The emergence Spanish left-back Angelino has been one of the brighter stories to come out of Manchester City this season. After making his move from the youth-team to the first-team this season, Angelino has been talking about life under Guardiola.
For those of you who aren’t too familiar with the Spaniard, Angelino gathered quite a reputation playing for Patrick Vieira’s EDS side for his ability to bomb forward at every opportunity – ultimately causing havoc towards the opposition defences.
Now in his new role as a first-teamer, Angelino believes his preparation for this season had started long before Guardiola’s arrival. Last season, he went on-loan to City’s sister club New York City FC, and he represented the Bronx outfit ten times.
“It feels good to be with the first team and with many of us coming up this year it shows that the club really care about the academy,” he said.
“I went to New York to get ready for this season. That really helped me, and I was expecting it this year. I just gave it my maximum – we all did – and got my prize.” Angelino told the Manchester Evening News.
Angelino believes his time with former City EDS manager, and now NYCFC head coach, Patrick Vieira has set him up ideally to adapt to Pep Guardiola’s infamous style of play.
“Some of us are used to it with Patrick Vieira,” he said. “It hasn’t changed a lot; it is almost the same training as we used to do with Patrick. It’s not a big difference.”
“[Guardiola is] hard [on us] when he needs to be, but obviously he’s a genius. He knows the solution every time. All the staff are really good.
“Hopefully I get a few more games. I’ll just keep working hard and see how it ends.”