What We Learnt From Pep Guardiola’s First Press Conference As Manchester City Manager
Pep Guardiola addressed the media today and reimbursed his belief in the philosophy he has installed at his two previous clubs, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Pep has promised the City faithful ‘Beautiful Football’ ahead of the coming 2016/2017 season.
What We Learnt From Pep Guardiola's First Press Conference As Manchester City Manager
Despite being ‘comfortable’ at Bayern, the 45 year old Spaniard wanted another test in his career and also played down the job he did in Spain after stating he had ‘absolutely everything’ whilst at Barca. Pep spoke at length about his belief in adapting his style of play to work in the English game as well as his excitement of the busy schedule the Premier League has over the winter, whereas other teams he has managed have always had a winter break. Guardiola may have ruffled a few feathers already though but not of Jose Mourinho’s but of Sam Allardyce after he called Big Sam’s style of football ‘simple’.
Pep reiterated his faith in the current squad by stating he is counting on them all especially Captain Vincent Kompany, who dreams of having fit for the entire season and talismanic midfielder Yaya Toure. However don’t be surprised if he we see money bags City delve into the Transfer Market frequently over the next month to build a squad Pep sees fit to play ‘Tiki Taka’ football. City have already signed Spanish winger Nolito from Celta Vigo for £13.8 Million, Aaron Mooy from sister club Melbourne City however he has already been loaned out Huddersfield and Oleksandr Zinchenko from FC Ufa.
City have been linked with Leonardo Bonucci after having a £38 Million bid rejected by Juventus, they are expected to go back in with a £43 Million bid soon. Don’t be surprised if Pep signs another striker to back up Sergio Aguero as Bony may not fit the bill under the Spaniard. Also don’t be surprised to see a Central Midfielder join the Citizens as well as Ilkay Gundogan who has signed but will remain out injured for a long period of the season.
Pep has said he is pleasantly satisfied with the youth set up and the standard of the young players coming through the system at the Etihad. Kelechi Iheanacho will be hoping to play even more of a vital role in the coming season and will hope to impress in the coming weeks to improve his chances of starting against Sunderland on 13th August.
Man City are the clear bookies favourites to lift the 2016/2017 Premier League trophy at top odds of 5/2 with Betfred. For Champions League glory they are best priced 12/1 with bet365.