BAYERN Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has hailed the ‘natural talent’ of Pep Guardiola after making such a significant impact on Manchester City in a short amount of time. Guardiola has won his first ten games in charge of City, which has allowed them to sit four points clear at the top of the Premier League table already. Alonso has first-hand experience of working with the Spaniard having played under him at Bayern, and he believes City are reaping instant
rewards after appointing him in the summer. ‘Pep has a natural talent to understand football and to then transform that understanding on to his players,’ Alonso told Marca. ‘He likes to have the ball and for his players to show courage and you can just feel this. ‘What he has done at Manchester City over the past two months is amazing. The desire his players have to prove themselves to the fans and the coach is the result of Pep’s work. He is very demanding and methodical.’

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