Pep Guardiola congratulates ‘top class’ Erik ten Hag on landing manager’s job at rivals Man United as Man City boss heaps praise on his former Bayern Munich colleague, insisting his teams ‘are a joy to watch’
- Erik ten Hag coached Bayern Munich’s reserve side before joining Utrecht
- The Dutchman has been confirmed as Manchester United’s new manager
- The Manchester City boss says ten Hag’s teams are a joy to watch
- Kyle Walker is nearing a return for City while John Stones could be a doubt
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has congratulated his former Bayern Munich colleague Erik ten Hag following the Dutchman’s appointment as Manchester United manager.
After months of speculation, ten Hag’s appointment as United boss was confirmed on a three-year deal on Thursday.
Speaking ahead of his side’s crucial home game against relegation-bound Watford, Guardiola paid tribute to his former colleague and said his teams were a ‘joy’ to watch.
Erik ten Hag was confirmed as Manchester United’s new boss on Thursday
‘Congratulations to Erik and I wish him all the best,’ he said.
‘He is a top-class manager and his teams are a joy to watch. Watch his Ajax team and you see his qualities.’
Meanwhile, ahead of a crucial run in that will decide the destination of the title with only one point separating the top two, Guardiola delivered some positive news on the injury front.
Erik ten Hag was Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich II understudy during his time in Germany
Kyle Walker, who was forced off against Atletico Madrid earlier in April, was nearing a return to action with his ankle injury not having proved as damaging as first feared.
‘He is getting better. Tomorrow we will see,’ he said.
However, Guardiola added that there are doubts surrounding the fitness of John Stones.
‘A niggle [Stones],’ he said. ‘Little problems, like Nathan [Ake] today we make an assessment, tomorrow we [will] decide.’
Pep Guardiola has enjoyed consistent success at Old Trafford since arriving in England
Paying tribute to his opposition manager, Guardiola credited Roy Hodgson with producing sides that City always find difficult to ‘break…down’ and do ‘good games [against]’.
He said: ‘Roy Hodgson is an incredibly experienced manager, when at [Crystal] Palace we always struggled to break them down and do good games.’
‘When you analyse Watford they have their quality and physicality, we have to be ourselves and try to get another three points,’ he added.
The Manchester City coach paid tribute to the ‘experienced’ Roy Hodgson (pictured)
Guardiola went on to declare how important every game is now for almost every club, saying there are ‘maybe’ only ‘three, four or five’ teams who no longer have anything to play for.
‘Maybe [except for], three, four or five teams iun the middle of the table everyone is playing for some targets, to win the Premier League, qualify for the Champions League or fight relegation, every game is important,’ he said.