Guardiola is quickly stamping his authority throughout the club as he looks to build on his success at Barcelona and help turn City into one of the major forces in European football.
It is not just the first-team that the Spanish coach is focusing his efforts on, but the rising stars in the youth team are also grabbing his attention.
The City youngsters are currently preparing for the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final at the CFA Stadium on Tuesday night and according to the Manchester Evening News , they don’t mind the attention one little bit.
Indeed, Brahim Diaz , one of the most promising products of the City talent factory, has welcomed the added pressure of knowing the first-team manager is taking such a keen interest.
“Pep is always watching our games,” Brahim told City’s official website . “Even if he is not here, he is watching our clips. He loves football and he will be watching us, especially in the Youth Cup, because he likes to watch the youth team.”
Brahim made his first-team debut for the Blues this season, as a substitute in the EFL Cup win at Swansea, while Stockport lad Phil Foden has also had a place on the bench and England youth player Jadon Sancho, who has only just turned 17, have caught the eye.
Guardiola has already dangled a big carrot in front of the young players, by promising to take four or five of them with him on the pre-season tour of the USA.
And he has made it plain that they won’t be just along for the ride – they will be auditioning for places in the first-team squad next season.
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For Spanish ace Brahim, and co-starlets like Foden and young England player Jadon Sancho, that is a huge incentive.
“He likes to move the youth players up and if we keep doing well, maybe we will get a chance. Why not?” said Brahim.
City have lost the last two Youth Cup finals to Chelsea, but the feeling this year is that they are much closer in standard, and have several players, like Diaz, who already have experience of playing in the final.
Defenders Joel Latibeaudiere and Jacob Davenport, as well as Brahim, Sancho, striker Lukas Nmecha and midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru all took part in last season’s final – and Dele-Bashiru was even on the bench the previous year, as a 15-year-old!
“Last year, it was challenging but this year we have to win because we have a good team – individually and as a team,” said Brahim.
“We’ll go for it and we’ll try to win, trying our best. If we play as a team, we can win it this year.
“It doesn’t matter if you play bad or good but you have to win.
“We can win because we have so many good players in different positions. It’s nice to be in the final and I want to win it this year. We have to take it and win the FA Youth Cup this year.
“You have to play everywhere they need you. You are improving the more games you play. It doesn’t matter where or for which team. It’s not about age or level – we are all at the same level.”