Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has hailed Pep Guardiola as a 'genius' who has 'changed the way we see football.'
Guardiola is one of the most decorated managers in the modern era, having won eight top-flight titles and two Champions Leagues at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City since 2008. The 48-year-old has also produced some of the most entertaining teams in history, with a focus on attacking play and tactical innovation. And Ferdinand believes the City boss has already achieved so much during his 11 years in the dugout.
"He’s got that competitive edge. But that’s a genius sitting there. He’s somebody who’s an innovator. He’s changed the way we see football," he told BT Sport.
"We talk about goalkeepers coming out and being a part of the team, and not being detached and just being a goalkeeper. They’re now part of the back four and they’re involved – and that’s down to him.
"Full-backs are playing inside the field now more than ever. It’s crazy, some of the stuff he does. Sometimes you sit and think, ‘is it boredom? Is he bored of just winning the way he was and wanted to do something different?’"
City are currently second on the log, six points behind league leaders Liverpool.