What’s Guardiola’s Plan?
The world’s most sought after manager has officially begun his Manchester City managerial career. He was unveiled in front of thousands of City supporters during a weekend at their academy campus. Questions came from both the press and the squad in what was a quite extraordinary weekend. A few days later Pep was quizzed in a full press conference about his plans for City. He passed the grilling with flying colours. So what will he have to do at City to make them the most dominate team in the country?
Revamp The Squad
Guardiola has previously inherited brilliant squads. His Barcelona side boasted one of the greatest ever players, and his Bayern Munich team has just won a treble and was packed with world class quality. Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito have been Guardiola’s two major signings, but you feel as though there are many more to come. City have an ageing squad and bringing youth into the team is essential.
When it comes to youth Guardiola has a fantastic record. He brought through a number of players whilst at Barcelona, including Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Bojan and Thiago Alacantra. He has also said that he can’t work wait to work with the City youth academy, who arguably have the best facilities in the world when it comes to developing youth. Teams in England are hugely criticised for not producing enough youngsters, so hopefully Pep can buck the trend.
Become The Number One Team In Manchester
Much has been made of the Guardiola – Mourinho rivalry. The two have clashed on several occasions and their rivalry is intensely fiery. Guardiola is possibly one of the few managers in the world who has a better record over his counterpart. It was clear to see just how much the Spaniard got under Mourinho’s skin during his time with Barcelona. That poke at Tito Vilanova is prime evidence. The Manchester derby will surely now rival ‘El Clasico’ as the biggest game in the world, and with it coming only five games into the season it should be something special. Neither manager has talked about the rivalry much with the two sets of coaches, saying ‘It’s not just about the two of them.’
How Do We Know He’s The Right Man For The Job?
Quite frankly his record speaks for itself. 12 major honours in just seven full years as a manager is a fantastic record. Nobody can doubt his pedigree for the job. He is also the most famous manager in the world still managing, apart from possibly Mourinho. It is exactly where the City owners want their club to be at the centre of world football. So is he the right man for the job. Quite simply yes.
No matter what happens, it should be a fantastic season. City and United are the two favourites for the title, but with arguably the best ever set of managers in the league, could it be the best Premier League season ever?