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Guardiola vs Allardyce is the ultimate clash of footballing styles and philosophies but that's not to say the Catalan doesn't have respect for the way in which the well-travelled manager has steered so many teams away from relegation.
Speaking in his press conference today, Guardiola said: "Sam Allardyce is a genius to take these teams, when everybody believes it's over, and get results.
"When it happens once, twice or three times you can say, 'OK it's lucky", but it's not the case because he has done it I don't know many times.
"The results give you an incredible boost, an incredible confidence. What is first - do results make you play good, or do you play good if you get results?
"I think both are connected but we are just at the end of January, so it is just West Brom, trying to analyse them and make a good game to get another victory."
Pep Guardiola has labelled Sam Allardyce a 'genius' for his ability to steer clubs away from relegation pic.twitter.com/gAA07EWiHf
- Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) January 25, 2021
:speaking_head: "Sam Allardyce is a genius."
Pep Guardiola gives Big Sam a massive compliment ahead of their game tomorrow night pic.twitter.com/2gUApS3V0w
- Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 25, 2021
Allardyce was appointed as West Brom manager following the sack of Slaven Bilic, who was incidentally dismissed after leading the Baggies to a 1-1 draw against City in December.
The former Bolton, West Ham, Sunderland, Everton and Crystal Palace boss secured a draw away at Liverpool in his second game in charge but it took him until his sixth match at the helm to pick up a first victory when the side beat Wolves 3-2 in the Black Country at Molineux.
West Brom are currently in 19th place with 11 points, six points behind 17th-placed Brighton.
City can move to top of the table for at least a day if they continue their impressive winning run at the Hawthorns tomorrow.
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