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Why Pep Guardiola has failed at Manchester City this season.

Friday 28th April 2017
After another disappointing result in a big game, it's time for us to evaluate Pep Guardiola's first year in England. When the Spaniard first arrived at the Etihad, City fans wouldn't give the rest of us a word in edgeways. All we could hear was ‘we've got the best manager in the world!' Or ‘Oh look Leicester won the league playing 4-4-2, imagine what Pep's going to do with inverted full-backs.'

Fast forward eight months and Manchester City are on course to have a worse season than that of Manuel Pellegrini combined.
Let's look at this objectively, Pep Guardiola spent close to a £170m in the summer and January windows, and what has he got to show for it? A fight for the top 4. All of a sudden the world's ‘best' manager is declaring that “finishing in the top 4 is like a trophy,” how laughable. This is the same sort of rubbish we lambasted Arsène Wenger for years ago. A top 4 finish has now become the only saving grace of a very costly season for the Sky Blues.

At the start of the season, people were raving mad about the Spaniard's use of Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta as central midfielders. Many lauded him as a tactical innovator and being the much-needed breath of fresh air for the Premier League. Instead, he's just bolstered the top four race and never really looked like winning the league, he's failed on multiple angles.

A decision not so Bravo

In perhaps one of the worst footballing decisions in Premier League, Pep Guardiola brought in a sub-par keeper for an average keeper. When the Spaniard first walked through the doors he was throwing his weight around like he owned the place. He sent Joe Hart packing and cast Yaya Toure to the reserves. Fast forward 8 months and Toure is now Pep's most important player and Claudio Bravo has been City's worst, funny how things work out eh.
This season alone Claudio Bravo has only kept 6 clean sheets in 22 Premier League appearances. The Chilean averages 1.5 saves per game whilst letting in 1.18 goals per game. For all the fuss made about his on the ball skills, he's misplaced 30% of his passes from kick-off. Hopefully, Pep comes to his senses in the summer and brings back the Manchester City legend next season.

Trophy Review

For the first time in his managerial career, Josep Guardiola is going to end a season without a single trophy to his name. Here's a brief review of his silverware failure this season:

  • Dumped out the EFL Cup by their local rivals Manchester United in only the fourth round.

  • Outclassed and outsmarted by Arsène Wenger in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

  • Knocked out the Round of 16 in the Champions League after having a two-goal lead in the first leg.

  • Currently, sit 4th place in the Premier League 13 points behind the leaders.

If spending £170m and barely scraping the top four is a success, then Arsène Wenger must be the greatest manager in the world. There's no point us sugar-coating this disaster of a campaign, Pep has not improved on his predecessor's work despite firmly stamping his blueprint on the team.

In the summer I'm sure we'll see another multi-million-pound spending spree that will have people raving about City's chances of winning the league. But don't worry, we'll be here same time next year to dissect where it all went wrong, again.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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