Joey Barton believes Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wouldn’t be as successful a manager if he were given Burnley’s modest transfer budget.
The former QPR midfielder thinks that the Spanish manager wouldn’t be winning 7-2 against the likes of Stoke if he were manager of Burnley, or if he didn’t have the generous funds of Manchester City.
Guardiola recorded an emphatic 7-2 win against the Potters to take themselves top of the table with two points in hand above United, discussion being made of already City to be a shoo-in for this year’s title – but Barton has remained more cynical.
City, always blessed with a generous transfer kitty, have spent close to £220m this summer to reinforce the squad with the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Bernando Silva and Ederson.
The additions have undoubtedly already strengthened the team – Guardiola’s side have already recorded huge 5-0 wins against both Liverpool and Crystal Palace and a hard-fought, well-deserved mastermind of a victory of champions Chelsea.
The City team are a free-scoring side, even without the services of the injured Sergio Aguero, scoring 29 goals in eight matches and conceding four goals.
It seems as if Guardiola has learnt his lesson from his debut season in England last term, which he finished trophyless, where started the season brightly but suffered a dip form towards the Christmas period.
Barton now has issued a warning to not let others be deceived by Guardiola’s apparent genius – as he believes that if he were manager of another team that wasn’t so financially well-endowed, he would not be achieving even an inch of the same success.
“Guardiola is probably the world’s best but give him the Burnley budget and you wouldn’t be seeing any 7-2’s,” the former Clarets player said on Twitter. “Let’s not delude ourselves.”
City, who spent an astronomical £50m fee for ex-Spurs defender Kyle Walker, pale in comparison to Burnley’s spending – who “smashed” their club-record fee to sign striker Chris Wood from Leeds for £15m.
It’s a transfer that has already paid its dividends, as Woods has scored three goals in six Premier League appearances, including the late equaliser against West Ham on Saturday.
There still remains the debate about Guardiola’s skills as a manager having inherited already top-class sides – a Barcelona that included Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta as well as a Bayern side that boasted the likes of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze.
Manchester City remain top of the Premier League with 22 points.