Not long ago was Pep Guardiola touted as a failure after a not so impressive first year at Manchester City. The Spaniard could only lead his team to a 3rd place finish in the Premier League and didn’t quite manage a run which was expected of Manchester City in the Champions League as well. However, Pep took the criticism as a valuable lesson and it has motivated him to a whole new level which is very much evident from this season’s performances. He has shouted at his players even for a single misplaced pass which shows how much he asks from his players.
The English Premier League used to be a competition where the title race would be the most exciting. There would be numerous teams fighting for the title even after Christmas which has made the league so popular and entertaining around the globe.
However, this season has been a completely different one to the rest. Manchester City has been unstoppable this year in the Premier League. They overtook the Wenger’s Invincibles’ record of 14 consecutive wins in the league and have made that 18 wins in a row; a record indeed.
The Citizens have collected 59 points out of a maximum 63 points scoring 61 goals in the league winning 19 and drawing twice which shows how rampant they’ve been this year. They are averaging 3 goals per game against the Top 6 this season and have beaten them all quite well.
The question now is that how have they managed to improve so much in one summer? The critics have been blasting Guardiola for his intense spending in his career and have put him on the list of chequebook managers. Despite his intense spending, Guardiola is someone who can bring the best out of the players he has as well. He has spent a lot of money on his defence here at Manchester City but he has improved the team as a whole in a massive fashion.
People have been heaping the praise on the City attack for some time now, while there is an unsung hero who has been the pivot in City’s resurgence this season. Who is that player? Yes, the dynamic Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. A player who has been Pep Guardiola’s most utility player in his regime so far.
The Brazilian deputized at RB for the majority of last season and has been a dominant force in the centre of the midfield this year. Passing the ball out from the back to keeping the defence very stable. The City defence hasn’t had much to do this year with Fernandinho shielding them more than ever.
They’ve also had success with their full-backs and most importantly their keeper Ederson who is a better passer than many outfield players in the world as well. However, Kevin De Bruyne has been the star man for Man City and looks to be the Player Of The Season candidate along with Liverpool’s Egyptian God, Mohammed Salah.
This City side has tucked away every side that has come in their way and might have wrapped up the league already. With a 14 point lead over the 2nd placed Chelsea team, City is more than safe and favourites to the League title.
It can indeed be said of this City side that they have turned the Premier League Title race into a mere “Title Walk”. Can anyone really stop City as they look to be the new Invincibles in town? The new year will have all the answers.