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How did Pep do it? Man City’s transformation stuns Hoddle

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The Citizens have won their last six games in all competitions to put them right back into the hunt for all major honors this season.

Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle can’t explain how Pep Guardiola pulled it off, but he admits Manchester City are a ‘class horse’ and the team to beat in England.

Despite a tough start to the season, a six-match winning run has sealed a spot in the EFL Cup final for City and left them seven points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, albeit with two games in hand.

“I don’t know what he’s [Guardiola] done, but they have quality players,” said Hoddle on his ‘The Glenn Hoddle Footy Show’ podcast.

“They had a little spell at the start of the season where both their centre-forwards were out and I wasn’t sure who was going to play up there. They really played with a false nine… but suddenly they’ve kicked into gear.”

Hoddle also had a word of warning for City’s domestic rivals, despite their neighbors United sitting top of the league standings.

The ex-England coach added: “The one thing that’s been consistent this year has been the inconsistency.

“But you just get that feeling that Man City are the team which is beginning to become consistent. Liverpool haven’t had it. Tottenham haven’t had it.

“The consistency has not been there. You just get the feeling Pep has them playing in the way they know they can play. They have a little bit of swagger again.

“They’re the class horse in the race and they’re coming through the rest of the field.

“They’re going to be the ones to beat in the league and the Cups.”