Manchester City are adopting Barcelona’s style of play under their new manager Pep Guardiola, says the Spanish club’s defender Gerard Pique.
Former Barcelona boss Guardiola returns to the city on Wednesday as his new side take on the Catalans in the Champions League.
Guardiola won 14 trophies with Barca between 2008 and 2012, making their ‘tiki-taka’ passing style famous.
“They play like us because Pep was here many years,” said Pique.
Guardiola’s Barcelona side won 14 of the 19 competitions they entered during his four years in charge and became known for their combination of quick, intricate passing and high pressing.
“[City] pressure a lot really high, they try to have the ball and create chances,” added Pique, who was one of Guardiola’s first signings as Barca manager.
“He understands football the same way we do. It will be a really challenging game.”
Premier League leaders City have not won in their past three games, a home draw with Everton in the league on Saturday following a league loss at Tottenham and a draw with Celtic in Europe.
Barcelona enjoy a 100% record in the Champions League this season and hold a two-point advantage over second-placed City in Group C.
Pique to retire from international duty in 2018
The 29-year-old Spaniard reiterated his desire to retire from international football after the 2018 World Cup, revealing he considered quitting after Spain’s failure to progress beyond the group stages at the 2014 World Cup.
The former Manchester United defender, who has won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain, said: “I spoke to people and said I didn’t want to continue.
“Coaches convinced me to change my mind. I didn’t feel motivated, perhaps because I had won so much so young.
“But with [current Barcelona coach] Luis Enrique giving us more and because I felt comfortable in the club and the national team, I realised I had to come back.”
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