Rio Ferdinand has declared that Pep Guardiola is a genius of football.
Former Manchester United man has emerged as a huge fan of Guardiola who manages cross-town rivals Manchester City.
Manchester City had started wining before Pep Guardiola arrived on the scene.
But the Spaniard’s input to the City project meant they are now not only winning but doing so in style.
Since 2016, City has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League cups.
But perhaps what is most impressive, is the quality, style, and appeal of the football Guardiola has the Blues Playing.
Ferdinand was talking on BT Sport, as was former City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
“He’s got that competitive edge, he’s a genius sitting there.”
“He’s an innovator, he’s changed the way we see football.”
“You talk about goalkeepers coming in and being part of the team, not being detached and just being a goalkeeper and being part of the back four.”
“That’s down to him.”
It’s not just goalkeepers though, there’s even more craziness.
“Full-backs playing inside the field now more than ever, it’s crazy some of the stuff he does.”
“Sometimes you think, is it boredom?”
“Was he just bored of winning the way he was before? ”
Joe Hart, says Guardiola has high expectations, and if you can’t meet them, you are out.
“He’s demanding, and his demands have to be met, otherwise you’re out.”
“That power isn’t there at a lot of teams if the manager is not thought of that highly.”
“Other places you’d just wait for the sack, but with him, it’s you that’ll go.”
There is no doubting his track record, and the teams he has produced, playing the most exquisite football.
Perhaps Ferdinand is thinking where would his beloved Manchester United be right now if Sir Alex had picked Pep instead of Moyes.