Pep Guardiola demands perfection while Manchester City tries to defend the league title

Pep Guardiola is demanding perfection this season, as Manchester City aims to retain the title

Peering over the main training ground of Pep Guardiola, a new addition has really captivated the imagination of Manchester City players this summer.

It looks like a mini-warehouse, 21.75 meters long and 12.5 wide, which costs a sum of six figures to build and the indoor paddle court is already proving to be a success.

The introduction of this common space, designed to play a sport that is a cross between tennis and squash, came from Guardiola's assistant, Mikel Arteta, and is already driving healthy competition between players and staff.

Pep Guardiola is demanding perfection this season, as Manchester City aims to retain the title

Pep Guardiola is demanding perfection this season, as Manchester City aims to retain the title

Padel, typically played in doubles, is very popular in Spain and Argentina, with small courts and boards to play, and is becoming the source of many battles between the squad of Premier League champions.

Arteta is thinking like Guardiola, presenting new ideas to keep the players involved and all over the place long after the training is over. That's why they have breakfast and lunch together and why the city's fans can enjoy so many videos on social networks inside the city's soccer academy. They love being there and this new idea is another incentive.

Players are encouraged to mingle with the staff. Guardiola organized a barbecue at the club inside his base in downtown Miami a few days before flying home from the United States and many of the team members remained chatting for a while.

Guardiola gives great importance to these activities and teamwork exercises have taken place immediately after the big defeats. For him, to maintain the unit of the last season, at the end of which they added a record of 100 points, is almost as important as to evolve tactically.

Guardiola is very interested in team unity and gathers both players and club staff

Guardiola is very interested in team unity and gathers both players and club staff

Guardiola is very interested in team unity and gathers both players and club staff

SERGIO AGUERO

The Manchester City striker has six objectives on the opening day games Only Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and Teddy Sheringham he has scored more.

Guardiola is playing with a back of three in certain games this season, a system in which the new signing Riyad Mahrez should flourish.

"Yes, we can do it," he said. "Now we have Mendy and we will use it in different ways."

The manager of the year, 47, has relaxed in preparation for Sunday's opening game against Arsenal. More than what has been seen before. His behavior is spreading to those around him and, frankly, he has serious difficulties with the dark moods of José Mourinho throughout the city.

It's easier to be cheerful and talkative with trophies in the bag, sure. Guardiola is on the crest of a wave and refuses to go down. Those around the club that know him best were surprised by the zeal and intensity with which he treated young people in the United States.

Guardiola is considering playing a back-three in some games, for the benefit of the new boy Riyad Mahrez

Guardiola is considering playing a back-three in some games, for the benefit of the new boy Riyad Mahrez

Guardiola is considering playing a back-three in some games, for the benefit of the new boy Riyad Mahrez

PROPERTY OF MANCHESTER CITY

First name: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Nationality: Emirati.

Years: 47

Workday: Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Wealth: £ 4bn (personal); £ 70bn (immediate family); £ 262bn (sovereign fund at your disposal).

Family: Two wives, Alia (a son with her) and Manal (three sons and two daughters).

Sports interests: Horse races of resistance; thoroughbred investor; supporter of the half marathon.

Sports investments: President of Al Jazira (multi-sport club); 87 percent owner of City Football Group, which owns Man City, NYCFC, Melbourne, Yokohama, Girona and Atletico Torque.

Non-sporting investments: Majority ownership of the Aabar energy company; participates in multiple oil companies, Virgin Galactic and Daimler.

Mansour fans say: He astutely invested to help a difficult part of Manchester and a bad football club to improve beyond expectations. He has an asset that is worth more than he has invested and the future is bright.

Critics of Mansour say: He has "washed" the image of the ruling elite of the United Arab Emirates, of which he is a part, through football. He does not care about the City beyond that, and a visit in 10 years is a test. He is accused of human rights atrocities.

It has been a whirlwind, the eyes are enlarged and the hands are agitated while explaining the tactical nuances to the children. Short videos have come out, Eric Garcia and Lukas Nmecha, the two who got their message the fastest.

Guardiola tested his new restaurant in Manchester, Tast, last week and has the enthusiasm of a man who has lived a maximum of three months since he lifted the title.

Some expected it to slow down, but ended up commenting that the boss is working harder than ever.

His drive and dedication have never been questioned, but it has gone up a couple of notches.

Catalan has had to adapt. His trusted lieutenant, Domenec Torrent, has left for the sister club of New York City after 11 years with Guardiola. Arteta has effectively become his new No 2.

The sources say that Arteta, who was chosen for the post at Arsenal, reminds them of Guardiola at Barcelona B in 2007.

He has been privately described as "a third new signing" after Mahrez and the return of Mendy.

Arteta can read the manager perfectly and choose his moments to sing about the adjustments. He is an excellent communicator and directs training sessions with Lorenzo Buenaventura.

Arteta continues training animatedly. Starting with Rondos, no drill lasts more than 10 minutes to maintain concentration.

One, a five-step movement involving the entire squad at the same time, striking different checkpoints from the right and left, working at angles and heading towards the goal, requires concise training.

The city is a blur of movement. In those moments Guardiola looks at Arteta as intensely as his players, verifying his progress.

The city manager will occasionally interpose, walking up and down the 50-yard box that ends in a player who turns and shoots to the goal. It offers quiet words to some, affectionate caresses in the head for others.

Arteta has been promoted to Guardiola's right hand this season, with a great presence

Arteta has been promoted to Guardiola's right hand this season, with a great presence

Arteta has been promoted to Guardiola's right hand this season, with a great presence

Arteta will present one of the 18 staff members on the grass to act as an opponent. "This is important," he says. & # 39; You have two options. Here is the opponent & # 39;

Sprinklers will appear between the drills to retain the grass zipper and Arteta assumes the main responsibility during eight-a-side matches, barking orders from the sideline.

Guardiola wanders while deciphering what he needs to correct. He will stop the game, gesticulating with weapons and it is known that he stands on a goal line, behind goalkeeper Ederson, to get the perfect point of advantage. He believes that all this is giving him the necessary tools to drive his rivals away again.

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