Doom merchants fail to see Man City’s improvement under Guardiola


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.


Barcelona and Real Madrid suspend European Super League Talks


Barcelona and Real Madrid have recently confirmed with the La Liga officials about their withdrawal from any involvement with a breakaway European Super League for the time being. The teams have decided to stay dedicated and focused towards their participation in Spain’s domestic division for the near future.

La Liga clubs held a private meet in Manchester over the past two days to discuss the details of building a more united approach domestically and also internationally. The intension of the meet is to achieve a growing financial strength of the Premier League.

La Liga’s director general of marketing, Adolfo Bara said that Barcelona and Real Madrid have given an amnesty in concern with the European Super League. He also mentioned about their future plans and global strategy. Both the teams have a stronger united approach and alignment for the growth of La Liga.

Bara came up with a series of presentations for the clubs in Manchester. They also visited the Etihad stadium of the Manchester City. The clubs were briefed about the benefits of a better collective approach for issues such as the sale of television rights and also the circulation of income.

The main motive of La Liga to call the clubs to Manchester was to organise a meet with the senior officials. The officers from different offices of different parts of the world were in the city for the Soccerex Global Convention. It was a great opportunity for the clubs to get acquainted with the beneficiary ideas of the officials.

There was a debate earlier this year on a European Super League which was followed by various news reports stating that some of the England’s leading sides held a meet to discuss their idea. According to the reports, Susana Monje, Barcelona’s financial Vice-president backed the idea soon after the meeting was held.

Two of the leading club’s of Spain have been the leading voices on the European Super League controversies since the first event of disapproval around 20 years ago.

Bara mentioned that the amnesty does not mean that the European Super League controversy is resolved. He also said that La Liga will maintain a careful relationship with two of the most powerful clubs in the world. The official pardon is a step towards settlement but not a complete resolvement of the issue.

He also stated that they share a love-hate relationship with Barcelona and Real Madrid. The motive is to maintain a strong hold of their national league to achieve a place in the Premier league with financial support. To convince both the clubs was definitely a tough task but they have decided to provide support as of now.

Bara said that among the two clubs Madrid is the more difficult one to deal with in the European Super League. Even though the team is committed to La Liga, they believe that they can achieve a lot more on their own which makes it a difficult task to convince the club to stick together.

The idea of a breakaway European Super League has been strongly opposed by La Liga and other members of European Professional Football Leagues. They believe that it would develop a negative impact on all national leagues across the continent.