Whereas Pep Guardiola waited halfway into his first season before revealing this wrinkle at Bayern, he wasted no time in showcasing this style in the opening match with Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna moving to center midfield in the build up phase.
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The roster Pep Guardiola inherits at City bears little resemblance to the sides he managed at Barcelona and Bayern, beginning with the lack of ball playing center midfielders. If the English game is characterized by directness and a 4-4-2, one could expect his style to be a combination of addressing that physicality and his positional play.