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Glenn Hoddle Is Not Convinced By The Cult Of Pep Guardiola

Glenn Hoddle Is Not Convinced By The Cult Of Pep Guardiola
By Gavin Cooney Updated
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Glenn Hoddle believes Pep Guardiola still has "everything to prove" as the Catalan is courted by a gaggle of the Premier League top clubs.

Hoddle believes that the Premier League will prove to be Guardiola's greatest test to date:

Barcelona is a test because it is a massive club. It is so powerful in Spain and they are a very special team. Bayern Munich are the same. But this league - particularly like it is this year - is a test for any manager and it will be his biggest test.

Hoddle's rationale was along the lines of Andy Gray questioning if Lionel Messi would do it on a wet and windy at Stoke City:

He will have everything to prove in this country because it is different here. If you go to Bournemouth - it is not like Barcelona going to Getafe or a team down the bottom where they are scared stiff of you. There are three teams in La Liga. The rest are technically good teams but they all play the same way. In this country you have to earn every single point you get.

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He has a point, but to say that Guardiola, who has won the league in all but one of his six seasons as a manager, along with two European cups and arguably introduced the most revolutionary way of playing the game since Arrigo Sacchi has "everything to prove" is a bit harsh.

Perhaps Hoddle is sceptical of Guardiola's apparent reluctance to introduce a faith healer to his backroom staff, as Hoddle did with England.

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