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Messi-less Man City will play same way as Barcelona under Guardiola - Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti is supremely confident that Pep Guardiola will take his customary playing style with him to Manchester City.

The Spanish tactician takes the reins at the Etihad Stadium this summer and the man who will replace at Bayern Munich believes the Premier League club will follow in the footsteps of Barcelona and the Bundesliga giants, even if they have no Lionel Messi.

"Every manager brings his style, his methodology and Guardiola will do the same," he said of Guardiola who won three Bundesliga titles and two German Cups in his three seasons at the Allianz Arena.

"When Guardiola left Barcelona, people said, 'Ah he is not able to repeat the same style of play at Bayern Munich because he doesn't have Messi.'

"But by the end Bayern were playing with the same style as Barcelona.

"Different players, but the style is there.

"It will be the same at Manchester City.

"They will play with possession and control of the game.

"Guardiola for this reason is a fantastic manager because he is able to build a really strong identity of his team.

"I think Manchester City signed Guardiola for this reason, to establish a new identity, a new style, a new culture.

"At the end Manchester City is a young team, it is not a team with the tradition of Manchester United or Arsenal."

Andrew Slevison
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