Pep Guardiola was appointed as Manchester City manager at the beginning of last season after leaving Bayern Munich at the end of his contract. He replaced Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium with European success in mind.
City announced the appointment of Guardiola mid-season during the 2015/16 campaign, this had not been a surprise to much of the media who had reported it long before.
There’s a theory Pep was brought in to help the club progress in Europe, ironically however Pellegrini then went on to lead the Sky Blues to the Champions League semi-finals that exact season, the furthest they’ve ever gone in the competition.
I think City have shown signs of improvement under Pep Guardiola’s reign so far but he fell short of what most expected in his first season.
Finishing just one position higher than Pellegrini did, with no trophies and losing in the first knockout round in the Champions League to eventual semi-finalists Monaco.
Why has he found it so tough?
I think Pep found it tough entering a club where the majority of players haven’t been managed by a coach with such a demanding philosophy.
This being completely alien to Pep given the level of players he is used to managing and the effort they would put in to be the best at Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
How will he fix it?
I think Pep sees this as a project more than anything, he’s said it so often himself that City aren’t as big a club as some.
But it’s clear he’s keen to change that and the signings of Bernardo Silva from Monaco and goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica are just the beginning.
There’s a lot of talent he signed in his first year at City, such as Leroy Sane, who seems to have an awful lot in his locker and Gabriel Jesus, who’s finding no limits on the levels he could reach.
I think Pep will look to improve City’s home-grown quota by signing a few English players too. The defence is probably the key area to improve for them.
Pep will sign players that fit his philosophy and some players could hit the exit door, too.
I will make a prediction that Man City will be the biggest spenders this summer, they’ve already spent almost £100m!
When will they challenge?
I think it will take some time for the team to click and everything to fall right.
I can see them winning something like the FA Cup and doing very well in the cup competitions, though I think we’ll see their best league challenge with Pep in his third and final (?) season.
Written by Jordan Hackett
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