Hiddink warns Guardiola of tough competition in EPL

London, Feb 3 (IANS) Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink has warned Pep Guardiola that he will find it tougher to win trophies at English Premier League (EPL) side Manchester City next season than during his time with FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The Spaniard will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium in the summer, having enjoyed great success as a coach in both La Liga in Spain and the Bundesliga in Germany.

Hiddink feels that although Guardiola will take time to adjust to life in English football, he has the experience to cope.

“It is a very attractive league for the younger managers. To work in this league is beautiful. He will face another league to that which he is used to. He has always had domination from the teams he worked with,” Hiddink told reporters here on Tuesday.

“This is a little bit different because there is no specific favourite as there is in Spain with Barcelona and Real Madrid, and in Germany where the only one who can be champion is Bayern. But it is not his first year. He is very experienced in his career and he has the Spanish guys who are in Manchester City for many years who know this league,” he said.

Outgoing City boss Pellegrini has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and Hiddink responded to questions if the Chilean could replace him.

“That’s up to Chelsea to decide. I have not met him or talked to him but I admire the approach of his football and his teams,” he said.

“He is a well-balanced manager and I respect him, without having met him,” Hiddink concluded.

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