My Barcelona philosophy is working in England – Guardiola

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side are proving playing the Barcelona way can work in England after they won for a 14th successive game to set a Premier League record.

City went 11 points clear at the top after Nicolas Otamendi’s winner secured a 2-1 win at Manchester United.

“People said we couldn’t play the way we did in Barcelona in England,” said Guardiola, 46, who won three La Liga titles in four years at the Camp Nou.

“But it is possible and we did it.”

Guardiola also won two Champions League titles and two Copa del Reys while in charge of Barcelona between 2008-2012.

City finished third in the table, 15 points behind champions Chelsea, in Guardiola’s first season in charge in 2016-17.

They are well placed to win their first league title since 2013-14 after a winning run that includes a 1-0 win away at reigning champions Chelsea.

“The personality to play here is what I want,” added Guardiola after a fourth successive 2-1 win in the top flight.

“We can play this way in England. I knew that last season.

“Always I believed we could do it. Everyone can play how they want, that’s why football is so beautiful.

“I’m happy to go to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford and to beat them in this way.”

Guardiola played down suggestions that victory over United meant the title race was all but over.

“This win means a lot in the way we played for our confidence,” he said. “But in three days we go to Swansea in the winter time.

“We are going to face a lot of difficulties. In December it’s impossible to be champions but it’s good for us.”

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