As Pep Guardiola prepares to finally grace the English premier League, he faces a herculean task of reshaping the Manchester City squad. The former Barcelona manager has a lot to ponder about how to transform a Manchester City side, which was underwhelming for most parts of the last season and narrowly secured a Champions League spot, into a side that can be a force to be reckoned with, in both England and Europe. Here’s a look at what changes Guardiola could make at the Etihad so as to ensure that his side can be considered title challengers right from the start of the upcoming 2016-17 season:
Perhaps the most significant reason for Manchester City’s under-par 2015-16 campaign was the inconsistent defense. Though City scored the most number of goals in the league(71), they conceded 41 goals, the most among the top five teams, thus imploding their title challenge. Guardiola will be looking for a reliable defensive partner for the highly injury-prone Vincent Kompany. Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi did not exactly live up to their expectations whereas Demichelis’ performance was dismal. The Argentinian Defender struggled throughout the season and Guardiola bringing in a new CB very much likely, Demichelis could very well be on his way out of Manchester.