Manchester City youngster Thierry Ambrose has revealed the obsessive lengths that manager Pep Guardiola will go to in order to ensure his side retain possession.
Ambrose is on loan NAC Breda this season, but has spent five years at the Etihad club, where he has honed his skills as a forward after initially playing at Auxerre.
Guardiola’s arrival in 2016, however, revolutionised things, with the Catalan’s attention to detail when it comes to ball retention especially astounding the 20-year-old.
“With Pep, it’s possession and more possession,” he told SFR Sport. “If you make a silly mistake, he stops training for five or 10 minutes and talk about the pass. After he’s stopped play for 10 minutes, you really don’t want to lose the ball again.”
It is not just with the first team that Guardiola has transformed City.
“He’s changed everything from the Under-6 team to the first team,” he continued.
“The reserves were in the same building as the professionals and he restarted everything. He sent us to the young guys. It’s a bonus when the guys at 10 or 11 are playing in the same way, especially when you’re trying to play out from the back with possession. It’s nice.”
Guardiola’s approach certainly appears to be paying dividends. They are 16 points clear of second-place Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table with eight games remaining, while they are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Liverpool up next.
Ambrose, meanwhile, has 10 goals in 26 Eredivisie appearances.