Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta is confident that his former manager Pep Guardiola will be able to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Iniesta, 32, won three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies under Guardiola when he was at Barcelona, and the Spanish international believes his former boss is well equipped to handle life in England.
“Pep knows how to adapt and he’ll adapt to the Premier League,” Iniesta told the Daily Mail. “He has made sure to get people on his staff who are going to help him do that. Mikel Arteta is only going to speed up that process.
“And they have strengthened the squad very well over the summer. City are competitive in all departments. I know Nolito very well because he was with me at Barcelona and he’s a teammate with Spain. He’s made a great start. I hope that everything goes well for him and that he continues to play as well as he has so far.
“And David Silva was already there. I have admired him throughout my career. He is exceptional.”
Iniesta said that the City squad will have to adjust to Guardiola’s style of play, which is heavily based on keeping possession of the ball.
“We passed from one era to the next and suddenly there was a different way of playing and a different way of understanding what we were trying to do and how we would go about trying to hurt the opposition,” Iniesta said.
“There was coming out with the ball using the centre backs or with the full backs, then there was the tactic of dropping the holding midfielder between the central defenders. I had never experienced such a definitive style of play.
“We always played a midfield three with one holding player flanked by two more attacking players. I was one of the attacking midfielders and I used to have to come back to receive the ball. But Pep changed that; he told me to be much higher up the pitch to be ready for the next phase of play.”