Xavi: Pep Guardiola “can change the mentality of English football”

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Spanish midfielder Xavi, who played for current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola from 2008-2012 at Barcelona, had high praise for his former manager telling BBC Football World he thinks Guardiola could bring about a revolution in England.

“If there is one person who can change the mentality of English players, of English football, it’s Pep Guardiola. He is one of the best coaches. He could do a big revolution.”

Although his tenure at Manchester City is only in its early stages, Xavi sees a change in style from the club that reflects the possession style Guardiola made famous in Spain.

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“If you see the games of Manchester City you can see his style,” Xavi said.”He’s so passionate for his style. He believes a lot in that.”

Guardiola’s first Premier League campaign has gotten off to a strong start as his team currently sits at the top of the league with 18 points.

Guardiola’s arrival in England has been just a part of the large turnover of managers in the Premier League. In the last year, German Jurgen Klopp and Italian Antonio Conte were given their first Premier League jobs at Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.

Earlier this month Bob Bradley was named the manager at Swansea City and is set to become the first American to manage in the Premier League.

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With new managers from different countries coming into the Premier League the styles of these clubs have and will change. That transformation has come for Klopp’s Liverpool and Guardiola’s Manchester City and will be seen in Conte’s Chelsea and Bradley’s Swansea.

The question is: Could any of these managers cause a league-wide revolution in England?

There are many factors to look at when talking about a revolution. It’s not likely that Bradley could affect the league at a club the size of Swansea, but for the larger clubs in the league, if a style change is successful, it could carry over to other teams.

Although something as large as a league revolution would not happen quickly, the prospects of a change in England will be interesting to consider in the coming years as teams in the Premier League adopt different styles and mentalities.