Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has credited former boss Pep Guardiola for making him the player he is today
The Austria international is just another one of the many players that the Catalan coach has been accredited for their improvements and, judging on the drastic improvement at Manchester City in the past two years, he will not be the last either.
Guardiola took charge of the Citizens in 2016 and, after a difficult first season, he led them to a truly dominant Premier League title that saw City break nine records in the process.
Kevin De Bruyne, who had struggled under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, flourished with Guardiola and Alaba was full of praise for his former coach.
He told AS: “First of all, he meant a lot to me,”
“He took me to another level. Under him, I knew I could play a lot of positions. He is one of the best coaches in the world, if not maybe the best from what I have seen. He bought a new style, not only in our team.
“We learned a lot about football and the style we played was great. We didn’t win the Champions League but we were very unlucky in that period. But the style we played was great.”
Guardiola’s success in England is of no surprise.
“He’s doing a great job, winning the title in England in a really good way,” he continued.
“You can see the work that he’s done over there.”
Guardiola won three straight Bundesliga titles and the DFB-Pokal twice in his three seasons in charge of Bayern.