Former Manchester City midfielder Elano has expressed his admiration for Pep Guardiola and his desire to have played under the esteemed manager. In a recent interview with the club, Elano praised Guardiola’s remarkable seven-year tenure at City, during which he transformed the team into a dominant force in English football.
Guardiola’s ability to extract the best from his players and his impressive trophy haul have left a lasting impact. Elano, who joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2007, revealed his dream of working with Pep, emphasizing the importance of learning from the best to become great in football.
He said, “That was my dream too (to play under Pep), you know? I talk to some friends, we talk a lot about football. For you to become great, you have to work with the best.” Elano credited the quality of managers he had throughout his career for elevating his level of play, emphasizing their role in enhancing players’ mental and competitive levels.
When Elano sees Guardiola on the sidelines, he wishes he had the opportunity to be one of his players, a sentiment likely shared by other former City players. It’s intriguing to contemplate how Pep’s coaching could have further developed the potential of past City stars, as suggested by Joleon Lescott regarding Samir Nasri.
Elano’s technical skills and style of play align with Guardiola’s preferences, making him a player who could have thrived under the current City boss. Guardiola’s success at the club continues to leave former players like Elano wishing they had the chance to experience his coaching firsthand.