Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has said that he was ‘lucky’ to have been managed by a coach like Pep Guardiola.
In an interview with El Pais, the Manchester City legend gave his two cents on his future career as a manager.
Ilkay Gundogan says the experience of working under Pep Guardiola could benefit him in his coaching career.
Ilkay Gundogan says Pep Guardiola influence could boost him as a future coach
The German captain has previously said that in his lifetime, the former Bayern Munich boss is the best manager he has seen during his lifetime.
Becoming the first coach in the history of football to have won two trebles, many believe he is already deserving of such an esteemed title, with Owen Hargreaves once branding him as ‘unbelievable’ (via Manchester Evening News).
Now, Ilkay Gundogan has said that he was fortunate to have been coached by Pep Guardiola for seven years and his potential influence on him as a manager one day.
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“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but I think I have the potential to become a great coach. I was also lucky to work with the best coaches. I worked with [Pep] Guardiola, [Jurgen] Klopp, [Thomas] Tuchel and now I have Xavi [Hernandez]. These types of personalities affect you in one way or another.”
Ilkay Gundogan will certainly benefit from the Manchester City boss’ influence
While Ilkay Gundogan is known to have an excellent football brain, it only helps that he has worked with arguably the most influential manager of all time in Pep Guardiola.
The manner in which Guardiola views the game is one of one and it is his unique vision that has completely transformed the beautiful game.
Whilst having worked with other big-name coaches will undoubtedly aid Gundogan in his coaching career, there is not a bigger eye-opening experience from a footballing perspective than learning the tricks of the trade from the Spaniard himself.