David Silva has branded Pep Guardiola as a footballing genius after he guided Manchester City to their record-breaking title win last season.
However, his first season didn’t quite go to plan, finishing 15 points behind Champions Chelsea, leaving many to question whether Guardiola could make his tiki-taka style of play work here in England.
He answered those questions in resounding fashion though in his second season in charge, racking up a record-breaking 100 points to win the league at a canter, with Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva integral to his style of play in the heart of midfield.
Now, former Spain international Silva has hailed Guardiola as a genius, explaining how he gets every inch out of his players in all aspects of the game:
“Pep Guardiola sees things before they happen and that’s an advantage – a massive plus,” he says in an interview for the Premier League Show.
“It’s like he explains it to you and you grasp it straight away. Something that I’d never seen before. And this goes for all areas: from the keeper through to the striker. In the past, some of my trainers had focused more on attack, others more on defence – but he covers the whole pitch.
“I think I’ve learned to be more patient on the pitch; I used to move around a lot and wanted to be all over the place. He’s taught me to stick to a more determined zone and wait for the ball to get to me to give us the upper hand. So, yes, I’ve improved in that sense.
“He’s a footballing genius.”