Unai Emery explains how Pep Guardiola adapted to English football with Man City
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that he is impressed with the way Pep Guardiola has adapted to defending in the English Premier League.
Guardiola has been widely praised for his attacking philosophy that he has commanded in all his teams especially at Barcelona with the tiki-taka. The two managers first came across each other in La Liga and Emery is nearing the end of his first season in English football with Chelsea standing in his way of Champions League qualification and a fourth Europa League title.
In an interview with El Mundo, Emery revealed how Guardiola has adapted to defending in English football, "Pep has made a mix. He has sacred principles, which are not touched, but these are only 50 percent. The other 50 percent is made up of the situation and the variables. City have scored goals with long kicks from the goalkeeper, something unthinkable in his club, and his counter is dizzying.
"One of the things that he said as soon as he arrived was that he had to be strong in both areas and for that you have to be physical. Look at many of his big signings: [John] Stones, [Kyle] Walker, [Benjamin] Mendy, [Aymeric] Laporte...What are they? Defenders."