City have scored extra objectives than another Guardiola aspect at this level of a league marketing campaign.

“Pep Guardiola has brought his brand of football to Man City now and people are likening it to the Barcelona of old,” added Given, who paperwork his two seasons at Etihad Stadium in his new autobiography Any Given Saturday.

“That used to be some group they’d then, so if they’re likened to that then they’re doing one thing proper.

“Even impartial fans should love observing Man City play and the way they assault groups, their motion and they may be able to rating objectives from in all places the pitch – they’re nice to look at on the minute.

“The brand of football they are playing is very special and it excites people – not just the Man City fans, but people all around the world who love the Premier League.”

Man City ‘were given summer season signings proper’

Ederson (left) joined Manchester City in the summertime. Shay Given (proper) spent two seasons with the membership

City, who face Napoli within the Champions League on Wednesday sooner than website hosting Arsenal within the Premier League on Sunday, have been additionally most sensible of the department at this level remaining season – despite the fact that Guardiola’s aspect are 5 issues at an advantage this time round.

They went on to complete 3rd in 2016-17 and Given has warned sturdy get started does now not ensure good fortune.

“Hopefully Pep Guardiola will be trying to keep their feet on the ground, keep their heads balanced,” added the previous Newcastle and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper.

But the 41-year-old believes Guardiola has addressed City’s defensive problems with the summer season arrivals of goalkeeper Ederson and full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy.

Manchester City’s key summer season arrivals
Bernardo Silva (Monaco)
Danilo (Real Madrid)
Ederson (Benfica)
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco)
Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

City conceded greater than a purpose a sport all the way through remaining yr’s marketing campaign, however have stored six blank sheets of their opening 10 Premier League fixtures this season.

“Last year, they were still very good going forward but they were conceding too many goals,” stated Given.

“Ederson has regarded very at ease. Guardiola’s goalkeepers taking part in with their ft is easily documented, however he’s tremendous assured with the ball, he by no means panics and his decision-making and his beginning place may be very certain.

“He has a trust in himself with the ball at his ft. He does not panic when individuals are final him down, the defenders round him are at all times making angles and the midfielders are losing in to take a look at and obtain it off him.

“They have got that signing right this year.”

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