The 26-year-old Germany worldwide midfielder has made two Premier League appearances for City this season having returned from a nine-month knee injury lay-off as a substitute in the 6-0 Premier League win at Watford on September 16. Listen to the latest episode and subscribe to the podcast on Deezer and iTunes.
"He's in the tradition of Ajax's Rinus Michels and Cruyff".
"He has carried forward total football even more", Sacchi said. He is a great coach and Manchester City play in his way with a real style. It comes from Ajax.
However, for all City's brilliance, Sacchi warned it would premature to consider the two-time Premier League winners clear favourites this season.
"So I think if you give one of those top managers a league, I think they'll bite your hand off".
Sacchi was also full of praise for the Premier League, describing Manchester City's recent 1-0 win over Chelsea as one of the best matches he has ever seen.
"It's a very exacting league", the Italian explained.
"I watched Chelsea vs Manchester City and it seemed like a different sport".
"In my next life, I want to coach in England!" "I believe this season an English club can go a long way in the Champions League", he added.
Renowned for placing a major emphasis on his teams retaining possession and playing the ball out from the back, Guardiola has demonstrated his tactical flexibility in recent seasons, which has included him using inverted full-backs at times and frequent switches of formation.
City went into the second global break of the season on a high after beating Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and could break away from the rest of the pack this weekend, as they host Stoke City a few hours after Manchester United face a hard trip to Anfield.