Pep Guardiola’s first game as the Manchester City manager was by no means a cake walk and it took him a penalty and an own goal to get his first Premier League victory against a team that barely survived relegation last term. There were not too many positives for the Citizens and their team will only look to improve from here. Every coach needs time to implement his ideas with the players he has and so does Pep. The kind of signings he has made give a clear idea of his thinking which is replacing the aging players in his squad with young and fresh players, who are hungry to do well in the world’s best league and who better to do that than under than the former Barcelona manager himself.
So if anybody is thinking that Pep will have problems in the Premier League and will fail miserably, let me tell you it’s too early to say that just because of one game. Further, his side proved the same in their second match against Stoke with a comprehensive 4-1 win.
Many people had criticised the Spaniard for spending so much on young players while his counterpart in the red half of Manchester City were going for sheer quality and specialists but people don’t understand what exactly City needed. With the average age of the city squad being close to 27-28, they needed to sign younger players and have them compete for each and every trophy, whereas the Red Devils on the other hand needed experience and performers, yet characters at the same time, which is exactly what Jose Mourinho bought.
It may turn out to be a complete disaster for Pep and Manchester City or he may turn them into a world class team but the early signs have been encouraging so far and if his team keep improving as they proved at the Britannia Stadium, they will surely win some major titles in the current campaign.
With so much up for grabs this term and so many big managers in the top flight of English football, there is a serious requirement to have the depth in the squad, along with quality. Aguero is a class apart at the Etihad, though the others have failed to replicate performances similar to him, when he is not fit. This is one area where the boss would want to focus on and find a solution to.
Kelechi Iheanacho could be the man to do so if given the right kind of opportunities and guidance by Pep, though the manager has signed some renowned scorers in the current transfer window, to keep the goals coming.
Apart from that, he has already signed John Stones to make his back-line much more solid than what it looked last season under ex-boss Manuel Pellegrini. The Otamendi-Stones pairing might eventually be a huge hit at the club and might bring about some stability in defence to make City a top team not just in England, but Europe, in the years to come.