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Manchester City Season 2016-17

With the departure of Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City signed one of the world’s best Manager
in form of Pep Guardiola. Pep Guardiola revolutionized Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The
expectations were high but the reality was that Pep Guardiola Inherited an aging squad especially
the full backs which play an important role in Modern day football. Before the season the major
signings were Claudio Bravo (from Barcelona), Leroy Sane (from Schalke), John Stones (from
Everton), Gabriel Jesus (from Palmeiras), İlkay Gündogan (from Borussia Dortmund), Nolito
(from Celta de Vigo). Pep Guardiola got a flying start with 10 undefeated games across in
Premier League, League Cup and Champions League. After 10 undefeated matches they were
beaten by Tottenham Hotspur.

Claudio Bravo
The real problem began when they faced Barcelona in Champions League group stage fixture
where Claudio Bravo turned out to be villain. He was red carded for handling outside the penalty
box. That was the starting point of Claudio Bravo’s decline at Manchester City. Fans were very
disappointed by such a bad display by Bravo. The fans missed Joe hart who left on loan for
Torino as Pep Guardiola benched him because he wanted to play goal keeper with better
footwork. Pep Guardiola wanted to build attacks from the back so Bravo seemed to be the
perfect man for him. Claudio Bravo although good with the feet but failed to stop simple shots
on target.

Yaya Toure Problem
Although he played in the second round of the Champions League playoff against Steaua
Bucuresti, Guardiola decided to leave Yaya Toure from the Champions League. After being left
out of the squad, his agent Dimitri Seluk said that Guardiola humiliated Toure by not including
him in starting lineup. In response to Seluk’s comments, Guardiola announced that Toure will
not be included in the team until he receives an apology.

A few weeks after a public apology to Pep Guardiola on behalf of his agent, Toure made a
surprising return to the first team on November 16, starting against Crystal Palace, in which he
scored two consecutive goals helping his team win 2-1 over Palace.

Fullbacks and Center Backs
As Guardiola strategy involves playing high up the pitch. The old legs of Pablo Zabaleta,
Aleksandar kolarov, bacary Sagna seemed not to fit in his team because they were not able to
track back when City lost possession which resulted in deadly counter attacks. With injuries of
their leader Vincent Kompany Guardiola was forced to play John Stones. John stones good with
feet but he turned out to be flop as he was not able to make even the simplest of the tackles.

He scored only 6 league goals this season in hitting the wordwork 9 times. he caused a major problem for opposition defenders throughout the season. Vincent Kompany returned at end season games. He can play at various positions. David Silva played a major role in midfield providing 7 assists and completing most number of passes in the team. They seem to be scoring every time they attack but failed to convert chances. Kevin De Bruyne & Fernandinho Kevin De Bruyne topped Premier League with 18 assists but lacked to convert chances. They need a dynamic player like Alexis Sanchez or a striker who can play along with Aguero and Jesus. On 14th December.Nicolas Otamendi enjoyed the best of his form at the later end of the season. Sergio Aguero Sergio Aguero scored 33 goals for Manchester City but failed to convert easy goals which was one of the major reason for City’s decline this season considering the number of chances created Conclusion Although Pep Guardiola had a trophy less season but Pep Philosophy has brought flair to Manchester City style of play. Fernandinho is a very dynamic player. In just his fourth game Jesus got himself injured which forced him out of the 2016-17 Premier League season. A few seconds later he scored but was judged offside. Leroy Sane Leroy Sane turned out to be among the stand out performer for Manchester City at the left wing.C coming on as substitute. Gundogan got injured and was substituted in the 44th minute. City have already signed Young Goalkeeper Ederson and attacking midfielder Bernado Silva (as long term replacement for David Silva). Ilkay Gundogan Ilkay Gundogan showed the best of his form against Barcelona in Champions League in which they defeated Barcelona with 3-1. With his speed and physical ability. a center back and possibly a holding midfielder. Gabriel Jesus Gabriel Jesus made his debut against Tottenham Hotspur F. Now they are ready to sign fullbacks. The players who will leave include . In a thrilling match against Swansea City Jesus played a vital role by scoring twice which included a stoppage time goal. David Silva. It was later confirmed that Gundogan tore his cruciate ligaments in his right knee and would miss the whole season. Fernandinho was turned into Right back due to injury of Bacary Sagna as well as poor performance at that position by Zabaleta and Jesus Navas. City was totally different team after his return.

Jesus Navas. Nolito. Gael Clichy.Willy caballero. Bacary Sagna. . possibly Joe Hart and Kelechi Iheanacho.