Guardiola can get Manchester City to the level of his Barcelona team – De Boer

Guardiola can get Manchester City to the level of his Barcelona team – De Boer

Ronald de Boer believes Manchester City under Pep Guardiola are going to be so entertaining next season that supporters will be afraid to visit the bathroom in case they’ll miss something special.

The 46-year-old Spanish tactician arrived at the Etihad last summer after enjoying unprecedented success as both his former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich but in his first campaign at City he ended up trophyless and on occasions witnessed his team play lacklustre football.

However, things will be different next time around suggests Guardiola’s ex-Barcelona teammate De Boer who feels the City boss has the wherewithal to make the Manchester-based team reminiscent of his great Barcelona side who the Dutchman described as playing unmissable football.

“He will improve ­Manchester City next season, ­without doubt,” he said, as reported by the Daily Mirror.

“I say this because he’s the best ­manager. He changes games. He makes teams play. People in the street look at his teams and think, ‘Wow, OK, I want to see this!’.

“At Barcelona, you were almost afraid to go to the ­toilet. You knew that, if you did, there was the possibility of missing something special. He can get Manchester City to that level,” he added.

“Fans will come to the stadium because they will see something happen. The result may not always be great, but they know the players will be playing ­attractively. They will do everything in their power to win games.

“They might concede, but the ­supporters will enjoy watching them so much. And, yes, they will do better next season.”

Finishing the 2016/17 season potless was something Guardiola hadn’t previously experienced.

City ended their Premier League campaign in third place, 15 points behind champions Chelsea, whilst registering 80 goals a feat only bettered by the sides above them Tottenham Hotspur (86) and the Blues (85).

Guardiola also failed to reach the final four of the Champions League for the first time ever with their European Cup hopes dashed by a energetic Monaco side in the round of 16.

On the domestic cup front, they were eliminated from the EFL Cup by neighbours Manchester United in the round of 16 and by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals, both of those sides would go on to win the respective tournaments.