Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is relishing the pressure the team will be under to impress incoming coach Pep Guardiola next season.
Guardiola will officially succeed Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium on July 1 and will bring a wealth of experience after winning 20 trophies during spells in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Argentina international Aguero is hoping the Spaniard can bring similar success to the Citizens and is looking forward to playing under such a renowned coach.
He said: “[Lionel Messi] has told me he [Guardiola] is very impressive and other players with whom I have spoken have said the same.
I think he is a coach who will put a lot of pressure on the players and we need that.”
City endured an underwhelming campaign this season, finishing fourth in the Premier League table, although they did reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history before being knocked out by Real Madrid.
Aguero believes it is crucial the team improves next season, with a new style of football under Guardiola.
He added: “There is a reason that the club invests in important players and then a coach is very important.
We hope that Pep adapts to the club and decides how we are going to play. But it is fundamental that next year we advance a bit more.”
The Citizens are priced at 2.63 to win the Premier League during Guardiola’s first season at the helm.