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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Walker, Rose, Alli, Dier as good as Xavi, Iniesta, Alonso, Busquets

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola needs no introduction after his exploits at Barcelona and then guiding Bayern Munich to success. Now he has the task of rebuilding Manchester City and he wants to build it with an English identity.

The Spaniard compared four Spurs players, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Eric Dier to the famous four, Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, and Sergio Busquets, saying the English players were on the same level.

“From my experience in Spain and Germany and now here, you cannot imagine how good the young players here are. Like I could not imagine the generation of Lampard, (Michael) Carrick, Scholes, (John) Terry, Gerrard, (Rio) Ferdinand, they had the talent to do something more. 
“As a spectator, I don’t understand. For example, compare it with Spain who always talk about the generation of Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, (Sergio) Busquets. 
“Those English players are of the same level. So you ask yourself, why not? Walker, Rose, Alli, (Eric) Dier, John Stones, Raheem, they are top. The quality is there and they have the quality at U19 and U21 too. The talent is there, I have no doubts about that. They need to make that step.”

Recent news has suggested that Guardiola has now turned his attention away from Danny Rose to 23-year-old (24 in June) Schalke 04 and Bosnia left-back Sead Kolasinac, no doubt having been told there is absolutely no chance of signing Danny Rose.

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Rose has already expressed his desire to stay at Spurs at least until the end of his contract and is as close as any player to Pochettino, something the Spurs players all joke about. Equally Kyle Walker has an affinity with the club, while Alli and Dier are loving being part of a young talented group of players getting on so well and working in an environment where they are improving as players under the direction of a top coach.

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