Pep Guardiola is the world’s top manager but he needs more time to make Manchester City great and will need some luck to beat his former club, Barcelona, in the Champions League tonight, says the Spanish club’s ex-forward David Villa.
“Guardiola is the best manager in the world but I think it’s too early to compare his Barcelona side to Manchester City. We’ve to give him time because I’m sure he will make City a great team,” said Villa.
City won their opening six matches in the Premier League this season before slumping to a six-game winless streak in all competitions – the longest of Guardiola’s managerial career.
They have taken one point from their last two Champions League group games at Celtic and Barca, and need a win against the Spaniards in the return leg to boost their European hopes.
Barca top Group C with nine points.
After City’s 4-0 humiliation at the Nou Camp, Guardiola will be hoping they can keep Lionel Messi quiet at Etihad Stadium.
However, 2011 Champions League winner Villa, now plying his trade in Major League Soccer with New York City FC at the age of 34, said Guardiola’s tactics alone might not be enough to see his team progress to the next round.
“The Champions League is not an easy competition. You’re playing the best teams in the world, so it’s tough.
“The key to being successful in the competition is a mixture between finding consistency, playing in the right way at the knockout stages, having the best players, the best coach, the best tactics and a bit of good luck, too. It is very difficult