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cen­tre­backs. I couldn’t play here be­cause I’m too small.

“Guardi­ola wants to start play­ing from the back with in­tel­li­gent play from the goal­keeper.

“It doesn’t mean he won’t play long like against Manch­ester United when they scored a goal with three touches, but it’s the whole style. He is based on ball pos­ses­sion and play­ing from the back.”

Puyol, who was in Lon­don to help launch the Star Sixes, a na­tional six-a-side tour­na­ment for for­mer greats, also reck­ons Guardi­ola’s style is al­ready ob­vi­ous at the Eti­had.

“I have seen his in­flu­ence on the team very quickly. He is do­ing very well, he has very clear ideas which he tries to trans­mit to the play­ers,” he said

“He is the best coach I ever worked with and I’m pleased to see him in Eng­land. He puts a lot of pres­sure on the play­ers but the play­ers feel free un­der Guardi­ola.

“It’s tough but I un­der­stand football like that, I en­joy it. It doesn’t seem tough. There are a lot of coaches worse than him.”

Guardi­ola shelled out vast amounts of cash to lure top young­sters to the Eti­had dur­ing the sum­mer. But he is re­port­edly keep­ing tabs on France winger Kings­ley Co­man at his for­mer club Bay­ern Mu­nich.

The City chief paid over £115 mil­lion (RM610m) for young quar­tet John Stones, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Je­sus and Mar­los Moreno.

And he is now look­ing to add an­other ex­cit­ing tal­ent to his ranks in the form of Co­man, ac­cord­ing to Cal­cio Mer­cato.

Guardi­ola worked with the 20year-old at Bay­ern be­fore the Span­ish boss left for the Pre­mier League over the sum­mer.

The player made the most rapid ad­vance of his ca­reer un­der Guardi­ola, but since the man­ager left for City his progress has stalled.

Co­man is cur­rently in the mid­dle on a two-year loan at the Al­lianz Arena from Ju­ven­tus with Bay­ern hav­ing the obli­ga­tion to buy him at the end of this sea­son.

But it is said that new Bay­ern boss Carlo Ancelotti is un­con­vinced by the French­man and could off­load him in Jan­uary.

Ital­ian out­let Cal­cio Mer­cato re­port that Co­man is at­tract­ing in­ter­est from City and that even Juve are now con­sid­er­ing buy­ing him back. – Reuters/Daily Star

Petronas Mercedes For­mula One driver Lewis Hamil­ton of Bri­tain (cen­tre, front) records video footage us­ing his smart­phone dur­ing a joint press con­fer­ence with (from left to right) Fer­rari’s Fin­nish driver Kimi Raikko­nen, Re­nault Sport F1 Team’s Bri­tish driver Jolyon Palmer, and McLaren Honda’s Span­ish driver Fer­nando Alonso ahead of Sun­day’s For­mula One Ja­panese Grand Prix in Suzuka. – AFPPIX

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