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Media City: Iniesta backs Pep to succeed

HANDSHAKE: Guardiola and Iniesta had a good working relationship at Barcelona

HANDSHAKE: Guardiola and Iniesta had a good working relationship at Barcelona

It’s been a fine start to the season for City but there’s more to come from Pep Guardiola’s side, according to one of his former stars.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta won several trophies, including the Champions League, under Guardiola’s stewardship and he expects the manager to have a big effect on the Blues during his time at the Etihad Stadium.

City will face Iniesta and Barcelona in the group stage of this year’s Champions League.

Speaking to the Guardian, he said: “Pep knows how to adapt and I’m sure he’ll do so in England. He’s also got staff like Mikel Arteta who’ll help that process, who know the league.

“City have signed well and have a very competitive squad. I know Nolito well because he was a team-mate here at Barcelona and with Spain.

“He’s had a great start and hopefully can continue. I’ve admired David Silva for years: I think he’s exceptional.

“Players learn day to day, from experience, team-mates and managers. I learnt a lot with Pep; he helped me to improve and he’ll do the same at City.”

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Elsewhere, David Silva is excited for this weekend’s derby match and he doesn’t expect the side to change their successful attacking style so far.

When asked by the Daily Express, he said: “We’ve started the season very well and it should be a great game. But we won’t be going there to draw.

“We will go out to win the match. It’s a ground where in the last few years things have gone okay for us.

“We know they are a very difficult rival but we won’t settle for a draw.”

Finally, Manchester Evening News have been discussing the midfields of the two sides set to do battle on Saturday, with particular focus on Silva.

Alex Porter writes: “He is back to his mercurial best and is brilliant form heading into the derby - with one against Steaua and two for Spain during the international break.”

That’s all for this morning. Keep checking in on mancity.com throughout the day!

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