Thierry Henry has backed his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola to continue to dominate the Premier League for next season with his stylish football at Manchester City
The Catalan had come under criticism for City’s lack of silverware last season in what was his first campaign in charge at the Etihad Stadium, which had seen the Sky Blues finish in third place in the Premier League and 15 points behind winners Chelsea.
But with the experience of a full season in charge in English football, Guardiola bounced backed with a stellar campaign for City with the club having now sealed a domestic double after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham confirmed them as this season’s Premier League champions with five games remaining.
Henry, who played under Guardiola at the Nou Camp from 2008 to 2010, has praised his former coach for sticking to his principles and believes that Guardiola can continue the dominance he has enjoyed at City this season for next season.
“There is no right or wrong in football, because it has been proven you can win the league and cups in many different ways.” said Henry, according to Sky Sports.
“This way is the way I like to see the game played, and I’m not surprised at what Pep has done in this league.
“I was one of the people who said stop having a go at Pep, because that’s how he plays. And why can’t he dominate this league playing the way he plays?”
The former Arsenal striker believes that it was down to Guardiola’s unique sense of attacking football this season that ultimately proved to be the key point behind their dominant campaign in the league.
“The ball travels with Manchester City. The ball is always faster than anyone else. Stay in your position, and you have a plan.” continued the 40 year-old.
“You can, therefore, stop the counter-attack if you lose the ball, or you can facilitate one at the other end. It’s another way of playing the game. Play simple, be direct at times, and run in behind.
“It’s how they’ve won it, especially when people were saying they cannot do it this way.”