Manchester City have made no secret in recent years of the Catalanification of the club. Using Barcelona as a basis for building a successful side isn’t the world’s worst idea and Manchester City have brought in staff at several levels who have worked at the Catalan club.
There’s been learning trips to Catalonia, and the press pair of Sport and Mundo Deportivo have been invited over several times to see the ‘mini-me’ developing in Manchester.
All of that made Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester City something which made sense. A structure had been built to suit the manager and tempt him away from other opportunities.
Speaking to German magazine SportBild, Boateng explained: “In Manchester, it will also be easier for him to get players who fit his philosophy. But even Guardiola cannot get eleven players in a transfer period.”
Asked by SportBild what the difference is for Guardiola at Manchester City, Boateng reckons it’s all about power: “As far as I know, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has the total power, which can be determined over all areas. This is not possible at FC Bayern.”