Former Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given says Pep Guardiola’s side are playing a “very special” brand of football that is exciting fans across the world.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Given praised City’s swashbuckling style of play that has led to them topping the Premier League table by 5 points, having scored 35 goals in just 10 league games
“The team Guardiola has built now is really exciting to watch,” Given told the BBC. “He’s been there a season and was in a sense feeling his way around the Premier League in his first campaign, strengthening again in the summer.
“It’s all good having that talent, but it’s getting the best out of the players and how they play, and Guardiola has got the balance absolutely spot on at the minute.”
One of the highest compliments anyone can give a team is comparing them to Guardiola’s Barcelona side who won the Champions League twice while enchanting football fans across the globe with their total football. And Given has done just that.
“Pep Guardiola has brought his brand of football to Man City now and people are likening it to the Barcelona of old.
“That was some team they had then, so if they are likened to that then they are doing something right.
“Even neutral fans must love watching Man City play and how they attack teams, their movement and they can score goals from all over the pitch – they are great to watch at the minute.
“The brand of football they are playing is very special and it excites people – not just the Man City fans, but people all around the world who love the Premier League.”
The 41-year-old reserved special praise for his fellow goalkeeper Ederson, who is proving to be an inspired signing for the Blues following his £34.9million switch from Benfica in the summer.
“Ederson has looked very comfortable. Guardiola’s goalkeepers playing with their feet is well documented, but he is super confident with the ball, he never panics and his decision-making and his starting position is very positive.
“He has a belief in himself with the ball at his feet. He doesn’t panic when people are closing him down, the defenders around him are always making angles and the midfielders are dropping in to try and receive it off him.
“They’ve got that signing right this year.”