Pep Guardiola is similar to Arsene Wenger, says Gael Clichy

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Bengaluru, July 27: Former Arsenal and current Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy has hailed their new manager Pep Guardiola as a great manager who can revolutanize English football.

The French internation has compared the Spanish manager to his former boss Arsene Wenger, who according to Clihy had brought a new wave in England and accustomed the fans with a different style of football.

Pep Guardiola in front of Manchester City's stadium

Speaking to media Clichy said: "I've trained only a few weeks with Guardiola and I was eight years with Wenger.

"There are a lot of similarities between the two, but also so much difference.

"In eight or nine years, Guardiola has won pretty much everything and he's changed the way we see football. He was probably one of the first to bring the full-backs really high, to put a midfield player as a centre-back.

"Wenger, years ago, brought something back from wherever he was into English football and kind of changed the way people see football.

"I guess the two of them are just great managers, but you could say the same for Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho.

"Every manager has their own philosophy and for sure he's coming with his own ideas and it's quite refreshing for us."

Clichy further said, a manager (Guardiola), who has won two Champions League and three La Liga titles with FC Barcelona and three league titles with Bayern Munich, has given City's players a huge lift.

The defender continued: "Any manager who comes into a new club brings an energy. Instead of giving 100 percent you give 110 per cent just because it's a new manager and you need to show yourself.

"But of course he's bringing something different, he's bringing something he's been doing with Barcelona and Munich.

"It's been really exciting for the last three weeks and I can see that we're going to improve as a team and so many players are going to improve individually. Hopefully it will bring success to the club because, in the end, that's what he's here for.

"We're working hard and those that will be lucky to stay here will have an amazing season because he's a coach that gives a lot of energy on and off the field and, from my side, it's been incredible for the last three weeks."

Pep Guardiola has wasted no time in explaining his players his philosophy and according to Clichy he has asked each and every player to improve their game.

The new City boss has even told first-choice goalkeeper Joe Hart he needs to improve his ball-control and distribution with his feet.

"I think he's an ideal manager for any kind of player," added Clichy. "The goalkeeper needs to be better with their feet, the centre-backs are improving and the full-backs are important.

"In central midfield he said something like if he could play 11 midfielders, he would play them. So I guess for a midfielder it's unbelievable.

"And the strikers are going to score a lot of goals because we're going to create a lot of chances."

Manchester City kick-start their English Premier League 2016/17 season on 13th August, Saturday against Sunderland. [English Premier League season for August]

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