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Alex Ferguson predicts a struggle for Guardiola at Man City

Published 31/03/2016 | 10:21

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: Manchester United Coach, Sir Alex Ferguson (L) with Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola during the Press Conference with nominees for FIFA Ballon d'Or and World Coach of the Year for Men's Football on January 9, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09: Manchester United Coach, Sir Alex Ferguson (L) with Barcelona coach, Pep Guardiola during the Press Conference with nominees for FIFA Ballon d'Or and World Coach of the Year for Men's Football on January 9, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson believes Pep Guardiola will struggle to adapt to English football when he takes over at Manchester City this summer.

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Bayern Munich boss Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at City ahead of next season, with the expectation that he will spend big to turn his new club into instant Champions League contenders disputed a little by Ferguson in these comments.

"Obviously Man City have had a real coup in getting him because he's an outstanding coach, but Pep won't find it easy," United director Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"English football is not easy. Every foreign coach who has come to England will tell you that.

"Arsene Wenger, after his first few months (at Arsenal) he was talking about that. Even Jose when he came, after his first season he realised what he achieved was hard work.

"Pep has got a fantastic work ethic about him and he demands that from all his training sessions. So anyone who says they're not going to work hard won't last long I'm sure of that.

"I don't think he'll ever replicate what he ever did at Barcelona but that was a high standard. They were the best.

"He has got great coaching ability there's no doubt about that. It's interesting because it'll be difficult to match what he did at Barcelona."

Ferguson went on to back Leicester to complete their fairytale title push, as he believes only one team can stop Claudio Ranieri's side from finishing this season as Premier League champions.

"Leicester are nearing the finishing line, that is the biggest task," he added.

"They have to remain consistent to what they've done, there is no point changing what they've been doing for the previous six months.

"There will be testing times for them and they have to come to terms with the fact they will drop a point or two -- they may even lose a game. But others will drop points, that's the nature of the Premier League, it's a tough league.

"I only see Tottenham being a danger to Leicester. Tottenham, at the moment, are playing some of the best football I've seen from a Spurs team in many years. But Leicester have got the edge. I think they'll get there.

"Leicester have got the bit between their teeth, they've been the best team without question throughout the season and they deserve to win it.

"I don't see any nerves and that's down to the manager, he's brought a calming influence. It's fantastic, they are a breath of fresh air and it's great for the game."

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