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Pep Guardiola believes Dean Smith will have a massive impact on Leicester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said new Leicester City interim boss Dean Smith would have a massive impact on the club.

The Foxes are in the relegation zone after a poor second half of the season. They dismissed head coach Brendan Rodgers.

Leicester City hired Smith earlier this week to lead them until the end of the season. The club is still looking for a permanent head coach, with Graham Potter the favourite for the job.

However, Guardiola believes that Smith can be massive for the club as they find themselves in unfamiliar territory (the relegation zone).

When asked about the prospect of facing Smith, Guardiola said (via Man City’s website): “It is not easy. We know from experience.”

“First of all, I am really happy he is back. The first time we played against Aston Villa and Norwich and I know from Jack [Grealish] how exceptional a person he is and the good vibes he creates.

“That will help Leicester right now. It is always uncomfortable as I did not see one way or the other [in Smith’s play].

“We will have to adapt in the first 15 minutes because I do not know what they will do.

“I am pretty sure when you have a new manager in this situation, his impact on Leicester will be massive.”

Manchester City want to continue their solid unbeaten run. They have not lost any of their last 13 games in all competitions. They have won their last nine.

City have put down giants like Arsenal, RB Leipzig, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich in that run.

They want to keep the pressure on Arsenal as the Premier League title chase enters the final stretch. The Cityzens are six points behind the league leaders.

However, they have played one game less and have an upcoming tie against the Gunners at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite being behind in the race, many believe the Premier League champions will catch Arsenal and clinch the title.

Former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is one of those. City goalkeeper Ederson has also backed his team to pip Arsenal to the title.

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