Guardiola will change Manchester City's identity, says Ancelotti

Ancelotti is to take Guardiola's place at Bayern Munich and has no doubt that Manchester City will benefit from the Spaniard's experience.

Real Madrid coach Carlo AncelottiFormer Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti believes incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will bring his trademark brand of possession football to the Etihad Stadium, the Daily Star has reported.

Ancelotti, who will succeed the former Barcelona coach at Bayern Munich, believes that Guardiola's time with the Bundesliga champions shows he will have little trouble in bringing his philosophy to the Premier League.

The Italian, whose own time in England saw him claim the league and cup double with Chelsea, said: "When Guardiola left Barcelona, people said, 'Ah he is not able to repeat the same style of play at Bayern Munich because he doesn't have (Lionel) Messi'.

Bayern Munich German Cup DFB Pokal victory paradeBayern Munich German Cup DFB Pokal victory parade

"But by the end Bayern were playing with the same style as Barcelona. Different players, but the style is there. It will be the same at Manchester City."

Ancelotti will take the helm at the Allianz Arena having seen his predecessor claim three consecutive Bundesliga titles while also taking them to three Champions League semi-finals, and he is under no doubt that Guardiola can also bring success to Manchester City, as they look to regain their place at the top of English football.

Bayern Munich coach Josep GuardiolaIncoming Manchester City boss Josep Guardiola

"Guardiola for this reason is a fantastic manager because he is able to build a really strong identity of his team. I think Manchester City signed Guardiola for this reason, to establish a new identity, a new style, a new culture."

Guardiola has seemingly already laid down his demands to the Manchester City board, with the Daily Mirror reporting that he is hoping for a £200 million war chest to bring in as many as eight new players next season.

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