Pep Guardiola arrived as the most highlighted coach of the World in the Premier League. It was a great achievement for Manchester City to join and also remain as a part of the elite of European football.
After the sudden takeover of Sheikh Mansour in September 2008, it has been a difficult journey for Manchester City. The club used to eat its way through managers in their previous times just for the sake of fun. But in the nine year period they have only employed Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pallegrini and Pep Guardiola.
The relative stability has given the first trophies that the club had seen since the mid 70’s under the guidance of Mancini and Pellegrini’s era also brought the same for the club. Some are being very impatient about the fact that there has been not much achievement even after spending a lot on the City. Domestic cups like the FA cup, two league cups and two premier league titles have been flooded but there has been very little progress in the European cups. The club appeared in the semi final of the Champions league last season but it was first time for them which was also spoilt by Pellegrini’s ultra-cautious mindset.
Guardiola’s arrival in Man City gave them a true football luminary after a long chase. The Catalan had built success at Bayern Munich and he was responsible for the Johan Cruyff inspired system at Barcelona. It seemed as if he had the Midas touch and city wanted a part of it.
Guardiola’s accordance with the club witnessed the growing stature of City. Money is considered as one of the ubiquitous factor in sports these days and Pep Guardiola’s salary could bring water to the eyes.
After a lame end of Pellegrini’s stay of three years, it was believed that Guardiola could make everything alright by just spreading his expensive jacket on the back of the chair and preach.
But the English and England football presents a set of challenging set of characteristics which makes it a little difficult for a newcomer and it takes some time to get in terms with. For Guardiola is was even more tough as the team started with a stretch of 10 straight wins out of the starting block last August which burdened him with more expectations.
Guardiola started with some slightly brittle answers to the media which helped him in making opponents in the media. He was titled as “rude” and “impolite” and his team was misfiring distancing themselves from the top of the table.
The spurs have been the most compelling team in the Premier League this season and they took City to the cleaners in October. The draw will be unforgettable for years where the spurs came back with no mental toughness and commendable cleverness. But it was also noticeable that when the City play like this they can match any side.
Guardiola is learning the English game even though he is restricted by personnel problems. The signs at the Etihad on Saturday showed everyone that the coach will turn the City side into a deserving fanfare sooner or later.