Manchester City fans ought to be amped up by now for having an ‘extremely strong team’ once Pep Guardiola has finished his business in the transfer market, according to Joan Laporta.
Laporta who named Guardiola as Barcelona manager in 2008 and got together with his dear companion at an event for the Johan Cruyff Foundation this week.
The ex-Barca president revealed that the City boss was sounding exceptionally optimistic about 2017-18, regardless of finishing third on the EPL log and failing to win a trophy in his first season in England.
Laporta is undoubtedly Guardiola will hit the nail on the head and got the sense there was a major transfer business not too far off.
Laporta speaking to The Guardian: “If City backs him as he deserves he will succeed,” “He is an optimist, a winner and he is brave. He won’t hide.
“The way they plan to go about strengthening the team, I think they are going to be extremely strong. The fans will be very excited.
“I don’t know what they are going to do! What I do know, and very well, is Pep and Txiki Begiristain and that they are capable of building a team that will enthuse people.”
Laporta pointed to Guardiola adapting to life at Bayern Munich and achieving success to back up his conviction over City’s future prospects.
He continued: “Pep’s record speaks for itself. Everywhere has its idiosyncrasies. He knew Barcelona as a kid but was successful at Bayern and I’m convinced he will be at City. He is lucky to work with Txiki [Begiristain] and Ferran Soriano, who trust him. That’s peace of mind.
“When I saw Pep he was animated, enthusiastic, excited for the future. He’s smart, has emotional intelligence, an ability to convince.
“It is not easy: the Premier League’s a challenge and there are two great teams in the city but he is the world’s best coach and could have gone anywhere. He chose City because they’d have the faith, letting him build the project he has in mind.
“He will make his mark. If you watch City last season they passed the ball well but it doesn’t happen overnight. You need the right players. They will bring in players who suit the system he wants, which doesn’t have to be identical to Barca. He is intelligent, he will adapt. He will create an identity, a connection.”