Former Guardiola pupil claims old club are better off with ex-Chelsea boss

Former Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia has revealed that he was not impressed by Pep Guardiola’s man-management, and questions why Juventus would get him to replace Maurizio Sarri.

Benatia spent two seasons working under Guardiola in Munich, before the former Barcelona coach left for Manchester City and the player himself also moved on to Juventus.

And the Moroccan defender has denied that it would be worth the Italians ditching ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri in favour of Guardiola, despite no-one being able to better him for tactics.

“He is tactically the best coach in the world, I don’t see one better than him,” Benatia – who currently plays for Al Duhail in Qatar having turned down a Premier League move last January – told Goal.

“But I did not like him very much in [terms of] the relationship with the players, from this point of view he did not impress me.

“He could certainly be the right profile for Juve, but, in my opinion, Sarri has an excellent idea of football.

“This year, perhaps, has been a bit more complicated for Juve, but change always requires patience. And we must not forget that we are talking about a team still in the running to win everything.

“So, the work overseen so far has been good. And I don’t think it’s fair to talk about other coaches right now, the Bianconeri have a good one.”

Guardiola will only have one year left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium by the summer.