Pep Guardiola's father says he will 'change the mindset' of English football

Valenti Guardiola is backing his son to make a big impact at Manchester City, and beyond

BY Adrian Collins 08:05 Tuesday 2 February 2016, 8:05 2 Feb 2016

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Speaking to the BBC, Guardiola's father backed his son to change the way that football is thought of in England as he gets set to take charge of Manchester City.

The Bayern Munich boss, who was announced as the successor to the departing Manuel Pellegrini on Monday, will take over the reigns at the Manchester club in the summer. 

One man who's backing him to succeed is his father, Valenti Guardiola, who said "He will look to carry on the football of his Barcelona and Bayern teams". 

Guardiola added his son believes that football is an art form, and the most important thing is not simply winning, but "to win in a distinctive way that entertains the public".

"The style of football I see in England, I doubt he has that in mind, I mean, the football is very different. For that reason, I think he will have to change the mindset of English football". 

The elder Guardiola also told fans of Manchester City that "they can expect to see someone with great humanity. They will be very happy because he has never disrespected anyone, he is very well-mannered and polite. To use a Catalan expression, 'he wont be taking anyone for a ride'". 



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