Pep Guardiola has admitted that the English league is very different, and he has struggled to get his team to play the way he wants due to the playing style of other teams.
“I try to play in one way all my career and here, for example with high pressing, when they have the ball we go to pick them up, it is not allowed, because it is not allowed. Many times the ball is more in the air than the grass, and I have to adapt,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“I was in Munich and spoke with Xabi Alonso, and he said: ‘You have to adapt, it’s the second ball, the second ball!’ But really, you have to adapt to the second ball, and the third ball, and the fourth!
“I never before was focused on that, because in Barcelona or in Spain, more or less the players try to play for the culture.”
He then revealed that it was different in Germany, but English teams are more direct and physical, apart from Chelsea who try to play good football and build the attack from the back.
“In Germany it was more physical, but not like here. Here it is all the teams, except maybe Chelsea because Antonio [Conte] is playing really well and having them build up, but the other teams are taller, stronger, physical, and you have to adapt and build from that.” Said the Manchester City manager.