Ex-Barcelona star extols Pep Guardiola

Former Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya feels lucky to have been coached by Pep Guardiola, who he says is one of the world’s best managers.

Montoya came through the Barcelona academy and played under Guardiola during his time at Camp Nou, the Catalan’s spell in charge producing a trio of LaLiga titles and a brace of Champions League crowns.

Now at Brighton and Hove Albion, Montoya played the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 loss at Guardiola’s Manchester City at the end of September.

The 27-year-old, who joined Brighton from Valencia, hailed the impact the former Bayern Munich boss has had on his career.

“In my opinion, he is one of the best managers in the world,” Montoya told Omnisport. I have been lucky to be coached by him, to have training with him, playing under him and being taught by him. As a manager, he is 10 [out of 10]. He speaks a lot and pampers the player. He explains to you what you are doing good and what you are doing not that good in order to improve everything. He wants all the team to know how to develop the play and get every single player to know his role.”

The top of the Premier League sees the leading five teams split by only five points, with City facing strong competition if they are to defend their title.

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