Is Man City The Toughest Test For Pep Guardiola?
June 4, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

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Next season is going to be one of the most interesting seasons in a long time in the Premier League. Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd will all have new managers at the helm and it promises to be a very interesting battle for not only the title but the top 4 as well. We have known for some time now that Pep Guardiola will take over at the Etihad next season and after managing European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich, this looks to be Guardiola’s toughest test as a manager. With an aging squad and a raft of underperforming stars, City are not n a good position. Will Guardiola be the saviour they need or will it all end in tears?

I have to admit that I was a fan of the Man City project and liked the style of football they played. With players like Aguero, Toure and Silva they were a welcome challenge to the premier league hierarchy and their victory in that famous last game of the season in 2012 endeared them to many neutrals. That victory got the monkey off their back and many, including myself thought that would be the start of their dominance of the league. It was a false dawn however and even though they did win another title they have mostly flattered to deceive. But last season the wheels really fell off. I don’t think it’s too harsh to say that City were a disgrace. They scraped 4th place in what was a weak season and rarely played decent football. What was most alarming though was their attitude. If you watched City last season then you will have noticed that in a lot of games they simply weren’t bothered. They were overrun by really average teams again and again and their away record was embarrassing for such an expensively assembled side. When they did try in the Champions League they knocked PSG out and ran eventual winners Real Madrid close albeit they never looked like winning the tie. Simply put, City didn’t care about the league and it showed. Guardiola needs to get rid of a lot of bad apples to stop this happening again.

In truth I think Guardiola’s first season will be all about building not only a new squad but a new mentality and culture as well. City have always seemed to underachieve. And when they haven’t they have only just done enough. And they won two league titles. Imagine they overachieved? One thing they don’t have to worry about though is money. City can match any club in the world on that front so don’t be surprised to see them splash the cash again. They will need to balance the books somewhat though so expect to see more than a few players shown the exit door. Guardolia will need to rid his squad of the dead wood while also trying to revive underachieving stars like Sterling. On top of this he will need to blend the new signings into the team. No easy task!

Guardiola has some serious work to do but also has some serious talent to work with. Aguero and De Bruyne are world class and if Guardiola can get the rest of the squad to step up to the plate then City will be a force to be reckoned with. It won’t happen overnight though. Guardiola can’t sell all the dead wood and a lot of these players are on massive wages so getting them to take a pay cut to leave will be no easy task. All in all it seems like Pep faces a huge task easily the toughest of his career and no matter how it goes he will learn a lot from the experience. Not only does he need to build a squad at City but a new culture as well. They need leaders in the squad and there doesn’t seem to be many there at present. At both Barca and Bayern, Guardiola had talent and leaders in abundance so managing City will be a totally new experience for him. For all football fans next season promises to be intriguing and it will be interesting to see how Guardiola deals with the problems he faces. And we haven’t even mentioned his rivalry with The Special One yet. Roll on next season I say!

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Is Man City The Toughest Test For Pep Guardiola?
June 4, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

pep and man city

Next season is going to be one of the most interesting seasons in a long time in the Premier League. Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd will all have new managers at the helm and it promises to be a very interesting battle for not only the title but the top 4 as well. We have known for some time now that Pep Guardiola will take over at the Etihad next season and after managing European heavyweights Barcelona and Bayern Munich, this looks to be Guardiola’s toughest test as a manager. With an aging squad and a raft of underperforming stars, City are not n a good position. Will Guardiola be the saviour they need or will it all end in tears?

I have to admit that I was a fan of the Man City project and liked the style of football they played. With players like Aguero, Toure and Silva they were a welcome challenge to the premier league hierarchy and their victory in that famous last game of the season in 2012 endeared them to many neutrals. That victory got the monkey off their back and many, including myself thought that would be the start of their dominance of the league. It was a false dawn however and even though they did win another title they have mostly flattered to deceive. But last season the wheels really fell off. I don’t think it’s too harsh to say that City were a disgrace. They scraped 4th place in what was a weak season and rarely played decent football. What was most alarming though was their attitude. If you watched City last season then you will have noticed that in a lot of games they simply weren’t bothered. They were overrun by really average teams again and again and their away record was embarrassing for such an expensively assembled side. When they did try in the Champions League they knocked PSG out and ran eventual winners Real Madrid close albeit they never looked like winning the tie. Simply put, City didn’t care about the league and it showed. Guardiola needs to get rid of a lot of bad apples to stop this happening again.

In truth I think Guardiola’s first season will be all about building not only a new squad but a new mentality and culture as well. City have always seemed to underachieve. And when they haven’t they have only just done enough. And they won two league titles. Imagine they overachieved? One thing they don’t have to worry about though is money. City can match any club in the world on that front so don’t be surprised to see them splash the cash again. They will need to balance the books somewhat though so expect to see more than a few players shown the exit door. Guardolia will need to rid his squad of the dead wood while also trying to revive underachieving stars like Sterling. On top of this he will need to blend the new signings into the team. No easy task!

Guardiola has some serious work to do but also has some serious talent to work with. Aguero and De Bruyne are world class and if Guardiola can get the rest of the squad to step up to the plate then City will be a force to be reckoned with. It won’t happen overnight though. Guardiola can’t sell all the dead wood and a lot of these players are on massive wages so getting them to take a pay cut to leave will be no easy task. All in all it seems like Pep faces a huge task easily the toughest of his career and no matter how it goes he will learn a lot from the experience. Not only does he need to build a squad at City but a new culture as well. They need leaders in the squad and there doesn’t seem to be many there at present. At both Barca and Bayern, Guardiola had talent and leaders in abundance so managing City will be a totally new experience for him. For all football fans next season promises to be intriguing and it will be interesting to see how Guardiola deals with the problems he faces. And we haven’t even mentioned his rivalry with The Special One yet. Roll on next season I say!

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