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Long ball need not be the wrong ball for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City | Paul Wilson

The City manager says he is in the job to win not to entertain but, as Napoli demonstrated, a stubborn refusal to go direct could offer opponents hope

Immediately after Saturday’s strikingly beautiful demolition of Stoke City, which came if you remember a couple of hours after Manchester United’s exercise in cautious negativity at Anfield, Pep Guardiola was asked whether he would always insist on his Manchester City team being committed to entertaining football.

No, came the somewhat surprising answer. “I am not here for entertainment. I am here to win.”

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