Mancini: Could Guardiola succeed with a mid-table club?

The Inter boss is not convinced the two-time Champions League winning coach’s approach would work at a club outside of Europe’s elite

Inter boss Roberto Mancini says he is not convinced Pep Guardiola’s methods would work at a mid-table club.

Guardiola enjoyed huge success at Barcelona, winning two Champions League titles before joining Bayern Munich, where he has lifted consecutive Bundesliga crowns and a Club World Cup.

His Bayern side are dominating again in Germany this season, establishing an eight-point lead at the top of the table after 14 games, and are seen as one of the favourites to win the Champions League this term.

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Mancini, however, is intrigued to see whether Guardiola’s possession-based approach would work at a team not challenging for honours.

He told Sky Sport Austria : “He is doing well and his style of football works for teams like Bayern Munich and Barca, but I’d like to see him work at a mid-table side.

“Regardless of that, Pep has some good ideas and is a very good coach.”

Serie A’s status as the strongest in Europe has waned in recent years and Mancini is not convinced the infrastructure, or personnel, are in place for that situation to be reversed.

He added: “In previous years Serie A was the best league in the world with lots of foreign players who wanted to come here. That was certainly a wonderful period, then things changed, above all due to the financial crisis in the country.

“Then there’s a problem with the stadiums, as there hasn’t been enough investment. Perhaps it’s necessary to change those at the top, as I’m not convinced the people governing Italian football are the right ones.”

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