Manchester City has struggled in the final part of the season. A season which started out to so be promising with five straight wins in the EPL and all the pundits backing the citizens to lift the EPL; turned into a disappointing one. From winning the EPL to uncertainty whether they will finish in the top 4, Pep surely has many issues to address this summer.
Pep Guardiola will replace Pellegrini at the end of the season. The Spaniard made his mark with Barcelona and Bayern Munich as he won 20 trophies in his nine years as manager. Now, Pep faces a huge challenge to succeed with Manchester City in the most competitive league in the world.
Pep will inherit an aging squad. Manchester City has spent millions in recent years, but big money spent on the likes of Mangala, Maicon, Adebayor, Balotelli, Jovetic, Negredo, and Bony have quite frankly gone to waste. Although Manchester City has no shortage of funds, Pep has to change their transfer policy to make good use of them and turn the sky blues into a European powerhouse.
The main problem has been at the back as Manchester City has leaked goals. Mangala and Demichelis have been below par, and new signing Otamendi hasn’t had much of an impact. Additionally, it seems as if Yaya Toure’s time at the club is over. Joe Hart is a good goalkeeper but Pep’s system starts with the goalkeeper, and he wants a ball playing keeper, so the veteran’s future is also uncertain.
There will be many changes under Pep next season, and it’s vital for City to qualify for UCL this season to attract new players. Man City has a lack of depth in many positions and reinforcements need to be bought this summer. With Conte coming in at Chelsea, Klopp being settled at Liverpool and Mourinho most likely to be at United, Guardiola has a lot of work to do at Manchester City. One should expect many changes at the club next season with Pep being busy in the summer transfer market.
Words by: Hassan Shahid