Sunderland star Jan Kirchhoff gives his honest opinion of his former manager Pep Guardiola

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The midfielder played under Guardiola at Bayern Munich and is relishing facing him on the opening day of the season.

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Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has told the club's official website that he is looking forward to facing his former manager Pep Guardiola on the opening day of the season and hailed the "great coach".

Kirchhoff played under new Manchester City boss Guardiola for three years at Bayern Munich but made just 12 first-team appearances for the German giants under the Spaniard.

The 25-year-old left the Allianz Arena to move to Sunderland in January, and became a key man in Sam Allardyce's side after being moved to midfield, helping the Black Cats battle to survival.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in action with Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff

Kirchhoff will play a part in Guardiola's greatly-anticipated debut in English football when Sunderland travel to the Etihad Stadium on the opening day of the season.

Looking ahead to that clash, Kirchhoff admitted that all eyes will be on the game, but took the time to hail his former boss, suggesting that he improves every team and every player under his rule.

Kirchoff told Sunderland's official website: "I don’t want to talk too much about Pep because it’s a different team and it’s not mine to talk about, but I’ve said a lot of times that he is a great coach.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fans

"He brings every club and every player he works with forward and I’m sure that’s what he will do at City.

"A lot of eyes will be on this game and looking at him as he takes charge of his first game in Manchester. It is going to be a tough challenge for us and we need to bring our best performance to the pitch, but that is what the Premier League is all about and I’m really excited for the new season."

Guardiola has enjoyed huge success with in his managerial career to date with former club Barcelona and Bayern, winning 21 trophies across seven seasons in Spain and Italy, including winning the league title in all but one of those campaigns.

He now has the chance to prove that he can be the dominant manager in England as well, as he looks ahead to his City bow.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is presented to the fans

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