It may not have looked like it during Manchester City’s sloppy pre-season defeat to Supersport United, but new manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to have them playing like Barcelona.
The Spanish giants are the blueprint for how City will play under the Chilean, according to midfielder Jack Rodwell.
Pellegrini was the brains behind Villarreal’s plucky few seasons in the Uefa Champions League, and won a job as manager at Real Madrid as a result.
He then managed to guide Malaga deep into the Champions League against the odds, but all the while Barcelona were the dominant force in Spanish football.
He has clearly taken the lesson he learned in competing with Barca to the Premier League, and Rodwell says City will now try to emulate certain characteristics of the Blaugrana’s style of play.
"Pellegrini likes us to press high up and press in numbers, to get the ball back as soon as possible and then play simple football,” Rodwell told the British football media from South Africa.
"He wants us to keep the ball until we're in the final third and then see. It's early and he hasn't gone into too much detail - he's gradually drip-feeding us.
"You look at Barcelona and what they do and it works for them so hopefully we'll adapt."