Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has revealed some of the methods Pep Guardiola uses to try to improve the players and team and has praised his manager for his relentless attitude.
The ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss is known for his airy and pedantic approach, sometimes stopping play to take a player into his theoretic land and while Zabaleta admits this can be useful, he says some players find some of the methods boring.
“We watch a lot of videos, and sometimes I know it’s a bit boring for some of the players to be watching videos every day.” he said. “But [it’s good] for the players who love football and enjoy watching [football]...
“I’m talking about 20 minutes of video, or 25 minutes, not an hour or two hours!”
City are on the rise after a bad start of the season with a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. And this, Zabaleta believes, is down to the player’s improved understanding of what Guardiola requires of them.
“He’s always trying to improve the players and to improve the team. He likes to play out from the back and for the player on the ball to have two or three options.
“He likes always to give you solutions and information. The way he prepares for games is just fantastic.”
Guardiola’s rigid and intellectual approach has not always been popular with the players under him as Samuel Eto’o, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Yaya Toure might testify, but despite this the Catalan has racked up a number of trophies from his previous stints with Barcelona and Bayern.
City’s current fine form hints at Guardiola finally finding his feet in English football. The Citizens now lie third in the table as they prepare to face Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.