Pedro: Pep could struggle in Premier League

Date published: Friday 10th June 2016 1:27

Chelsea winger Pedro expects his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to struggle in the Premier League because of his belief in “elaborate football”.

The Spaniard, who won three La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies with Guardiola at Barcelona, is sceptical about an English side like Manchester City adapting to Guardiola’s philosophy.

“Although we know he is a great coach, Pep is not going to have it easy,” Pedro told Marca. “It’s a difficult league, complicated. I don’t think he will be able to express his football.

“He is faithful to his ideas and he can convince his players to change the philosophy of direct play by playing more elaborate football. We shall see how his first year goes.”

Pedro had no such doubts about new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, saying: “One thing is certain, he will bring a lot of intensity.

“It’s going to be a very strong team and consistent at the back. He has a lot of character and very clear ideas.”

There will also be a new face in the dug-out at Chelsea, with Pedro saying: “Conte is a coach that works a lot from a tactical level and demands a lot from his players. He will be good for us. We will need to show more hunger and ambition for Chelsea to return to where it deserves.”


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