How Pep Guardiola influence is dominating English football outside Man City

Pep now finds himself in a title battle against his former number two at City, Mikel Arteta, but will the apprentice become the master? Artetas Arsenal have been rampant in the league, with just one loss in 17 and they do not look like they are slowing down.

Arteta worked with Pep as an assistant manager for three years before joining Arsenal and in that time, he helped City win two league titles, an FA Cup and two Community Shields. The City manager has been incredibly supportive of his fellow Spaniard in the past and defended the Arsenal boss when form was not so good a couple of seasons ago.

Now, Artetas fluid possession tactics pose the biggest threat to Manchester City and with a technical prowess only comparable to Peps team, Arsenal have been without a doubt the best of the Premier League so far.

Another rising star in England is the newly-appointed Erik ten Hag. The Manchester United manager has taken the Reds from a disorganised group of players to a force to be reckoned with. With a remarkable run of form, they have risen to fourth place in the league.

Once again, the City boss has worked with Uniteds new fan favourite before. While Pep led a dominant Bayern Munich, Ten Hag led Bayern Munichs second team and worked closely with the Spaniard during his career in Germany.

With honours such as the Bundesliga title, the German Cup and the Club World Cup, their time together was certainly fruitful. Now Ten Hag is the one who is ruling with an iron fist, much like his former peer. His fast-paced, tactically brilliant playing style this season has meant that Manchester United are catching up to the title fight.

While Peps influence has definitely been shown in the Premier League, it has also become clear in the Championship. At the top of the table is Burnley, who have been coasting to a likely promotion, with former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany at the helm.

While at City, Kompany was Peps most notable captain. Premier League titles, FA Cups, League Cups and Community Shields the pair won all England has to offer together.

With his experience under Pep, Kompany has turned Burnley into a major force in Englands second division. Losing just two games and winning their last five, they are currently five points clear of a good Sheffield United team, and are 14 points clear of third place.

His attacking and entertaining playing style yet again bears resemblance to Peps Manchester City and as one of the more promising managers in the country, Burnley will certainly be enjoying success under the Belgian.

As of now, two of the best-performing Premier League managers and the best-performing Championship managers have worked under Pep Guardiola in the past. Two of them are top of their respective league tables and one of them is giving Manchester City a serious run for their money.

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