Marco Bielsa described Guardiola as ‘magical’.
Man City will play Leeds United at the Etihad on a Saturday afternoon.
Previously Guardiola admitted that Bielsa was influential in his younger days as a manager and always looked up to him as a role model.
Marco Bielsa described City manager Pep Guardiola as someone ‘magical’.
Guardiola said: “I’m overwhelmed, I feel weird.
“He’s the most honest person. I’m pretty sure what he says is what he believes. He doesn’t say or do anything for the media for the reputation of himself.
“That’s why I’m overwhelmed. Everyone knows the admiration and respect (I have for him), the way he helped me in my beginnings.
“Always he’ll be there in my heart and that’s why I am always, ‘Wow’. Always I feel I don’t deserve it because if there’s one person who can search or find the secrets, the way we want to do it, the way we want to play, it’s him, through his work ethic and especially his knowledge about the game.
“I know how tough it will be on Saturday at 12.30 but hopefully we’ll be prepared to compete because, as part of this, we are three games away from being champions and this is another opportunity to make a bigger step.”