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A work in progress – the best of Pep will take a while to materialise at Man City

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The Catalan has landed and he will be expected to improve Man City standing immediately following a poor season last time out that saw them just barely scrape into the Champions L…

Here he comes – Pep Guardiola – the manager Manchester City planned to have in place for the last four years. From the moment the former Barcelona executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain arrived at Eastlands in 2012, this was the end goal. Guardiola – the biggest signing in the club’s history – is no less a coup for the bench than Lionel Messi would be for the field.

He is the best manager in the world, possesses a clear vision that has transformed football utterly and – unlike his ideological inspirations like Marcelo Bielsa and Juanma Lillo – actually has a proven track record when it comes to winning trophies.

City is like nothing Pep’s ever faced before. His job at Barcelona was a case of restoring one of Europe’s best clubs to their perch; not only did he do that but gave them their most successful period in history. At Bayern, again, he took on a club steeped in national and continental success. He met – if not exceeded – the expectations there

Here he comes – Pep Guardiola – the manager Manchester City planned to have in place for the last four years. From the moment the former Barcelona executives Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain arrived at Eastlands in 2012, this was the end goal. Guardiola – the biggest signing in the club’s history – is no less a coup for the bench than Lionel Messi would be for the field.

He is the best manager in the world, possesses a clear vision that has transformed football utterly and – unlike his ideological inspirations like Marcelo Bielsa and Juanma Lillo – actually has a proven track record when it comes to winning trophies.

City is like nothing Pep’s ever faced before. His job at Barcelona was a case of restoring one of Europe’s best clubs to their perch; not only did he do that but gave them their most successful period in history. At Bayern, again, he took on a club steeped in national and continental success. He met – if not exceeded – the expectations there

Guardiola will be expecting his defenders to be comfortable enough on the ball to play meaningful passes from their sector as well as in midfield and there is no certainty that Kompany can do it. There have been errors as a remodelled backline comes to grips with the boss’s demands; Tosin Adarabioyo and Willy Caballero have provided evidence that City must adapt fast to being comfortable on the ball in their own half. Hence, John Stones has been prised from Everton and will set the standard for the new way City play from the back.

There are pressing issues in the full-back positions too where Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Aleksandr Kolarov could all conceivably be improved upon. A move for Hector Bellerin came to nothing while Angelino could yet be promoted to left-back contention.

It is a poor indictment both on the recruitment of Begiristain and the underwhelming nature of the players’ performances last season that Guardiola’s preferred XI would probably feature as many as five new signings and more if he could get them. As it stands, Stones and Leroy Sane should go straight in the team while Oleksandr Zinchenko and South Americans Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno are more for the future. It will take time for the best of Pep and his new players to materialise.

Gundogan – when fit – will be a vital component in Guardiola’s midfield. There is still no guarantee on what formation the new manager will settle upon – if any – but ball retention in the midfield will be a huge part of any system he comes to implement.

Nolito can provide alternatives in two or three different attacking positions but might not have the overall quality to be a star in this team. The front line will be packed with talent regardless.  Sane is among the best prospects in European football while Raheem Sterling is in need of guidance but remains a thrilling winger. Sergio Aguero will of course be depended upon for goals but he will frustrate his manager if he cannot stay fit for prolonged spells. Last season’s big signing Kevin de Bruyne will be the glue to hold it all together.

That means David Silva – arguably the greatest player in City’s history – is not yet assured of an important role in the team. Yaya Toure and the aforementioned Kompany could also be among the group signed early in the reign of the Abu Dhabi Investment Group who might also fall down the pecking order. Eliaquim Mangala, Wilfried Bony and Samir Nasri were all left out of the Champions League squad list and have been instructed to find new clubs. Big changes are coming.

His obsession with players’ fitness has extended to the banning of pizza and certain juices while anyone deemed overweight will be excluded from first-team training as Nasri has already found out.

Guardiola’s City will take shape bit by bit but he is already laying down the groundwork. 

 

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