Manchester City have suffered a huge blip since their storming run at the start of the season and Pep Guardiola’s side are now winless in four matches ahead of this weekend’s crucial Premier League clash with Southampton.
A high-scoring draw with Celtic was followed by a thrashing by title rivals Tottenham Hotspur and the Citizens returned from the international break to draw with Everton, before a cataclysmic performance against Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Decisions in that match, which include starting Sergio Aguero on the bench, have raised question-marks regarding Guardiola, and outspoken pundit Stan Collymore has weighed in on the situation – stating the Catalan boss is not a genius.
“There really has been a lot of a***-kissing nonsense spouted by people who should know better.” he wrote in the Mirror. “According to these aficionados who want to worship at the altar of Pep, the Spaniard is a tactical wizard.”
“After two months in the job, I think we need to take a step backwards: He’s clearly good – but he’s not a genius like the late Brian Clough was.”
Collymore’s views certainly have credibility as City have conceded 10 goals in their last four matches but they’re unlikely to go down well with Citizens fans, who already hail Guardiola as the messiah.
Being deliberately controversial, though, Guardiola hasn’t been successful enough following his days with Barcelona as he took over a Bayern Munich side who had won the Champions League prior to his arrival, yet he didn’t manage to get his hands on the European crown during his three years in Bavaria.