Premier League Winning the Premier League again, the first Champions League, the signing of Messi? …
Pep Guardiola has signed a contract that (unless interrupted) will lead him to complete seven seasons at City. .. the same as the sum of his two stages at Barça and Bayern. This renewal until 2023 is written proof that in Manchester has found its place on the bench. The Catalan coach is living his fifth season in the Etihad band. I have never spent so much time directing in the same stadium. The journey continues. And it's loaded with challenges.
? PepTeam (@PepTeam) November 19, 2020
After a first year of acclimatization, Guardiola repeated what he did in Spain and Germany. In England there was no color other than sky blue between 2017 and 2019. Su City lifted two Premier Leagues in a row, signing absurd scores: 100 and 98 points. Although the most extraordinary thing was not the what, but the how: with an overwhelming sense of dominance over the rest, showing that it was also possible to win Pep style in the land of 'kick and rush' .
Only such an extraordinary adversary as Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool was able to put an end to the City's 'dictatorship'. Last season the 'reds' celebrated their first league in 30 years after signing no less than 99 points. A rhythm too demanding for some 'sky blues' with symptoms that the cycle headed by Silva, Fernandinho or Kompany was coming to an end.
The beginning of the course of the City has been erratic. After the first five days, Guardiola signed the worst league start in his entire career on the benches: eight out of 15. However, there has not been a single team in the Premier that has not started with punctures. The renewal of Pep, the awakening of Ferran's goalscorer or the defensive improvement that Rúben Dias has supposed are compelling reasons that cityzens fans have to be excited about a third Premier in four years. Not to mention the plague of injuries that is plaguing Liverpool …
Guardiola has always stated that the Champions League is not an obsession. However, conquering the first 'Orejona' in the club's history is the great goal that he has not yet crossed off his to-do list. In England they have won everything, but in Europe they have hit the barrier of the quarterfinals.
With the Premier lost in February, the last edition was presented as the perfect opportunity to save the campaign. Having eliminated Real Madrid in the round of 16, the Lisbon one-game format and an inferior rival like Olympique de Lyon invited us to believe that this could be the year … False illusions. The Lyon team was a surprise and left a too conservative and failing City on the way. The millionaire investment in the Sheikh's transfers requires going one step further in the old continent.
With Kompany, Yayá Touré and Silva outside the team, from the 'cityzen' backbone of the last decade, only Kun Agüero remains … and today he seems more outside than inside. Guardiola has to lead the new cycle that is beginning in the Etihad. With De Bruyne at the head of the project, young people like Ferran Torres and Phil Foden are called to go from betting to essential.
Valencia's youth squad is one of the players of the moment . His hat-trick against Germany was the culmination of an overwhelming start to the scoring course. With City he has four goals in 10 games, three of three in the Champions League. Pep's hand is already showing. The Catalan coach 'made a Messi' and moved him from the wing to the center. The results are irrefutable.
Another who has been successful in front of goal in this national team break has been Foden. The pearl of the quarry 'sky blue' debuted his scoring account with England with a double against Iceland, in the last match of the Nations League. Already last season he gained prominence and this must be the one of his definitive outbreak.
The announcement of Guardiola's renewal was made public just one day after Leo Messi stated that he was "tired of always being the problem of everything in the club" … The conditions for the reunion are being met: one has already signed and the other remains unsigned. If it happened, it would be the signing that would take the ugly Manchester duckling to another dimension.
If the Argentine star makes the decision to leave the Camp Nou, the Etihad option is presented as the most logic. By style and coach, City is the closest thing in Europe to Barça with which they won two Champions League titles and two Ballons d'Or in four years. Although the Catalan coach has always stated that he would like to see Messi retire from Barça, he would certainly not say no to one last dance either.