The pressure has been building on Pep Guardiola in the last couple of months after a few questionable results. The man who once achieved a treble in his first season in charge of the Spanish giants Barcelona, was expected to come to Manchester City to turn a squad filled with quality players into both domestic champions and European giants, and even though both could still happen, Pep has a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season to give him any chance of success. After losing 4-0 to Everton on the weekend though, it’s quite clear Pep isn’t going to get the easy ride in the Premier League he was looking for, so what will he do from here on? Below we’ll have a look at some of the things he should consider.
Will He Take Advantage of the Transfer Market?
There aren’t many players available in the last week or so of the January transfer window, and if he did dip into the market at this late stage, then a lot of fans would regard any additions as “panic buys”. Pep Guardiola hasn’t had much reason, if any at all, to panic buy with any team he has managed thus far, so we could see a different side to him in the next week or so if the weekend fixture against Tottenham doesn’t go his way.
Manchester City Players Will Need to Take Responsibility Too
It’s not just Pep Guardiola that can be blamed for Manchester City’s lack of desire to compete with the likes of Chelsea this season, as some of his players haven’t performed to the best of their abilities. Claudio Bravo hasn’t been that special in between the posts, and the likes of Yaya Toure, Kevin De Bryne, and John Stones haven’t exactly given Pep the quality he needs to do his job, so we could see some changes to ensure his players still have the hunger to get into the first team line-up.
Manchester City Need to Beat Tottenham
Tottenham arrive at the Etihad stadium on the weekend as the most in-form team in the Premier League, and with Manchester City’s loss to Everton last weekend, Tottenham will definitely be feeling confident they can further dent Manchester City’s title hopes. If Pep could choose a time for his side to start performing, it will almost certainly be against Tottenham, as they look like a different class to what they were a couple of seasons back and will definitely take some beating.
Advantage to Manchester City if they Beat Tottenham
If Manchester City do manage to perform and outclass Tottenham at the weekend though, the future will look a lot brighter for Pep, as not only will they be joint with Tottenham on points, but their next few fixtures are very much winnable. When you look at the likes of West Ham away, Swansea City at home, and Bournemouth away, you would certainly think Manchester City have the quality on paper to take maximum points from those three games. Manchester City’s next real contest will come at the Etihad stadium on the 26th of February against their local foes Manchester United, and even though in Manchester City’s current form you would likely benefit from betting on Manchester United to grind out a result, there is nothing to say Manchester City won’t be able to go into this local derby in good form and put a dent in Manchester United’s top 4 hopes.
There are still 17 games remaining in the Premier League, so Manchester City can still turn their disappointing season in the Premier League around if they get down to business, but if they are not careful, their current 5th place position could be where they finish and that would mean no Champions League football next season unless they can win it this year.