Arsenal will face Manchester City tomorrow in their Premier League journey, and the Gunners manager Unai Emery believes his long-time rival Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world right now. These two legendary managers first clashed in the 2008-09 season when Emery took charge of Valencia and Guardiola was spending his time at Barcelona.
In their last two face-offs, Arsenal only managed to get a single point against Manchester City. Besides, Emery also has a winless track record against Pep Guardiola till now. However, Arsenal now has high hopes as they will travel to Etihad Stadium this Sunday to break that streak. But ahead of their clash, the Gunners manager strongly admitted that it is hard to find a better coach than Guardiola.
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While talking about the Manchester City manager, Chelsea boss Unai Emery said “I have analyzed a lot of teams and coaches and I think it’s difficult to find one coach who is better than Guardiola,” and then added “His career is a very big career. We started together. He started with the Barcelona second team, I started with Lorca and Almeria.”
He said “I learned a lot looking at his team — it’s good to look at each other when we are coaches to learn different things between us. I think in his career he’s doing the best in all the coaches in the world.” The manager then also added, “He has had the possibility to take the best players at Barcelona, in Bayern and in City, little by little.”
Unai Emery said “He is, every year, improving with great players and also paying a lot for some players. But he led them, at Barcelona, Bayern, and City, one step more every place.” The Arsenal manager then gave his verdict about his Manchester City counterpart and said: “This, for me, is the quality that makes me say he is the best.”
He said “I remember three years ago, Liverpool were playing in the final of the Europa League [against his Sevilla side], they were in the top four in the Premier League, and their progress is very, very good progress and now they are the favorites,” and then added “Maybe Manchester City is a different example, because they bought a very important lot, with paying a lot and maybe we can’t do that now like that.”