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Pep’s first season will be a success if he wins the FA Cup, says Man City legend

Date Posted,April 21, 2017

Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City will be a success if he wins the FA Cup.

Guardiola has struggled to replicate his success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich at City and has failed in the Premier League and in Europe.

But Blues legend Tony Book, the most-decorated figure in the club’s history with five trophies as a captain and manager, insists lifting the Cup would change all that.

Pep Guardiola has had plenty to think about this season (Photo: Reuters)

“I certainly think if he wins the FA Cup, he will have had a successful first season,” he said.

“He’s found it a little bit difficult. But if he wins the FA Cup, that’s putting him on his way for his first season.

“Any footballer would tell you that the FA Cup is a special trophy to win.

“To win a trophy in your first season, it doesn’t matter what people say. If you are a new manager coming into a new club and you win the FA Cup in your first season, then you’ve done well.

Tony Book is one of the biggest legends in Manchester City’s history (Photo: Mirrorpix)

“And if he does that, you can only see him going from strength to strength.”

Book, 82, who is City’s honorary president, claims going all the way in the Cup could lead to the title next season, just like in 2011 under Roberto Mancini.

“Yeah, I honestly feel this would be a start for him,” he said. “It has been a learning curve for him this season and he has found out all about English football and the fact that there are no easy games.

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