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Brighton chief Potter salutes Pep's legacy

 

By Ian Parker

Brighton boss Graham Potter says Pep Guardiola is the most influential coach of his lifetime and admired by managers across the world.

Potter is preparing to pit his wits against Manchester City manager Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow in what he has described as Albion's "toughest" game of the season.

Asked if he analysed the Spaniard's methods, Potter replied: "I think everybody (does), I think he's had that influence on football.

"In my lifetime, I can't think of anybody more so in terms of how he affected Barcelona and then Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.

"I think before he came the Premier League was seen as 'anybody can beat anybody' - (almost) 200 points (in two seasons) later, it's not quite the same. And that's his influence.

"I think he's one that everybody looks up to."

Speaking about facing City, Potter continued: "It's excitement and it's a great challenge that you play against the best team.

"It's always a fantastic opportunity to play against the champions, especially at their home.

"It is the toughest challenge you are going to get but a great opportunity for us to learn about ourselves."

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