Can Pep Guardiola’s City Stay Be Considered A Success If He Fails To Win European Honours?

Can Pep Guardiola’s City Stay Be Considered A Success If He Fails To Win European Honours?

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Can Pep Guardiola’s City Stay Be Considered A Success If He Fails To Win European Honours?

There is no secret that Pep Guardiola was headhunted by Manchester City to help them break into Europe’s elite. His success with Barcelona in 2009 and 2011 was a major reason why he was brought into City and essentially handed a blank chequebook to make it happen. But if he continues to fail in Europe, can he really be considered a success at City?

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane has been a joy to watch this season

Nobody can argue that his side have been an absolute joy to watch in the Premier League this season. Kevin De Bruyne has been arguably the best player of the season, whilst the link up play between Sane, Sterling and Aguero has been mesmerising at times. They’re 13 points clear of their city rivals, and look likely to not only break the 100 goal barrier, but to break the record for all time points gained in a season, set by Chelsea (95) back in 2004/05. Yet ultimately, this season can’t be considered a success in the wider context of the club, as he has gone no better than those who were sacked before him.

The last two weeks has seen City go from staking their claim as the best side to have ever graced the Premier League, to becoming just another run of the mill title winning side. Their dominance has drawn comparisons with the two great sides of the era, Chelsea’s record breaking 2004/05 side and Arsenal’s 2003/04 invincible side. Though all three have something in common: they all ultimately failed in Europe. Manchester United’s successful treble winning side at the turn of the century showed that it is possible to balance league and European glory. At the start of the season City were on course for an unprecedented Quadruple, but cup knockouts at the hands of Wigan and Liverpool have reduced their seasons return to an Uninspiring double.

Manchester City will have to just settle for a double this season

Pep Guardiola was bought in to bring European glory to Manchester City, and ultimately, he has failed. After two seasons he has an inferior Champions League record to that of Manuel Pellegrini. His tenure has seen almost £500 million worth of investment, and to lose 5-1 in a Champions League Quarter-Final is bordering on abysmal. His erratic behaviour when up against it is an indicator of how under pressure Pep is feeling. If he fails to advance in Europe again next season, then serious questions will need to be asked.

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