Former Arsenal and Manchester City right-back, Bacary Sagna spoke to American TV Sports Network, ESPN on Wednesday and in doing so gave his thoughts about City boss Pep Guardiola and the Spaniards training methods.
During the interview, Bacary peered deep into his crystal ball and as you will see, came up with the following prediction.
“They’re (City) going to be flying in the next five years because all of them are 22, 23 years old,” said the former France international.
“If they keep the shape of the team — and they will — they’re going to be very successful, a bit like Barcelona were [under Guardiola] in the past. They’re going to be flying in every competition they’re going to be playing in.”
Bacary joined City from Arsenal on a three-year deal during the 2014 summer transfer window and following 50 appearances plus, left the club 12 months ago when his contract expired.
This is what the 35-year-old told ESPN when he was explaining how Guardiola laid the foundations for success last season when the Frenchman was in the Man City squad.
“The way we were training was different, the pressure we had on training was different. It was very demanding, and it’s still very demanding. He wants to take the best of every single player, and I think this season shows that he managed to do it.
“The previous season we had a good team, we were solid, but we missed a little bit of attitude, of desire on the pitch. This season you notice the team was like sharks. That’s what they called themselves, and they were because they reached 100 points. They achieved great [things].”
“The Champions League was the only bad point of the season, but they’re going to be leading the top teams in the seasons coming, and they’re going to be achieving a lot.”
The full video interview can be found if you tap/click here.
Has Bacary retired?
Not at all. He’s currently applying his trade at Serie A side Benevento Calcio.