First piece of the season… I know it’s about time right. Did you miss me ?
An inconsistent campaign for Manchester City this time around. With 6 premier league losses, Pep’s side find themselves 22 points behind league rivals Liverpool. When it comes to League titles, Pep basks in success however at what cost? 100 Million, 300 million? How about £1.2 BILLION. Thus the tale of Fraudiola.
Let’s forget about the fact that Guardiola inherited an almost complete Barcelona side who had witnessed the peak of the GOAT Lionel Messi. Let’s dismiss the fact that glided into a stable German side who had just won the Champions League, Bundesliga and the German Cup. Focus on the fact that he waltzed into Manchester City at a time of mere struggle and failed. Well failed before spending a whopping amount on not that many players to be fair.
“It bothers me because it’s not true that we spent £200m every window.” – Pep Guardiola
£307 million for Barcelona in 5 years, £187 Million for Bayern Munich in 3 years. Not bad I suppose. His statement breeds some truth, just not for the club he is referring to. Can you guess how much he has spent so far at Man City? £ 655,539,885.00 in 3 years. I hope that puts things into perspective for you. Whilst we know money makes the world go around, can we justify spending this much? Over a 7 year period Jose Mourinho spent £476.41 million at Chelsea. Won the league 3 times. He didn’t win the Champions League however & didn’t become a centurion either. After 5 years in charge at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has spent £393.40 million and won the Champions League, but fell short where it counted for Premier League glory. I guess by this logic (stay with me here) … if you add both their total spends £476.41 + £393.40, that makes 869.81. So, 869.81 – 655.54 = 214.21. Pep only needs £214.21 million to win the Champions League. Bingo !
“When the people say about the Champions League being the target, we are still not ready,”– Pep Guardiola
Oh come on Pep. Speaking on the behalf of arguably one of the best, most complete teams in Europe, Guardiola feels that Manchester City are “not ready” to win the Champions League. When should we expect this win sir?
Manchester City have proven to be considered amongst the best considering their menacing style of play, their passion to score goals and the fact that they have dominated the best league in the world for the last 2 years by a landslide. The only Centurion’s to win the Premier League yet they are not ready to win the Champions League. One may ask, what more do you need? It is difficult to decipher whether this is an excuse or an honest opinion.
It’s no secret that Guardiola has struggled in Europe ever since leaving Barcelona in 2013. Falling short in semi finals with Bayern Munich and failing to get past the quarter finals with City, is the universe telling him that he cannot buy his way through? After losing out to 4th place fighters Tottenham Hotspur in a chance to play in the Champions League Semi finals last season, the name Fraudiola circulated all over the internet. The “bald fraud” was subject to condemnation… at least until he won the Capital One cup, the FA cup and the Premier League; with that being said is that enough to show that he is not a fraudulent contender?
“I can only say that every player – no matter how long he was with us – has learned a great deal from Pep. He improved every single player.” – Robert Lewandowski
I love the guy, I do. I think his style of football is astonishing to watch. Never ever a dull moment. Not to mention his player management; what he has done with England’s new star boy Raheem Sterling has been exceptional. Lewandowski said it himself, he has developed every single player he has worked with. The attacking style on play that he implements is not for everybody. Not everybody can adapt. It is rumoured that his training sessions are a main cause for injury and fatigue within his camps, not just at City, but at Bayern Munich and Barcelona as well. You need a certain level of physical conditioning to play for a man like Pep. Having selling of half of City’s former players, he bought in players that he though could put in that work for him. No matter the cost. When we put things into perspective, he actually did not spend a vast amount at Barcelona or Bayern Munich. Why? Because he had the players that could adapt to his intense style of play.
Now I’m not justifying the amount of money he has spent in his career as a manager, however calling him a fraud based on his spending or his inability to win the CL without Barcelona is a bit far fetched. He has a unique style of play which will most likely burn out a team that you support and he does gets the domestic results.
His apparent racist attributes however ….