For Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, the 2019-20 league season must be considered a failure. The favourites along with Liverpool for the title, City became mere onlookers as the Reds romped to their first championship win in 30 years, beating their rivals by 18 points. Whilst success may still be found in the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City’s Premier League campaign was hit and miss – they have the division’s best player in Kevin De Bruyne, but lost more games than fierce city rivals Manchester United.
Where did it all go wrong for City in 2019-20? Was it the loss of Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola’s trusted and respected right-hand man, who took the Arsenal job? Pep has certainly made his feelings towards the Gunners known in the aftermath of such a move. With long-time servant and club legend David Silva heading out the door, City must be looking to replace the 34-year-old’s production whilst also adding more firepower to reign in Liverpool.