Manager Pep Guardiola said defending the league title this season was the biggest challenge since taking charge at Manchester City.
Coach Guardiola is considered the best coach of all time, beyond the 21st century. He won numerous trophies with Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City and left a mark in the world of football tactics. Many managers were influenced by his tactical philosophy, and finding a way to counter his tactics was considered a ‘challenge’.
He even completely changed the identity of a club. Manchester City is the main character. Before Guardiola took office, Manchester City was just an ‘emerging powerhouse.’ After acquiring the club’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, the team grew rapidly thanks to capital and won the league title in the 2011-12 season. Since then, they have become a team that makes people look forward to something every season, including reaching the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
But that was it. Not only was there no clear color, but it also did not show an overwhelming performance. However, since Guardiola took office, Manchester City has surpassed England and become the best team in the world. In seven seasons, they lifted as many as five Premier League (PL) trophies, and even achieved the English FA Cup, English Football League Cup (EFL Cup), and last season’s long-awaited UCL title.
Man City became such an ‘overwhelming’ team. They were a strong candidate to win the league this season as well. But the situation so far is not very good. After the league opened, they showed consistent performance by winning all 6 games, but then lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal in a row and fell to 3rd place in the league. ‘Ace’ Kevin De Bruyne is on the list of long-term absences due to injury, and Erling Haaland is not showing the same aura as last season. In addition, many players are suffering from injuries and other difficulties.토스카지노 도메인
Coach Guardiola also acknowledged this situation. He said defending the title this season would be his toughest challenge since joining Manchester City. At a press conference held ahead of the game against Brighton, he said, “It’s important to break the flow quickly, because in the PL, if you let yourself be a little relaxed, your competitors will soar.”
He added: “It will be difficult to catch them. It’s getting more difficult every season. We have to accept that we face the most difficult challenge ever. We have to accept that other teams are better and we have to improve.”