Man City captain Kompany says Guardiola views football differently than others

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The defender has praised the 46-year-old's ability to see the game "really fast" and believes the coach remains motivated to continue his success

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes Pep Guardiola sees football better than anyone else.

Kompany has played for Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini during his nine years with the Premier League side.

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But the defender says Guardiola - who found success coaching Barcelona and Bayern Munich before joining City in 2016 - has a vision for the game unlike anything he's seen before.

"It’s very clear to me that his No 1 quality, which is not one you can learn or teach, is that he sees the technical and tactical aspect of a game really fast," Kompany said, according to the Daily Mail.

"There are times in a game when you are trying to figure out what is going on, especially with players you don’t know, and he has this thing where he can break down a game pretty quickly and transmit the message to solve the issue.

"It’s not about genius in that case, it’s about having the skill to put across the message across in a way the team understands it.

"I think that’s why his previous teams have been successful and of course it gets even better with experience. Having a clear delivery in a way people can buy into it."

Guardiola managed one of the greatest sides in history when he was in charge of Barca from 2008-12, before guiding Bayern to three straight Bundesliga titles. 

And Kompany still thinks the 46-year-old remains motivated to continue reaching for greatness with Man City.

"That’s the thing if you love football. It’s difficult to explain but it gets more and more interesting the more you get involved," said Kompany.

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"You are always constantly questioning yourself and trying to figure ways to do it better, trying to achieve perfection which is never possible.

"He has got this drive because he loves the game more than anything and that’s embedded in him."

 

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