It is time for Pep Guardiola to prove his credentials at Manchester City

It is time for Pep Guardiola to prove his credentials at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City with big promises last summer. Before his move to Premier League, he had enjoyed a lot of success with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but many argued that the Spaniard's job was made easy by the talent at his disposal at both of his jobs. The City job was quite different. He was required to build a new team without any support from the youth academy, and carry the club to the heights they have …
Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

Pep v Jose - Which £1bn Manager Will Be Last Man Standing?

The dust has settled on a distracting transfer window and the Premier League can kick on in earnest, until January anyway. Three game weeks into the season, most pundits are betting on the title heading into the city of Manchester, come May. It is widely expected that both United  and City will dominate this season, and with good reason. In Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, both clubs have two of the most respected and successful managers in the game, and …
Manchester City Champions League Group Preview: An Open but Challenging Group

Manchester City Champions League Group Preview: An Open but Challenging Group

The English Premier League must be without any doubt, the league where the managers are under the most pressure. If a manager has been phenomenally successful elsewhere and if he starts managing a big team in the Premier League, he cannot rest on his past laurels. If he is lucky, he might get a season to settle in, but when the next season rolls in results are expected and demanded. Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola, both are in this situation …
Why Manchester City Supporters Should be Excited by the Capture of Danilo

Why Manchester City Supporters Should be Excited by the Capture of Danilo

Pep Guardiola knew that he had to strengthen his full-back options this summer if Manchester City were to seriously challenge for major honours and that has happened. The Citizens have signed their second full-back of the window in the form of Danilo. The Brazilian arrives for a fee of £26.5 million from Real Madrid. He is capable of playing on either flank and will provide fierce competition in the City squad. Although the 26-year-old failed to break into the team …
Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

Why Frank de Boer could be destined to fail at Crystal Palace

They very often say that the game of football is entrenched in tradition and it’s tradition itself that has hindered its progress over the years. It’s always wonderful to have something desirable to hark back on, but the borderline that separates evolution from tradition never blurs out when it actually must. And rightly so, Chris Anderson and David Sally open their book ‘The Numbers Game’ by criticising football’s tendency to never stop taking a dip into the primitive. It says: …
Is This a Golden Age for Managerial Talent in the Premier League?

Is This a Golden Age for Managerial Talent in the Premier League?

The Premier League is reaching a golden age when it comes to managerial talent. The managers of the top six sides are Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino. They would all be contenders for any top job in world football and to have them all competing in the same league is incredible. Barring Pochettino, they have all already had successful careers with lots of trophies between them. Although it was once true, there …
Bernardo Silva can be Revolutionary not just for Pep, but for the Premier League

Bernardo Silva can be Revolutionary not just for Pep, but for the Premier League

Watching a certain Bernardo Silva run rings around the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham in the Champions League would certainly have whetted the appetites of many top clubs of Europe. The little Portuguese, who often seems to play like a fuse of David Silva and Lionel Messi, has got this unerring knack for lifting you off your seat and rattle defenders with glimpses of vivacity and verve. His physique hardly oozes dominance, but it’s his panache that is enough …
Bernardo Silva to Manchester City: A Good Fit

Bernardo Silva to Manchester City: A Good Fit

The overhaul at Manchester City has begun and it is not an incoming transfer that is reflective of this. It is the number, quality, and age of the City players whose contract comes to an end at the end of June, which signal the change that Pep Guardiola is ushering in. Pablo Zabaleta, Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Bacary Sagna are all names that a few years back would have been considered worthy signings for a top four …
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