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Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City this summer will spell danger for the rest of the Premier League.

As City’s dominance for the next three years could already be set in stone even before a ball is kicked.

Pep Guardiola arrival at Manchester City should take the club to the next levelGuardiola’s announcement was probably the biggest signing of Deadline Day, as the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has signed a three year deal with City, which means current boss Manuel Pellegrini will step down this summer.

But it was a deal that had been in the pipeline for some time – but the ramifications are huge for City. Not only have they signed a top coach, they have probably signed one of the best managers in my generation.

What Guardiola has achieved since being a manager has been unbelievable; he turned his club Barcelona into a superpower winning La Liga’s, Champions League’s and Copa del Rey’s in his time. But what was more pertinent was the fact he left a legacy on Barca’s side, the way they play football is very similar to how they play today under Luis Enrique.

And I feel he created the best ever club side to play football – that team he had at Barca was all conquering, nobody could get near them, and it would take someone special to recreate a side such as that in the future.

Then, after taking a sabbatical from the game, Guardiola returned rejuvenated and hungry for more success, but this time he took over German giants Bayern Munich – a side that had just won the treble under Jupp Heynckes. Many thought it would be hard for Guardiola to come into a new league and replicate the kind of success he had an Barcelona – but if you look at Bayern now you can see how he has once again turned Bayern into a great of European football.

Some of the football Bayern have played under his tutelage has been memorising. They have won the Bundesliga, but one thing that has been elusive for Guardiola has been the Champions League, but if you look at them this year it will be hard to bet against them winning it.

But, what will Pep Guardiola bring to the Premier League? If you have read a book by Marti Perarnau titled ‘Pep Confidential’ you will see that Guardiola is meticulous in everything he does.

That level of planning is what has worked so well for the Spaniard so far in his career and now with the deal set in stone Guardiola will have to use that careful planning to help take City to the next level. The squad Guardiola will inherit is already a world-class squad; players such as Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, and Joe Hart are all at the peak of their powers.

And then take into consideration the young talents such as Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho then Guardiola certainly has the recipe for success at the Etihad Stadium.

It will be interesting to see just how far Guardiola could take City in his three years at the club; my guessing is that in those three years they will have their first Champion League – that’s how good Guardiola is.

And people will say he will find it hard to adapt to the Premier League, but he adapted to the Bundesliga well, and Bayern have dominated that league since he has been at the helm.

Finally, Guardiola’s arrival is brilliant for English football; City being able to lure arguably the best manager of this generation is a real coup, and mark my words City will be a superpower in both English and European football now the Spaniard has taken over.

Originally published at madaboutepl.com

Post written by Michael Stokoe, Twitter: @michael_stokoe
for Mad About EPL, Blog: Mad About EPL, Twitter: @MadAboutEPL

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