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Pep didn’t do his homework on English football, Grant claims

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Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant believes Pep Guardiola should have adapted his style better to English football.

Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest ever coaches, but did not “do his homework” on English football, according to former Chelsea manager Avram Grant.

Guardiola is set to end his first season at Manchester City without a trophy, the first time he has failed to collect silverware in a campaign, with City in Premier League action against rivals Manchester United on Thursday.

The Catalan, who has won six league titles and captured the Champions League twice, was hailed by Grant despite his City side sitting 14 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

“I think he’s one of the greatest coaches in history,” Grant told Omnisport. “He’s one of the best, one of the top, no doubt about this. What he did in Barcelona, even the football that he played in Bayern Munich was amazing.

“But I think Pep didn’t do his homework when he came to English football. English football is totally different. Even though there are a lot of foreigners, still there are things that are typical for English football. Because when they play good, they are playing excellent, excellent. But still, they are not hard to beat on the defensive side.

“He plays exactly like he played in Barcelona, but not with the same personalities and not in the same league. But I’m sure he is a smart guy. He will learn from this and he will do different next season. But this season, it was a good education for him.