Pep Guardiola Breaks Training Ground Tradition To Prepare His Team For Leeds United Fixture
Guardiola's City face Marcelo Bielsa's all-action Leeds side in a fascinating battle at Elland Road.
Last season's Championship winners have enjoyed a brilliant start to the new season, beating Fulham and Sheffield United.
Bielsa's team have showed off their trademark intensity with Guardiola upping the ante ahead of their showdown today.
According to Sam Lee, the Blues did a double training session on Friday to prepare themselves for Leeds.
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A first under the Spaniard's reign as City manager.
City did a double training session yesterday for (I think) the first time ever under Guardiola. Perhaps a sign that things aren't working as they should, but it certainly shows the huge respect Guardiola has for Bielsa's teams.
Here's why, w/ @PhilHay_ https://t.co/DA5QqFuc50
- Sam Lee (@SamLee) October 3, 2020
In the pre-match press conference, Guardiola spoke glowingly about the Argentine gaffer.
The ex-Barcelona coach says 'El Loco' is the person he admires the most in world football.
"He is probably the person I admire the most in world football - as a manager and as a person," he said.
"I think he is the most authentic manager all the time. In terms of how he conducts his teams, he is unique.
"Nobody can imitate him, it's impossible, especially his behaviour as a person off the pitch and related to the media.
"I was fortunate sometimes. I don't see him quite as much - now, when I get the pleasure to spend time with him, it's always inspirational for me.
"The value of the manager does not depend on how many titles he has won. My teams have won more titles than him but in terms of knowledge of the game, I am still below him.
"His teams are always a joy to watch; how honest they are, they always want to attack and produce good football for the spectators."
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