Guardiola’s Most Difficult Job

Manchester City were knocked out of the Champions League against Monaco last night, Pep Guardiola’s men are also off the pace in the Premier League – This is definitely Guardiola’s biggest challenge yet.

Blessed with an array of talent at this previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Manchester City need to be rebuilt. Whilst there is obvious talent in the squad, there is simply not enough of it. Manchester City have almost an unlimited bank balance for Guardiola to buy the players he so craves. It looks set to be a busy summer in the transfer market at the Etihad.

I have watched Manchester City on a number of occasions this season, the thing that struck me is the consistency of the team. One week they could breathtaking to watch, the following week you will be watching through your fingers. The City defence is not good enough to win the Premier League never mind the Champions League. City’s defence is their biggest weakness, John Stones has a lot of potential but he needs experience next to him. With Kompany constantly in the treatment room, Guardiola must look for a dominating centre back. Kolarov was Stones’ partner last night, that says it all really. Stones may get slated at times, however people must remember that the lad is only 22. Stones still has a lot of developing to do and Guardiola is the man to oversee that development.

The goalkeeping situation is another worry, Guardiola probably wouldn’t admit it but his decision to let Hart go was the wrong one. Claudio Bravo may come good but he looks like a rabbit caught in headlights at times. The Manchester City manager has favoured Willy Caballero recently, however you feel he always has a mistake in him. Joe Hart should have been allowed to prove his worth, he is a commanding figure in the dressing room something I think City have lacked this season.

There will be the cynics who think Guardiola is not up to the challenge because he has not walked into a team filled with top class players. Guardiola is facing something new, however the Spaniard knew what he was walking into when he decided to take over at the Etihad. It was never going to be a quick fix. City need to sign some big name players this summer, it would give everyone a lift at the club. Maybe Guardiola has underestimated the enormity of the task in front of him, especially in the Champions League surely he knew that the defence he put out last night would get turned over. The frustrating thing for the City fans is that most of the time the defenders are not even doing the basics right.

Guardiola is a world class manager, given time he will have great success at City. I would like to see him stay for a longer period than his average of three years. The City manager still has a chance of winning the FA Cup, his team face Arsenal in the semi-finals at the end of April. Though this season may be seen as a disappointment, City fans have a bright future to look forward to, as long as Guardiola is around.