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'Pep Has Influenced This England Team!'

'Pep Guardiola Has Influenced This England Team!'

By Kurt Buckerfield - Jul 09, 2018 11:28 AM @KurtLaduma

A former England international believes that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola deserves credit for how the Three Lions are doing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Gareth Southgate’s England will take on Croatia in the semi-final of the World Cup on Wednesday, after their 2-0 win over Sweden in the quarter-final on Saturday.

Paul Scholes, who made 66 appearances for England, feels that City manager Guardiola has influenced how the English national team plays, and specifically pointed out how they play out from defence.  

"Gareth Southgate went to see Pep and wanted to know how that kind of football is produced," Scholes said on beIN Sports.

"Guardiola has definitely been an influence for the national team, you just have to see the way the three centre-backs play and the way our goalkeeper plays.

"As an England fan and a former England player, we want to see the best football possible.

"Spain played the best football, Manchester City played the best football, why not try to copy that kind of game?"

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In 2010, Spain won the World Cup when Guardiola managed FC Barcelona, while four years later Germany lifted the trophy while the Spaniard was in charge of Bayern Munich.

Do you think England can win the 2018 World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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RealManUchiefz Joined: 11 Jun 2017
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RealManUchiefz Jul 10, 2018 08:18 AM
2008 Spain were crowned continental champs im not sure if pep was barca coach then but spain always had great players even before the prblm was the rivalry of madrid and barca had impact on the national team hance they never played as a team tht madala Del.. What what deserve a lot of credit and yes i agree wth scholes when it comes to spain and germany but i see a very week england in russia mybe in Qatar they will be strong and man city should buy more english plyrs to ply for them under pep then they will have a guud chance but for now i dont see anything
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Pirates_999 Joined: 08 Nov 2017
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Pirates_999 Jul 10, 2018 08:06 AM
I'm not Pep Store fan but he deserve the credit every where he goes the National team plays good football. He must come to Pirates we want Bafana to perform well
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Jul 10, 2018 12:58 AM
3goats are talking 4much because they are in the samis
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Pep G junior Joined: 26 Dec 2017
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Pep G junior Jul 09, 2018 06:06 PM
A bit yes but not yet there. Obvious south gate copied PG system but it is scrappy
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connaissance09 Joined: 21 Feb 2013
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connaissance09 Jul 09, 2018 12:59 PM
@Mpho wa Cosmos get to know football bro. germany never played long balls in 2014. which games were you watching. Pep is having a huge influence wherever he goes. deal with it's. it not a coincidence that spain won the world cup when he was at barca, then he moved to Germany, Germany won the world cup changing their well know traditional style and adopting bayern's. then he moves to many city, all over the sudden, englan is in the semis playing different style to what we have known them for.
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connaissance09 Joined: 21 Feb 2013
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connaissance09 Jul 09, 2018 12:54 PM
"Gareth Southgate went to see Pep and wanted to know how that kind of football is produced," need I say more
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Mpho wa Cosmos Joined: 24 Mar 2018
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Mpho wa Cosmos Jul 09, 2018 12:13 PM
@Mgqibelo true because you can consult and fail so South is doing great. Germany was playing direct and not Pep style in 2014. Spain had the best players in 2010
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kzorog Joined: 13 Jan 2017
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kzorog Jul 09, 2018 11:43 AM
Dat true
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Mgqibelo Joined: 27 Jun 2018
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Mgqibelo Jul 09, 2018 11:32 AM
Sometimes he is given too much credit. Southgate deserves all the Glory

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