Speaking to the press ahead of Feyenoord's opening Champions League clash against the Citizens on Wednesday night, the 42-year-old Dutchman praised Guardiola's approach to football during his time at Barcelona, where both managers made their names during their playing careers.
Van Bronckhorst said: "[Pep] is a great manager. He's a big inspiration for me, he's won everything to win as a coach as FC Barcelona. It's very good to see. He has his own vision and he lets the players play the way he wants. For me, he's a big inspiration."
The former Dutch fullback, who was part of the winning Barcelona team in 2006 after beating Arsenal 2-1 in the final in Paris, also claimed that Manchester City have what it takes to win the Champions League this season.
Van Bronckhorst said: "[Man City] had a good start. I've seen a couple of matches this season and it is one of the best teams in Europe. A squad like City, with players with a lot of quality and experience - for me it is one of the teams who can win the Champions League."
City are heading into tonight's match off the back of a 5-0 victory over Liverpool at the weekend.