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The strategic genius of Pep Guardiola to succeed in England




In a revealing statement, Fernandinho sheds light on the strategic prowess of Pep Guardiola, illustrating how the Catalan coach orchestrated the transfer of Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City.

“He [Pep Guardiola] was at Bayern and [Kevin] De Bruyne was at Wolfsburg. The Bayern scouting department says, ‘We’re looking at this kid, what do you think about bringing him here?’ Pep says, ‘No, no, no, I don’t want him, I don’t think he’ll fit into our team’… Fernandinho tell City Xtra Portugal

During Guardiola’s tenure at Bayern Munich, De Bruyne was making waves at Wolfsburg. Despite the Belgian’s talent catching the eye of Bayern’s scouting department, Guardiola himself dismissed the idea of bringing him to Munich, doubting his fit within the team.


Fernandinho added “Pep says, ‘No, no, no, I don’t want him, I don’t think he’ll fit into our team’…”

However, fate had other plans. De Bruyne eventually found his way to Manchester City, where his talents flourished under Guardiola’s guidance.

Fernandinho’s anecdote unveils the intricacies of Guardiola’s long-term vision and meticulous planning.


Fernandinho continue..”A year passes, De Bruyne goes to Manchester City. Another year passes, Guardiola arrives at Man City. Got it? The guy knew he was going to City and sent De Bruyne there…”

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The narrative unfolds further as Guardiola’s journey leads him to Manchester City. With De Bruyne already settled in the blue half of Manchester, it becomes evident that Guardiola’s previous reluctance to sign him for Bayern was a calculated move.

Guardiola’s foresight and ability to recognize the potential synergy between De Bruyne and Manchester City’s style of play demonstrate his unparalleled strategic acumen in building and enhancing teams.


Fernandinho’s revelation offers a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes maneuvers of football’s managerial elite, showcasing how astute decisions and calculated actions can shape the destiny of clubs and players alike.

In retrospect, Guardiola’s decision not to pursue De Bruyne at Bayern Munich appears less of a missed opportunity and more of a masterstroke in laying the groundwork for Manchester City’s future success.

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