Thierry Henry backs Pep Guardiola to succeed at Manchester City

Thierry Henry backs Pep Guardiola to succeed at Manchester City
France's ex player Thierry Henry is honoured before the game

France’s ex player Thierry Henry

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes Manchester City will have a great chance to win the Champions League with Pep Guardiola at the helm.
City yesterday confirmed Bayern Munich boss Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

The retired Henry played at Barcelona under Guardiola, who steered the Catalans to 14 trophies in a four-year spell at Camp Nou.

“People always said it was an easy job at Barcelona, it wasn’t an easy job at Barcelona, trust me,” Henry told Sky Sports News HQ.

“After my first season [the season before Guardiola took charge], it was very difficult, the fans were really unhappy because we did not win everything.

“But he was from there and people were patient with him. But I can assure you that what he brought was outstanding. Now to compare the two teams – he is going to come to a team that can play already with players that have won stuff with experience.

“So it’s pretty similar. The thing that I hope he can do if Man City does not win the Champions League this year, I think in the three years they will be very close to winning it.”

Henry added: “At my time at Barca, he put on the field through the ranks of the youth team the likes of Pedro and [Sergio] Busquets. Bojan was already there, also Jeffren – and I am not going to name all of them as it is a long list.

“He did the same with Bayern Munich and I would like to think that obviously he is going to bring some big names, because he has the resources.

“But he is not scared of bringing young talent through, whether they are in the academy or young talent in Europe that will not be a big deal of money, like Kingsley Coman, who is now at Bayern Munich.”

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