Watford boss backs incoming Man City manager to dominate English top flight

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores believes that Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will dominate the English top flight when he arrives at Manchester City next season, according to reports from the London Evening Standard.

Guardiola has officially been named as the man to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the end of the campaign after several months of the former Barcelona gaffer also being linked with both Chelsea and Manchester United.

And Sanchez Flores is predicting his Spanish counterpart to enjoy a lengthy period of success in the Premier League, such as he did during his time with Barca as well as now with Bayern.

“The most important thing for Pep is to come here and show everyone that he can translate his methods and ideas to a completely different league. La Liga and the Bundesliga are completely different to the Premier League.

“The important thing for him is to come here and play the same way in the Premier League because that it what he has. He will sign good players and try to develop the same system, the same ideas [he had at Barcelona and Bayern].

“This League is very receptive to good managers. When you come here with good ideas, ambition and work hard, it adapts to good managers.

“He is thinking about football for 24 hours a day. When you go to a different country it is very important to know the style of that league. Right now he will be thinking about how he is going to manage in the Premier League. So his adaptation to the Premier League will be very easy.”

The two met as managers when Flores was at the Atletico Madrid helm, and during a UEFA coaching course Guardiola told him his desire to learn about English football after stints in Spain and Germany.

“He knows perfectly La Liga, he knows perfectly the Bundesliga and he wanted to know the Premier League,” he said. “I am sure he will enjoy this league.

“I was speaking with him three months ago and he asked me if I was happy in England. I told him I was happy because England is really nice. I detected that he wanted to come here.”

Guardiola has won La Liga three times and is on course to win his third Bundesliga this season, while also winning the Champions League on two separate occasions.