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‘One of the smartest’ – Pep Guardiola goes crazy for Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan

‘One of the smartest’ – Pep Guardiola goes crazy for Barcelona’s Ilkay Gundogan

Pep Guardiola has actually had lots of appreciation for Barcelona midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and states he’s one of the most intelligent gamers he’s ever coached.

Gundogan left City on a complimentary transfer last summertime and proceeded to Barcelona where he was a virtual ever-present under Xavi.

Pep states that Gundogan’s intelligence makes him a cut above the majority of gamers and described why he discovered it so satisfying to deal with the Germany worldwide.

“İlkay didn’t talk much, but when he did, everyone listened to him, including me as a coach. It was clear and direct. He is a very intelligent player, one of the smartest I have ever coached. He was the key to our success,” he stated.

“A player can be fast, he can have a good shot, but what makes him stand out from the rest and become an elite player is his intelligence. Making the right decisions under pressure, knowing what the team needs at all times, that’s the type of player I’m looking for. I love smart players. I only had to explain everything to İlkay once. He understood it and put it into practice immediately. That is extraordinary.”

Guardiola likewise went on to highlight Gundogan’s strengths and feels he has the prospective to enter double figures when it concerns scoring objectives.

“[He is best at] is playing the ball in small, confined spaces. For example, as a number ten, behind the center forward. But he also provides passes to the full-backs,” he included.

“The nose for finding the right moment, the control of the ball and the precision of his passes: all this is exceptional in İlkay. I have to add that İlkay himself is a good scorer. He can easily score between ten and fifteen goals per season.”

Gundogan scored simply 5 objectives in his very first season in La Liga with Barcelona however is now set to connect with previous Germany employer Hansi Flick in Catalunya.


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