Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez believes former boss Pep Guardiola could lead Manchester City to both domestic and European success this season.
The Spanish coach has enjoyed a superb start to his tenure at the Sky Blues having signed on after trophy-laden spells with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Having been entrusted with the task of turning City into a European superpower, the 45-year-old appears well ahead of schedule in accomplishing his task.
Xavi, who was one of the stars of Guardiola’s side in Catalonia, is convinced the coach will be hugely successful at his new club.
‘Pep is a winner,’ he told Goal. ‘He will want to win it all this season, and with the squad Manchester City have there is no reason he can’t achieve that.
‘He will want to win it all this season, and with the squad Manchester City have there is no reason he can’t achieve that.
‘He won the treble with Barcelona and he can win three or four trophies this season. He will want to win it all, of course, the league and Champions League are special – but his ambition will be to win every competition,’ he added.
Xavi explained that City’s squad depth and their raft of top class international stars were crucial for competing on all fronts. The midfielder also warned, however, that the side’s players will need to maintain their good form if they hope to retain their places in the side.
‘Manchester City have already established a nice lead in the Premier League, but I know Pep and he will not allow complacency in the dressing room.
‘They could be 20 points clear – and he would still not allow complacency. Until the league is won – he will insist on full focus,’ Xavi concluded.
City are next in action when they take on Swansea City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday evening.
The action at the Liberty Stadium gets underway from 20:45.
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