Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel unimpressed by Pep

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel unimpressed by Pep

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel believes Pep Guardiola will be found wanting in the Premier League ahead of his first Manchester derby, writes Gavin Spillane.

Schmeichel has questioned his ability as a manager, stating the Catalan could struggle with the longevity of top-flight English football.

“The Premier League is a completely different animal to any other in the world. It just goes on and on and on, you feel it never stops, even in March you have 12 games to go, you think will this ever stop?

Guardiola, 45, is a coach held in high regard by many as a result of his success in Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

However, the former ‘keeper believes Guardiola reshaped an ultra-talented Munich side into a “more boring” spectacle during his time in Germany.

“He was okay at Bayern Munich. I have to say he was okay. For me, personally, he changed a really good, entertaining team to be become more boring to watch."

"What he did with Barcelona was fantastic," the Dane, who completed his career with City, told Omnisport. "He was very lucky he had the players at Barcelona but he was clever in what he did.

The 52-year-old also reckons Sir Alex Ferguson had a superior philosophy to the current City boss’.

"Alex Ferguson's first priority was 'we have to be able to score goals'. For most coaches that's the priority - with Pep it's possession. ‘I want to have as much possession as possible’"

"So the philosophy goes to 'I want to have so much possession that at some point we'll score a goal from that, the goals will come from possession' and that's his philosophy”

Guardiola won the Champions League twice with Barcelona along with three league titles and he emulated that domestic feat with Bayern Munich before taking up his post in the Etihad.


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