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