Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will need time to adjust to the Premier League, according to David Moyes.
City saw off Sunderland 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on the opening day, but Guardiola’s expensively-assembled side were far from impressive and needed an early penalty a late own-goal to edge past a patched-up Black Cats team.
Guardiola has arrived with a stellar reputation after his trophy-laden years at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, with many pundits making City title favourites this season as a result.
But Moyes – who spent 12 months managing in Guardiola’s native Spain with Real Sociedad – says it will take the new man time to get to grips with the demands of the English top flight.
“Pep Guardiola is a sensationally good manager, and he has proved that by his trophies and his championships,” said Moyes.
“You have to give him time to get used to it [the Premier League] as well.
“When I went to Spain I found it was not easy, and he will find that as well coming to thePremier League.
“Obviously, the players you have to work with make a big difference, and he has got a really good group of players to work with.”
City took the lead after only five minutes against Sunderland through a Sergio Aguero penalty, before Jermain Defoe levelled 20 minutes from time.
But an 87th minute own-goal from the unfortunate Paddy McNair – who had come off the bench and was only four minutes into his debut – meant the Black Cats returned to Wearside emptyhanded.
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