Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of Manchester City has recently stated that appointing Pep Guardiola as their new manager has taken their club to another level.
Question is: Putting it into perspective, will the step change be as noticeable as they’d hope?
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“I’m absolutely exited about Pep joining our team,” said Al Mubarak. “I consider Pep to be one of, if not the best manager, in football today.
“We are getting a manager that epitomises passion and commitment. He is a proven winner.”
Guardiola managed to win the Champions League twice at Barcelona, this also included a treble-winning campaign in 2008/09.
With Bayern Munich he also managed to win the German league title for three successive seasons.
Although he failed to win the Champions League with the Bundesliga outfit, something that will be top of the agenda at Man City.
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Speaking to City’s website, Al Mubarak added: “I have no doubt that he will transform our team to a new level.”
Man City have been successful recently though..
It’s not like Man City haven’t performed in recent history.
“Over three years under Pellegrini we won our second Premier League title, two League Cups and got to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time,” said Al Mubarak.
“At the same time, we also can’t hide the disappointment, particularly this year. We had high expectations for this season.”
It’s without doubt that the bunch of players at Guardiola’s disposal are talented. He’s already added Gundogan to his squad. Talk of Borussia Dortmund’s hit man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being approached too shows that has the financial power and support.
So there will be a step change in mentality due to the difference in coaching and personnel.
However, Man Utd haven’t exactly been quiet with the acquisition of Mourinho. Mourinho will nor want to come 2nd as he reacquaints himself with his La Liga rival. Chelsea will have Conte, hungry to prove himself in the Premier League.
Klopp at Liverpool is in his 1st full season now. He never had a pre-season and we all saw what devastation his attacking tactics caused last season when things just ‘fell into place…’
How will Tottenham react to finishing 3rd rather than almost winning the league. Pochettino is on an exciting journey with his young team and they will only get better.
So how do you compare the last season Vs this season with little constants and so many variables.
The best comparable for the owners is against teams in Europe. How do they hold their own?
Last season they finished at the Semi-final stage. But I’m sure Guardiola knows already he needs to win the Champions League to keep his job…!