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Pep Guardiola compares De Bruyne and David Silva to Iniesta and Xavi

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Manchester City boss has discussed what it is like having Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in midfield to when he managed Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

The former Barcelona boss has managed some incredible midfielders in his time as manager and that is arguably why he succeeds as much as he does.

Barcelona’s treble team showcased the importance of players such as Iniesta and Xavi, who are two of the greatest midfielders of this era.

Though, Guardiola is now in control of a midfield with similar quality, but with differing styles.

That has lead to many comparisons but Pep has compared the two sets of players and how their styles differ, especially Kevin De Bruyne.

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The Etihad boss has explained that David Silva is very much a mix of both Iniesta and Xavi, while Kevin De Bruyne is a different player altogether.

Though, if De Bruyne is not on the move, Guardiola claims he is not as effective as the other three.

“If we had so much success here [Manchester] and in Barcelona, that’s because of the central midfielders,” Guardiola explained to ESPN. 

“Xavi was a player with outstanding control and dynamic, he couldn’t lose the ball.”

“He could control the game rhythm, reading perfectly when to accelerate … Andres is similar, but always changing the pace.

“David Silva is a mixture between both of them. David also knows when to control and when to accelerate.

“And Kevin is exuberant … He is not a controller, he is more dynamic, coming from behind, finishing, crossing, appearing here, then there, defending, attacking … He is a complete player, less control and much more movement. When he stops he is not that effective as Xavi, David and Andres.”

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