Pep Guardiola’s philosophy key to Man City advantage in Premier League title race

Now in his sixth full season as Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola’s biggest asset is no longer big money transfers, but having a squad that meets his expectations

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Pep Guardiola press conference before Leicester

Pep Guardiola has racked up nearly £ 1billion on players since taking over Manchester City in 2016.

The Spaniard has a reputation for spending big and he has the trophies to back him up, with three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four consecutive Carabao Cups to his name.

Jack Grealish became the latest big-money arrival of the Guardiola era in August when he made a £ 100million transfer from Aston Villa – a record high-flying sum.

But aside from a free transfer for veteran goalkeeper Scott Carson, Grealish was the only player to bolster Guardiola’s first team in the summer window.

Fernandinho gave insight into Pep Guardiola’s philosophy


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Now in his sixth full season as City manager, Guardiola doesn’t count on several flashy arrivals at every window.

Instead, his greatest asset is having a squad of players perfectly suited to what he demands of them with sense of position and the technical ability to execute his instructions.

Veteran midfielder Fernandinho witnessed Guardiola’s entire reign at the Etihad and gave an overview of his revered methods earlier this week.

The 36-year-old is convinced that the continuity, unity and development of the City squad means they still have the edge over Manchester United in the Premier League title race, despite their summer spending. local rivals.

The Red Devils bought Jadon Sancho for £ 73million, Raphael Varane for £ 40million and Cristiano Ronaldo for £ 20million in a busy summer.

But Fernandinho insists there can be no substitute for an almost telepathic connection with his manager and teammates, which takes many seasons to forge.

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“I think because of the level of play, the way we played for five or six years with Pep, we have a set standard of play, we know exactly how each player behaves or should behave on the pitch. , we know the quality of each player and how he can play the best role in the matches “, said Fernandinho ESPN Brazil .

“Without a doubt, in this area we have a little more advantage. Having practically the same players since 2017, it’s no wonder the club have managed to win three titles in the last five.”

In many ways, Guardiola has set the tactical benchmark for Premier League clubs since joining over five years ago.

His pioneering use of reverse full-backs is increasingly common, but few teams can match the brilliant construction game that becomes second nature to their players, often incorporating a diagonal signing ball, a vicious takedown and – very regularly – a quick run and finish.

While it’s impossible to condense the genius manager’s methods, they still hold the key to City’s hopes for more silverware.

The opener loss to Tottenham Hotspur is a distant memory, City are close to occupying fourth place after scoring 11 goals without conceding in their last three games, and Guardiola’s philosophy remains as powerful as ever.

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