Manchester City made some noise today by publicly announcing that Pep Guardiola will indeed become the club’s new coach starting this summer on a three-year deal from Bayern Munich.
The 45-year-old has had an illustrious career thus far, coaching Barcelona to 14 trophies from 2009-2012 before eventually joining Bayern Munich in 2013. Here he won two Bundesliga titles and is on his way to a third-straight.
The former Spanish international enjoys deploying his team in a 4-3-3, 4-1-4-1, 4-2-3-1 or a 3-4-3 as diversity of formations helps to keep their game unpredictable. Possession is his style as long as they can create clear chances with the majority of them finding the back of the net.
Guardiola is a no-nonsense type of coach but he also insists that each and every one of his players enjoys playing the game. He knows how to get the very best from the players occupying each of the 11 available positions on the field.
Winning is what it is all about as he has proven so with both big clubs that he has coached.
However, he is still human and that showed the year Real Madrid went on to win the 2014 Champions League.
Real Madrid won 1-0 in the home-leg before easily demolishing Guardiola’s Bayern in the second-leg in Bavaria, 4-0… all thanks to the good old tactic of the counter-attack.
After the loss, Guardiola would apologize for getting that one wrong. His club simply forgot to defend against a club that executed wonderfully on the counter because they wanted to score that badly.
If there is one aspect of his game that needs improving it is definitely defense. Manchester City has mainly played in a 4-2-3-1 under coach Manuel Pellegrini throughout his three seasons at the helm, which means Guardiola has to either stick with it or implement his other choices before the new season commences in August.
The Spaniard will have his work cut out for him as he will need to assess the players at hand and think long and hard about who he would like to bring aboard to be part of his new legacy.
Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Otamendi, Alexandar Kolarov, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Kelechi Iheanacho, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Fernandinho, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala, Gael Clichy and some other youth products are who will have an easier time proving they belong under his guidance.
The aforementioned list of talent is above average for sure, but by signing a coach of his caliber, Manchester City better be ready to bring in some expensive new talent.