Every manager has their own style, and now we’ll see if Pep Guardiola can recreate his at Manchester City.
The former Barcelona player and manager has had undeniable success with both roles during his tenure, but he’s about to tackle a different animal; coaching in England.
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Guardiola’s success in the past as a coach has been predicated on the play of his stars, just as many other high-profile managers are judged. The Spaniard does have a distinct style of the play, though, and if Manchester City can execute it, they’ll not only be a fun team to watch but also in contention to win the Premier League in his first season in charge.
In the past, he’s had players like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta pulling the strings on some of the best teams that have ever been assembled, and now Guardiola is trying to put that together in an attempt to give City its third PL title in the last six years.
While Manchester United, Chelsea and reigning champions Leicester City spent big this summer to chase the Foxes at the top of the league, the Citizens went after several key players like Spanish forward Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and John Stones.
In addition to the players that were already at Guardiola’s disposal prior his arrival this summer, City just got a whole lot better and more dangerous under the first-year coach. Obviously it doesn’t mean much until you step onto the field and perform, but for now, City could very well be in contention to dethrone Leicester.
Guardiola picked out the team’s biggest needs and addressed each of them concisely, particularly the centerback and holding midfield positions. With Stones and Gundogan filling those gaps, respectively, that gives more assurances going forward for the attack.
With Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and David Silva already leading the charge, Leroy Sane’s inclusion presents another dangerous option up front for the Citizens as they look to give the rest of the PL fits at the back.
Not only did Guardiola prepare for the present though, but also the future with the signings of Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno. Additionally, the 45-year-old will also have the City academy at his disposal, which has quickly begun developing some of the top young players in Europe.
For a team that boasts as much talent on the field as it does on the bench, the rest of the PL has to be wary of the Citizens for their depth. Players like Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling, who would normally start on most teams, can be afforded to Guardiola as he looks to tinker with his lineup throughout the long PL campaign as well as various competitions that the team participates in.Follow @MattReedFutbol