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Pierre-Emile Højbjerg: ‘Bayern is the school of forming a champion’ | David Hytner

As he prepares to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg reflects on life as a Bayern Munich wunderkind and playing for Pep Guardiola

When Pep Guardiola confronted Nathan Redmond at the end of Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Southampton last November and launched into his wild-eyed preacher routine, it is fair to say it created a stir. One man inside the Etihad Stadium did not blink.

“That is the guy I got to know,” Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, the Southampton midfielder, says. “What can I say? That is Pep. I was not shocked.”

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