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City breathes the taste of justice .. and the eye on the Champions League today, Monday 13 July 2020 06:24 pm
He will also begin preparations to regain the title he lost to Liverpool, especially as he has become more comfortable with the transfer market.
The following is a presentation of the most prominent challenges that await the club, which has won 11 titles since Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan acquired its ownership in 2008:
The two-eared cup is still the highlight of City’s safes.
Despite his failure to lead Bayern Munich to the continental title during 3 years in Germany, the arrival of Guardiola (49 years) to the Etihad Stadium in 2016 was part of City’s plan to win the top continental title.
The Spaniard built one of the best teams in the history of English football by achieving the title “Premier League” on two occasions with the highest balance of points (100 points season 2017-2018 and 98 season 2018-2019), in addition to the title of the FA Cup on one occasion, and three titles in the League Cup .
Last season, he led Guardiola into an unprecedented local trilogy.
But in the Champions League, City did not go beyond the quarter-finals in the first 3 seasons under the supervision of Guardiola, but the latter believes that this time will be different when the competition matches resume in August.
Since the English Premier League resumed its activities last month, Citizens has been providing impressive levels, with players scoring at least 4 goals in four of their six matches, including a clean four-man win at Liverpool’s crowning title.
“I feel motivated and I think the team is present, I have a feeling that for the players in the club, the next four weeks will be a period that will not be repeated, I think the major clubs do not miss these opportunities,” the former Barcelona coach said before winning the five-goal victory over Brighton on Saturday.
But City’s road will not be easy towards the continental title, as it must start over the obstacle of Real Madrid, the Spanish “king” of the competition when they meet in the second leg of the final price at the Etihad Stadium (City won back in Madrid 2-1).
In the case of reaching the quarter-finals, City will clash with either the Italian champion Juventus in the past eight seasons or the French Lyon, before a possible semi-final confrontation with Barcelona or Bayern, who crowned this season’s champion for the eighth year in succession.
The four-legged victory over Liverpool came after the Red Team secured its first league title in 30 years, seven stages before the end of the season.
Despite this, the northern club is still far behind in the second place, 21 points behind the European champions, which indicates a need to strengthen its ranks, especially the defense line.
It is expected that it will be easier now with the moral boost given to him by “Cass”, which will enable him to attract big names and burrow others such as Rahim Sterling and Belgian Kevin de Bruyne to survive.
The center of the defense appears to be the weakest link in City, especially after it failed to make up for the absence of French defender Emmére Laporte, who was subjected to knee ligaments in August.
With the departure of Spanish icon David Silva at the end of the season after 11 years at Etihad Stadium, the talented young Englishman Phil Foden (20 years old) is ready to fill his place.
After reaching his thirty-second year, the historic scorer of Argentine club Sergio Aguero is close to ending a ten-year journey, and it will not be easy to find a suitable alternative.
Guardiola’s contract with City ends with the end of the 2020-2021 season, and if he continues to the mentioned date and goes into a fifth season, this will be the longest period he spent at the head of the technical staff of one club, after four years with Barcelona, and three with Bayern Munich, separated between them a year of rest .
City’s success is also linked to the club’s backstage structure, as Spanish CEO Ferran Soriano and his fellow football manager Tseki Pagerstein are responsible for the employment strategy.
The two, who had previously worked for Guardiola in Barcelona, were hired in 2012 with the aim of attracting Pep to Manchester.
City twice won the Premier League title before Guardiola’s arrival and has the financial ability to compete even after his departure, but keeping it will be a guarantee that the club will continue to achieve titles.