Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has backed his old friend Pep Guardiola to overcome a six-game winless run as Manchester City boss, and expects Pep to win many trophies in England.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Barça’s weekend game against Granada, Enrique hit out at the rising criticism of Pep, saying, “To the critics of Guardiola I will say this: don’t worry, he’s going to win trophies this season.”
It’s now six games without a win for Guardiola’s City, the longest winless run of the 45-year-old’s career. Enrique sees this as a blip and said, “Critics will always appear because people don’t like it when the same people win all the time. This always generates a lot of jealousy.
“But I’m sure Pep is going to win, and he’s going to win while playing the same spectacular football we saw at the start of the season. If you have to have a philosophy and an idea you have to die by it.”
City’s six winless games include three draws and a loss to United in which Pep sent out a heavily weakened side against Jose Mourinho’s strongest available XI. Football is a results game, however, and though City remain top of the league table on goal difference, Guardiola will be hoping to arrest the downturn in form tomorrow with a win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.
After West Brom, it will be Enrique himself who comes up against Pep, as Barcelona travel to the Etihad Stadium for their second Champions League clash of the season against City.