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Guardiola thanks Cruyff for his success

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes it is thanks to the late Johan Cruyff that he has enjoyed so much success in his managerial career.

Guardiola, 45, played under Cruyff at Barcelona and is convinced it is because of the Dutchman that he became a successful manager after he retired from playing.

“I was a lucky guy, I coached City, Bayern and Barca because I met him,” Guardiola said.

“I thought I knew about football but when I met him, a whole new world opened in front of me.

“He taught us – not only me, but a generation of players – to understand the game, to understand why you took that decision.

“Football is the most complicated game, it’s very open and you have to take a lot of decisions. His impact on people was enormous.

“He wasn’t sitting during training sessions, he was playing with us, but better than us. He would not tell us how to do things, he would do them. Every single training session was a masterclass.

“He had knowledge, charisma, personality. Everyone knows about football, everyone, but there’s not many people that you will follow if he tells you to. You followed him.

“He was the most courageous manager I ever met. He believed in the ‘efecto mariposa’ (butterfly effect), that a good pass at the beginning could create a wonderful thing at the end.”

Guardiola has amassed 21 titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. His Manchester City side is currently at the top of the Premier League standings.

Guardiola thanks Cruyff for his success

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