Manchester City summer signing Josko Gvardiol has identified a major difference between the club and RB Leipzig.
The 21-year-old, who completed a record-breaking £77.6 million move to Manchester City last month, is preparing to come up against his former club in the UEFA Champions League Group Stages.
Manchester City were draw into Group G, alongside RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade and Young Boys for the start of their Champions League title defence, with Pep Guardiola’s side having emphatically beaten RB Leipzig en route to the trophy last season.
The Blues thrashed the Bundesliga club 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium in March, comfortably winning the tie 8-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in the first-leg at the Red Bull Arena in Germany.
Gvardiol featured against Manchester City for the Round of 16 clash, netting the equaliser back in February, before succumbing to an Erling Haaland-inspired 7-0 defeat in the second-leg.
The Croatian international will face his former club in October and November, having enjoyed an impressive start to life at the Etihad Stadium.
The 21-year-old made his Premier League debut against Burnley, and started matches against Sevilla, Newcastle United and Sheffield United last month.
Gvardiol will be in contention to feature against West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday, after returning to the City Football Academy following the conclusion of the international break.
During international duty, the defender revealed the key difference between Manchester City and other clubs, while speaking to Croatian outlet Vecernji.
“I still have a lot to learn from coach Pep Guardiola,” relayed Sport Witness.
“The most important thing is that I brought a dose of calmness to the game of the national team. This is what is required of me, to move forward as simply as possible and do the defensive part.
“I like how he deals with each player. He cares, like every coach. It tries to fix every segment in the player. We can see calmness with the ball in every player, they are not afraid to play with the ball. This is what makes Manchester City special.”
Gvardiol joined international teammate Mateo Kovacic at the Etihad Stadium this summer, with the latter completing a £25 million move from Chelsea.
Kovacic could miss upcoming matches against West Ham and Red Star Belgrade however, after suffering an injury on international duty.
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