Manchester City announced that Pep Guardiola would be replacing Manuel Pellegrini way back in February 2016, and it was a moment which proved that the Citizens meant business.
The Spaniard has blown away Spain, Germany and now England with his all conquering style of football.
Guardiola’s death-by-possession ethos and the way in which he can get his sides to slice opposition defences apart has seen him win titles everywhere he’s been; he won La Liga on three occasions, the Bundesliga three times also, and has just overseen his Manchester City side’s second successive Premier League victory.
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There’s this stereotype about the English game, that it is mostly all rough-and-tumble, you have to be physical, you have to do this and that to succeed.
Stan Collymore’s comments after Guardiola’s City side lost 4-2 to Leicester – just six months into his time in England, mind – were akin to the aforementioned claims, and now look extremely foolish seeing as Guardiola has revolutionised the quality of English football.
Collymore said, per Daily Mirror: “If he thinks he’s going to turn up and outplay everybody in the Premier League, and that teams like Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth, Southampton and Crystal Palace are going to let his Manchester City side have the ball for 90 per cent of the time and pass pretty patterns around them so they can get a result, then he is absolutely deluded.
“In fact, he is beyond deluded. And if he thinks he doesn’t need to teach tackling or one-on-one combat in training then he’ll be going back to Spain with his tail between his legs.”
That last part was in reference to Guardiola saying that he doesn’t train his City players to tackle, which is fine; I would rather trust the ethos of football’s current greatest manager than I would Stan Collymore.
The Citizens have recorded 198 points over the course of their last two league campaigns under Guardiola, becoming centurions in 2017/18 and, despite Collymore thinking otherwise, have swept aside the likes of Watford, Leicester, Bournemouth, Southampton and Crystal Palace.
Look at this graph to further reduce Collymore’s footballing opinion into mere nothingness. (Keep an eye on the tackling stats!)
Does anything more need to be said?