Pep Guardiola

Lineker says Premier League should be grateful to Guardiola

Gary Lineker has praised Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for the influence his style of play will have on English football.

The Citizens were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday when their local rivals Manchester United surprisingly lost to bottom of the table West Brom at Old Trafford.

There is little doubt that Guardiola’s men are worthy title winners, with his side having played some of the finest attacking football the Premier League has ever seen during this campaign.

City went on a record breaking 18 game winning streak early this season to effectively have the league wrapped up by the start of this year.

Guardiola struggled at times during his first season in English football, but Lineker also praised the former Barcelona coach for sticking to the footballing principles he honed during his time at the Nou Camp.

The Match of the Day host also believes that City’s manager deserves a lot of credit for his ability to improve players.

“The seriously interesting thing is how Guardiola has improved so many footballers. Not footballers who are really young, but players like Kyle Walker, Fernandinho and even Kevin de Bruyne.” Lineker told the BBC.

“I think that’s where his levels of management are above everyone else’s, certainly this season.”

“I think Guardiola is great for the English game. So many people said he couldn’t play his style of football in the Premier League.”

“I’m glad he’s stuck with his principles, that he came through and his style of football which he has not only proved you can win with it, but it’s so beautiful to watch at times.”

“We’ll always be grateful in the Premier League and English football because we all know that success is copied and imitated by other teams, other coaches and children playing the game.”

“I think unquestionably Guardiola will influence the style of football in this country, because not only is it pleasing on the eye, but it’s bringing success.”

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