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Erik Ten Hag identifies Pep Guardiola’s ‘only mistake’ at Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola during Champions League match

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Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag thinks Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has only made one mistake in his career. However, Ten Hag, who worked with Guardiola during his time at Bayern Munich, says the Catalan specialist is the best manager in the world.

Ten Hag insists that Guardopla’s only mistake in his career came at Manchester City during his first year. According to Ten Hag, Guardiola underestimated the Premier League.

“Only once in his career has Pep made a mistake – in his first year at ­Manchester City when he completely ­underestimated the power and speed of the Premier League,” Ten Hag told Voetbal International.

“He realised that you can’t play the kind of football he loves without ­having a couple of physically strong athletes – and so he brought them in. So he’s not a stubborn coach. Yes, he is stubborn in his ­philosophy, but not in the ­execution. And that makes him the best.

“Nobody will ever forget ­Guardiola. He has won so many trophies for a start – but it is mainly about how his teams play. Guardiola only wants to win games with beautiful football, just like his teacher Johan Cruyff. And what makes him stand out is that he is proving his quality as a top coach in Spain, Germany and now England. He has adapted to the culture in every country.”

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