Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Secret Behind City's Success - the Experts Who Are Known as Team Pep

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Secret Behind City's Success - the Experts Who Are Known as Team Pep

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PEP Guardiola thanked his coaching team after the Blues clinched their historic treble.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager brought a number of his trusted assistants with him from his former clubs and has further beefed up the backroom team at the Etihad over the course of his three seasons.

While long-serving No.2 Domenec Torrent left towards the end of last season to take charge of sister club New York City FC, the circumstances that saw Mikel Arteta stay in Manchester rather than succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal have ensured that there has not been too much change over the course of the three seasons.

Here is a look at the men Guardiola trusts to help prepare his team for the challenges that the season and every game present for them...

¦ MIKEL ARTETA THE former Everton and Arsenal manager took on his first coaching role when he joined the Pep Team in 2016, and his reputation rose so rapidly that he was considered to become Arsenal boss last summer.

Despite being overlooked for Unai Emery, it was his tactical innovation that helped City beat the Gunners on the opening day of the 2018/19 season and he has been credited with helping transpose Guardiola's message and works individually with players, including Raheem Sterling.

He led the team for a Champions League game with Lyon in September while Pep served a touchline ban.

¦ RODOLFO BORRELL THE first coach Lionel Messi had at Barcelona, Borrell encountered Sterling during his time as the head of coaching at Liverpool's academy under Rafael Benitez before moving to City in March 2014. He became a key link between the academy and first team at the Etihad when he moved up to become part of Guardiola's squad in 2016 and continues to be, helping the development of young defender Eric Garcia for instance.

Along with Arteta, Borrell is one of the key figures involved in preparing the team for games and the manager has praised their work on the training ground.

¦ CARLES PLANCHART PERFORMANCE analyst Planchart has a key role using video to help the team identify situations that can help them in games. …

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