Football fans from all over the world are counting down the days until Pep Guardiola takes over as coach at Manchester City.
The current Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss agreed to become the Citizens’ next coach earlier this year, replacing Manuel Pellegrini on the bench.
The Spaniard’s move to the English top flight comes with great expectations, as he’s gained much success in Germany and Spain. However, Manchester United legend Alex Ferguson has now come out to warn Guardiola.
“Man City have made a real coup in getting him but Pep won’t find it easy. English football is not easy,” Sir Alex told Sky Sports.
“Every foreign coach that has come to England will tell you that. Arsene Wenger was talking about that a few months after coming and even Jose Mourinho was.
“Pep will be a success but I don’t think he’ll ever replicate what he did at Barcelona because that was a high standard. They were the best.”
The competitiveness of the Premier League will present a new challenge for Guardiola. When he was at Barcelona, Real Madrid were the only realistic title challengers, while Bayern’s dominance in the Bundesliga has continued during his spell in Bavaria.
The Citizens are currently ranked just fourth in the Premier League, 15 points down from league leaders Leicester City and in danger of losing out on the Champions League places.
In any case, City’s squad is primed for an overhaul due to Guardiola’s expected arrival. Yaya Toure is said to be in talks with a bunch of European top clubs, while the Citizens are fighting to sign the likes of Paul Pogba, Ilkay Gundogan, Toni Kroos, and Aymeric Laporte.