Pep Guardiola has challenged Klopp, Mourinho and Pochettino, says Phil Neville

Pep Guardiola has challenged Klopp, Mourinho and Pochettino, says Phil Neville

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has forced the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho to improve this season, according to Phil Neville.

Following a rather below-par first season in English football – judging by his high standards – the Spaniard has overseen a strong start to the current campaign across all competitions following a overhaul of the squad in the summer.

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Kyle Walker, Danilo and Benjamin Mendy were signed to improve the full-back positions, Ederson has been recruited following Claudio Bravo’s struggles last year, while Bernardo Silva has increased the number of quality of attacking options.

As a result, City have recorded impressive wins over Liverpool as well as Chelsea and Neville admits he’s been impressed with the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss.

“I have watched and studied his teams over the last few seasons and he sets his team up to score three or four goals every game,” the ex-Man Utd defender said on the Premier League TV’s Premier League Today programme

“He likes to dominate the opposition, outnumber the opposition in midfield, he likes to win the ball in the final third and push eight, nine players in the final third.

“He takes risks and gambles to win games and when it is tight he wants to score two or three more goals.

“He has been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League because what I think he has done is challenge the Klopps, the Pochettinos and the Jose Mourinhos to up their games as well.

“That what you get when you get the best in the world to come to your league, it improves the rest around you.”

Heading into the international break level on points with local rivals Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table, City have arguably been the most exciting team to watch in the top flight of English football thus far.

They’ve scored more goals (22), taken more shots (135), completed more passes (4,063), enjoyed a higher possession (89%), created more chances (101), than any side across the entire division and have the joint-best defensive record.