Just What Has Happened at Manchester City?
April 11, 2016
Just two months ago, Manchester City looked set for a historic season and one that would help establish them as a major European force. Well-placed in the league and poised for a late season title charge, City also had an FA Cup run, the Champions League, and a League Cup Final to look forward too.
In just eight weeks, however, the Blues are faced with the prospect of finishing with just the League Cup to their name and potentially missing out on a top-four finish. While the club are in a good position against PSG in the Champions League Quarter Final, with the second leg taking place tomorrow night, it’s been a collapse of almost Arsenal-like proportions since it was announced Guardiola would take over next season.
Why it is wrong to blame Pep Guardiola’s impending arrival
This disappointing run of form coincided with the announcement of Pep Guardiola’s arrival from Bayern Munich in the summer, with current manager Manuel Pellegrini standing down in June. The uncertainty created by the proposed move was cited as the core reason for City’s downturn in form, although this is simply not corroborated by statistics or the way in which the club has performed throughout the duration of the season.
While the Blues won their first five games of the season in fine style, they have secured just 35 points from the subsequent 25 matches and the club has struggled to sustain consistency since September. In a similar vein, City have not won back-to-back games since October, and this highlights the lack of focus and discipline that has gradually undermined their performance. The recent cup exit and league struggles have simply compounded this lack of form, betraying the issues that sit beneath the surface in the current squad.
So what has happened at Manchester City?
In truth, the issues at City seem to surround a lack of motivation and fitness, with the clubs leading players seeming to have aged collectively and struggled to repeat their top form. Players like David Silva and particularly Yaya Toure have failed to perform consistently and hardly appear to be playing for their futures under Guardiola, while chronic and recurring injuries to captain Vincent Kompany and the brilliant Sergio Aguero have taken a heavy toll on the club.
While you wouldn’t even use a free bet at BetHut to back against City scraping into the top four, there is a genuine chance that the club could miss out on the Champions League prior to Pep’s arrival. This could impact negatively on the club’s recruitment plans, while it may also represent Guardiola’s first significant challenge as a manager.