Pep Guardiola’s impact in the Premier League can’t be disputed and it is looking more and more likely that he will turn Manchester City into English football’s most dominant club, just as he did in his previous roles at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, who ruled Spain and Germany respectively during his time there.
City are going from strength to strength in the Premier League, and under Guardiola, look like nobody will be able to stop them picking up the title in May. There is also every chance that other trophies will be heading to the Etihad, with the FA Cup, League Cup and most importantly, Champions League, still on the agenda.
The most remarkable thing about Guardiola’s time with City is the fact it took him so long to adapt, with the club suffering a trophyless 2016/17 campaign under their Spanish boss, who defiantly claimed he was under no extra pressure following last year’s failure. However, things have turned around this season and if City fail to pick up silverware, there will be plenty of people eating their words heading into the summer.
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City’s turnaround in the last year has been remarkable and there is genuine belief that we are currently witnessing the best group of players to have ever graced the Premier League, managed by one of the most remarkable coaches, who have helped to completely transform the way football is played.
Guardiola’s style is attractive and any genuine football fan would love to watch City play; attacking in numbers, with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva pulling the strings, whilst Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling flood forwards feeding the club’s most prolific ever striker in Sergio Aguero.
One of Guardiola’s biggest success stories has been the transformation of Sterling, who is developing into one of English football’s biggest talents, turning in impressive performance after impressive performance at the Etihad Stadium. Perhaps behind just Harry Kane, Sterling is England’s form player heading into a World Cup year, and is a lock at 1/20 in the international football betting markets to be on the plane to Russia.
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Last year, there was a feeling that some of City’s stars, including Sterling, weren’t buying into Guardiola’s philosophy, or at the very least failing to adapt to his demanding style, which has proved to be so successful over the course of his illustrious career. But, this season, it is a joy to watch, with everyone at the Etihad pulling in the same direction, with Guardiola managing to combine attacking style with defensive steel, even with De Bruyne and Silva operating as box-to-box midfielders, with the duo even described as the best double act in the Premier League by teammate, Fernandinho.
There is a long way to go, not just this season, but in years to come, and Guardiola will have to continue on his upward incline if he is to ever be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and even Jose Mourinho, in the future.
However, it seems like 2017/18 will be a special campaign in City’s history, and but for a horrendous dip in form, one that could live long in the memory at the Etihad Stadium. Key to that is Guardiola, and no matter how good City’s squad is, the praise must go to the club’s manager, who is now tasked with putting the club up there with Barca and Bayern.