Man City players will be given a kick up the arse, warns Pep

Date published: Monday 4th July 2016 8:40

Pep Guardiola: Manager was unveiled to supporters

Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City’s squad he will “kick their arse” to ensure they adapt to his style.

Guardiola was unveiled to supporters at the club’s academy on Sunday, where his appointment was billed as “the next phase of Manchester City’s history”.

The Spaniard, who left Bayern Munich to replace Manuel Pellegrini, was greeted by applause after offering an insight into his methods.

“First I have to meet the players and know them – not from TV – and speak with them, hug them and kick their arse,” he said.

“Every manager in the world wants to improve their players that is how to improve the team. I work like all managers. I have my point of view and how I want to see my team play but I need time. In the world we don’t have time so we will try to create a good team as soon as possible.

“Our body language at first is the most important thing and then the rest will come along. Play good. After one game win another one. Team spirit and playing good and then winning the first game and the next one.”

Guardiola has already started to make his mark on City’s squad, having signed Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund and Nolito from Celta Vigo.

Further signings are expected to follow, while there are doubts over the futures of the likes of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure.

Guardiola sold Toure while in charge of Barcelona, but the 45-year-old suggests he will give the players a chance to prove their worth.

“I know the players. I played against Manchester City many times and I know their quality, but they have to show me again. The past is the past. People do not come here to remember what we did but to try again,” he added.

“My tactics adapt to the quality of my players. I can’t demand what they can not give me. It is not possible. I can not talk about how my players or how we will play if I do not feel it.”

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