Why Pep Guardiola has cashed in his values at Manchester City

These days, any mention of the word ‘philosophy’ in relation to a football manager tends to prompt sneers.

In England at least, the word has come to connote a kind of haughty high-mindedness, the assumption being that that any coach purporting to exist on a higher plane to their peers is some sort of charlatan trying to kid us with empty rhetoric. It’s largely true, too – not least when it comes to the European giants, who largely work from the same blueprint of eat, sleep, spend, repeat.

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