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Published: 14:51 | 28/3/16

Alonso backs Pep for City success

Spaniard warns it will take time though

Xabi Alonso has backed Pep Guardiola to be a success at Manchester City but has warned that it will take some time for it to come.

The Bayern Munich midfielder was signed for the German club by Guardiola and has enjoyed considerable success under him.

The former Barcelona manager will move to Manchester after three years in the Bundesliga and Alonso feels he will be a hit in the Premier League.

"Pep is ahead of his time," he told Sky Sports News HQ. "He is very demanding of himself and his players, but once you get to know it [the style], then it is the way we like to play.

"He likes the team to be in control of the game because he thinks that is the best way to win games. During his time here he has built something, a style of play, I think many players will have learnt a lot and improved and for sure those fundamentals will be very useful in the future as well.

"Nobody is thinking about next season, we are just thinking about the challenges we have right now.

"At the end we will have enough time to give him a proper farewell that he deserves. He will leave in the best manner, no doubt about it, and his time here will be a good one to remember."

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