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Pep Guardiola needs to make changes at Manchester City or risk being axed

Friday 7th July 2017
The appointment of Pep Guardiola as the manager at the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2016 was what everyone thought would be the beginning of good tidings in the club. The Spaniard arrived regarded as one of the most intelligent and creative coaches of the modern game, and his trophy cabinet is an attestation to that.
In Spain, he helped Barcelona climb to the top of the game, recording fourteen trophy wins – including two European honours – over a period of four years at the Camp Nou

In Germany, where he coached Bayern Munich for three years, his tactics earned him further success, which includes three Bundesliga titles in a row and two domestic cup victory, although his inability to withstand the Champions League competition suggested that Guardiola only sustained the club's standing rather than improve their quality as expected.

The 46-year-old's style of play and management and his various achievement on-pitches has made one of the most reputable managers of this time.

However, a new season is just around the corner, and after Guardiola's trophy less debut season with Manchester City, he needs to prove his worth. Despite starting on a good note, winning all ten of their opening fixture in all competitions, the team was struck with inconsistency, defensive failings and their inability to get past the lesser team on their terrain.

City finished third-placed in the Premier League, 15 points behind Champions Chelsea, got knocked out from two domestic cups and dropped out of the Champions League in the round of last-sixteen. On the whole, the campaign was a flop compared to Manchester City's high standard.

However, the Spaniard must buckle up and ensure he turns City to genuine contenders on all fronts next season and should keep note that failure to keep up with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur will see the club's hierarchy begin to lose hope in his ability to move the club forward.

The Millions of pounds invested in the club should bring the desired result and not just make them the third best team in English football.

Much pressure will be exerted on Pep Guardiola due to his record levels of spending in the transfer market. Manchester City is expected to invest close to £250 million on bringing in new players during the summer and this is in addition to the big names like John Stones, Leroy Sane, Claudio Bravo and Gabriel Jesus that the club signed last summer.

City has already dished out £34 million to Benfica for goalkeeper Ederson. Guardiola has spent over £60 million since he took over the reins at the Etihad Stadium in an effort to provide a solution to their goalkeeping crisis that many thought to be non-existent. His decision to relegate Joe Hart to the bench in favor of Claudio Bravo, who not only cost the club financially but also on the pitch through several high profile mistakes, created a problem that is yet to be resolved.

Monaco winger Bernardo Silva has just been signed in a £43 million deal. Tottenham Hotspurs' Kyle Walker, according to Manchester Evening News, is a top target for Guardiola, while former Juventus full-back Dani Alves and Arsenal Alexis Sanchez could become a part of City squad come next season.

If City are able to convince all their target of a move, then their summer spending would likely hit the £250 million mark.

It is clear that Guardiola needs to be on his feet in anticipation of the next campaign as his first tam squad still requires a major rework – which begs the question, can he be done with the rebuilding soon enough?

The current squad still needs to be straightened out, having a vast collection of attacking talents but with weak on the defensive front.

Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta have all taken their leave of the Etihad Stadium leaving behind only Vincent Kompany, who has out for most of the entire duration of the previous season due to injuries, and the unseasoned John Stone as the only notable and reliable defensive options.

Guardiola is well known for attack-minded tactics but last season proved he has to improve the quality of his backline.

Pep Guardiola took over the mantle at City with the hope he would take the club to the top of world football – holding on to the club's domestic success while also putting the European giant to the chase. In truth, his first season at the club was a failure and a repetition of such performance will not sit well with the club's hierarchy.
Adebayo Temitope

Temitope, an ardent soccer fan. I may be based in Lagos but I watch as much European football as I can. I've been writing about football for several years, before I joined IRIAW you may have seen my work on The Football Weeks. I'm also a keen music fan


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