Ahead of Manchester City‘s game against Chelsea on Saturday, Pep Guardiola praised Blues boss Thomas Tuchel as one of the few managers he learns things from.
Guardiola appeared in front of the media for the first time since he contracted COVID-19 prior to their FA Cup win away at Swindon Town. The Spaniard was replaced by assistant manager Rodolfo Borrell on the touchline for that game when their strong side brushed the League Two side away.
“He’s so creative,” Guardiola told the press. “One of the few managers I learn constantly from to develop as a better manager.
“[He is] excellent in all departments. I enjoyed him since he was in Mainz. I enjoy watching his teams and the way he’s playing and the approach. He makes world football better.
“When you find a manager who always wants to be positive in the way they play, it’s good.”
Guardiola gave an update on the current COVID-19 situation at the Etihad Stadium as more new cases have become known, while some have returned.
“Some people are coming, some are positive again,” Guardiola said, “When you test once, twice, negative you come back. Otherwise you stay at home.
“It happened in the last two or three months affecting all the clubs. We have some new cases; they want privacy so I can’t say.”
A standout player against Swindon was teenager Cole Palmer who has earned plenty of chances under Guardiola, but he is wary of not going overboard with academy talent and feeding them in slowly.
“It’s a question of patience,” Guardiola continued, “not all academy players can play with us, some can play in the cup. Cole is more settled with us, McAtee can play as well.
“We know them, there is one or two more who I have the feeling can help and be involved in the future. They have to be patient, still there is a lot of big growth to follow to become settled and officially a player to have a chance with us.”