“Another level, the best coach in the world”, Kovacic fascinated by Guardiola


Mateo Kovacic has described Pep Guardiola as the best coach in the world after working for just two weeks with him at Manchester City.

The Croatian midfielder joined City from Chelsea for €30m this summer and has featured in the two friendlies the European champions have played so far against Yokohama F Marino and Bayern Munich.

Kovacic is enjoying working under Guardiola at City and suggested the Spanish coach’s ideas are on another level.

“I’ve only been here for two weeks, but you can see right away that he has great ideas,” Kovacic said first.

“It’s on another level. I think he is the best coach in the world. And learning from him is a good feeling, especially for a midfielder.”


“He can teach me the best moments to move. This is also why I came here. To learn to be a better version of myself”, concluded the Croatian.

Kovacic came in as a similar replacement for Ilkay Gundogan who left the club for Barcelona this summer.

The 29-year-old midfielder appeared as a substitute in the club’s 5-3 win over Yokohama F Marino and featured in the starting line-up against Bayern Munich as the English champions beat them 2-1.

Guardiola’s side will be in action on Sunday against Atletico Madrid in a pre-season friendly in Seoul.