Pep Guardiola believes Brighton coach Roberto de Zerbi could be the next Manchester City manager.
Brighton were able to hold a strong City to a 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium in their last Premier League meeting thanks to the clever brains of manager De Zerbit.
According to The Telegraph, Guardiola was so impressed with his tactics in the match that he went on to say that the Italian should be “the next manager of Man City”.
The manager, who has won the treble twice, is a big admirer of Brighton’s style of play, particularly the way they build from the back.
De Zerbi’s use of the “free man” which allows his players to get more time on the ball before separating their opponents is also something Guardiola praises.
In fact, the Spanish coach does not hesitate to admit that he tries to learn from De Zerbi’s methods.
Guardiola’s current contract with City runs until the end of next season. However, if the 52-year-old does not sign an extension at the Etihad, then it remains to be seen whether De Zerbi will take over, provided he is not signed by another European giant as his ‘stakes’ have risen .
In the short term, however, two of football’s greatest minds will be looking to one-up each other when City host Brighton on Saturday.