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Delph reveals Pep Guardiola’s tactical secrets

“He’s fantastic. For me, he is a genius.

“He has opened my eyes to so much. I didn’t picture football like Pep does. He’s painted the pictures for me.

“I stayed mentally strong, and I knew if I got my opportunity to play I could contribute and help the lads win games.

“I’m a very traditional English guy who believes in hard work and dedication and giving it absolutely everything. I’m there to fight and pick up second balls, to be that old English type of player, but he has reinvented me.

“Now it’s all about being calm and collected on the ball, being sensible in terms of if someone occupies my position then I need to occupy a different position.

“Pep smells the danger. We’ve got so many systems the way we played. Everybody seems to think, ‘Wow, what are they doing?’ But it is very simple.

“Basically we move the ball very fast, we take as few touches as possible and we stay in the positions, we utilise the spaces and distances perfectly and we have the courage to play out and build up from the back.

“And we work on it daily. Every session we do there is always an aim to it, there is always a reason why we are doing a certain exercise, not just having a five-a-side for the sake of it and fitness work. Everything is geared towards the game and the team we are playing next.”

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Fabian Delph talks to the press after an England training session at St Georges Park on May 22, 2018 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)



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