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Pep Guardiola's Philosophy At Manchester City Is Being Applied At U12 Level

Pep Guardiola's Philosophy At Manchester City Is Being Applied At U12 Level

Pep Guardiola has come in and transformed the landscape of English football since taking over at Manchester City.

Brave in possession and clinical in the final third, his philosophy has well and truly given his team an edge over their opponents, with last season's domestic treble proof of that fact.

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But it isn't just the first team who are applying his winning formula.

Since taking over in 2016, Manchester City under 12's have dominated opposition at youth level, as they follow in the footsteps of first team players.

Buildup play from the back against a high press is a regular feature, as well as a clinical edge in front of goal.

Just check out the following footage from a game against Borussia Dortmund, where they play out from the back and take risks to open up the game.

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Guardiola's blueprint is a driving force at this club, even at youth level.

The Spaniard's relentless pursuit of excellence was perfectly epitomised in his post-match lecture with Raheem Sterling at the end of last season.

The England international scored a brace in City's 6-0 victory over Watford in the FA Cup final.

But despite his goal-scoring heroics, the player was lectured by Guardiola.

"Raheem is one of the reasons we have done what we have done, but in the first half he did not play well. He lost easy balls." Guardiola said about Sterling.

"Everybody can improve, I'm the first one who can, I ask staff to push me."

Is Pep Guardiola the best manager in world football?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Manchester City, Academy, Football News, Football, Pep Guardiola, Skills

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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