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Guardiola will get it right at Manchester City – Dante

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 31 Jan 2017

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Pep Guardiola will have Manchester City playing exactly how he wants next season, according to Nice defender Dante.

Guardiola endured the longest winless run of his managerial career early in his time at City, failing to win six successive matches from September 28 to October 26.

The Spaniard’s side have struggled for consistency since, with a 4-0 loss at Everton followed by a two-goal capitulation against Tottenham and leading to questions over the team’s direction.

City have suffered defeats to title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool and sit 10 points adrift of Antonio Conte’s Premier League leaders in fifth position.

Dante spent two seasons playing under Guardiola at Bayern Munich, winning a pair of Bundesliga titles, and he is confident his former boss will find the right formula in time.

He told Omnisport: “The first year can be difficult, because the leagues are so different. In Spain the competition is between three teams, in Germany it’s usually between two, but in England there are six teams, so it is different.

“Pep is a coach who works with 100 per cent commitment to his philosophy, so players need to understand his philosophy 100 per cent, and of course, in England, the way they play is a bit harder and very athletic.

“Perhaps in the first year he is feeling it is difficult, but when the players adapt to his philosophy, to the way he thinks, they will progress.

“Next year, things will happen like he wants them to.”

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