With City’s excellent start to the season, achieving victories over Sunderland and Stoke in the league, as well as securing their place in the Champions League group stage beating Steaua Bucharest over two legs. The question that remains is, how far can City go in Europe under Pep?
In Pep’s rather short, yet hugely successful career, he is yet to have a season in which he hasn’t made the Champions League semi-final – so, can he do this with a somewhat young City side in Europe?
One thing that Pep is known for is his unpredictable starting line-ups, and for him to carry this trend on is to have great squad depth. So far, Guardiola has made some very smart signings. Nolito has recently signed from Celta Vigo and has brought much-needed competition for City’s wingers.
Another winger that has joined the squad is the young-German Leroy Sane, leaving City stacked for options in attack. A position that has needed to be added depth for some time now in central-midfield and that is exactly what City have done. Ilkay Gundogan has arrived from Borussia Dortmund, and he brings a rich amount of Champions League experience – along with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure.
Upfront City obviously have Aguero and young Kelechi who provides an excellent back-up. One area, however, that may cause a potential problem for City is their defence. Although the signing on John Stones from Everton is great, playing in the Champions League is a foreign experience for him. That’s not to mention the lack of options at full-back for City and Kompany’s ever-growing injury problems.
The luck of the draw
Ever since City became a standard fixture in the Champions League, the luck of the draw is something that has somewhat avoided them. Since 2011, City have drawn Bayern Munich three times, Real Madrid and Barcelona twice, Juventus once and PSG in the semi-finals. Safe to say, we could have had a much easier run.
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