Manchester City seems to have found the ideal replacement for Pep Guardiola after another Champions League failure.
Manchester City has been a very good side for the past few seasons, considered a tough team to beat and are considered certainly, amongst Europe’s best. The driving factor for obtaining this status can be credited to the efforts of Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard has managed to win numerous trophies with the English side, including winning the league twice at his 4 years at the club.
However, the former Barcelona manager has spent a figure close to 750 million on transfers alone in his 4 years at the club and has only domestic trophies to show as a result. This figure is so large, that UEFA had banned Manchester City earlier this year from playing in the Champions League for the next two seasons. The ban since then has been overturned, but it really makes one think how even after splurging such huge amounts on players, the Sky Blues fail to get close to lifting the UEFA Champions League.
Even after all this, the club does owe a lot of its success to Pep, and would still be willing to let him continue as manager. The same, however, cannot be said about the Spaniard. Guardiola’s contract with City ends in 10 months, and he hasn’t committed to staying at the club beyond next season. The club hierarchy would want him to extend his stay with the Premier League side, but if that does not happen City has reportedly found another option in former Tottenham Hotspurs coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine was rumored to be the new manager for FC Barcelona after Quique Setien’s disappointing run at the club but with his loyalty to former club Espanyol and with Ronald Koeman already being appointed as the Catalan coach, the talks have fallen off. The Argentine manager has a lot of suitors around Europe and rightly so. The 48-year-old led Spurs to finish above arch-rivals Arsenal in the league for the first time since 1994 in 2016, and also reached the UCL finals for the first time in the team’s history in 2018-2019 eventually losing to Liverpool.
Pochettino would pose to be a good replacement for Pep Guardiola, and only time will tell if we will see the former Southampton manager at the helm of one of the strongest sides in Europe.
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