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25 June 2017

Pep Guardiola was a role model for Liam Rosenior when growing up.

Brighton & Hove Albion defender Liam Rosenior paid tribute to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and expressed his excitement to come up against the Spaniard’s team on the opening day of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

The Seagulls open their first-ever Premier League campaign with the visit of City on Saturday 12th August, with the reverse fixture taking place at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 17th March.

Rosenior - who is looking to go into management after playing - expressed his excitement for Albion’s meeting with the former Barcelona boss, and showed the respect he holds for Guardiola - as both a player and coach.

“He’s somebody I’ve looked up to so much. Not many people are old enough to remember watching him as a player, but when I was growing up - practising on my own - I used to pretend to be him.

“He was my favourite player when growing up. What I loved about him was his intelligence as a player, and he’s taken that into his coaching career.

“He managed and created a team at Barcelona which is probably the best team in history.

“The fact that he’s now at Manchester City and we’re playing them on the first day, it means a lot to me and he’s somebody that I’ll always look to - not just as a player, but as a future coach.”

Rosenior took another step towards gaining his UEFA Pro Licence qualification in May - read about it here.

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