It has not taken Pep Guardiola long to seamlessly settle into his new role as Manchester City manager.
Since delivering his first press conference as Manuel Pellgrini’s predecessor, Guardiola has made significant progress towards developing a vastly improved City side, from the one which finished fourth in the Premier League last season.
In addition to signing Iilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Alexander Zinchenko, in order to prepare his entire squad for the new season, Guardiola is currently engaging them in a well-designed training programme of the ilk which he ran in each of his two previous managerial position with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
After modifying and reshaping those clubs, to bring great success to both, the 49-year-old Spaniard is aspiring to do a similar job at City, and has made a very positive start to achieving that, as testified by the club’s midfielder Fabien Delph.
“The new manager has come in, he’s got his ideas and the big thing that I have noticed is that the intensity of training has gone through the roof. Every player seems to be pressing their claims and the new systems of playing have been very interesting,” revealed Delph according to Sky Sports.
Pep the football purist
As such Guardiola has already built an excellent working relationship with City’s players. Furthermore he is earning their respect by delivering training sessions that portray himself as being a football aesthete, who works in his own wonderfully unique way, which places an emphasis on craft and technique, rather than physicality and strength.
Nevertheless the challenge for Guardiola at City is to build a team which is characterised by all four of the aforementioned attributes, so that they are capable of not just winning the Premier League but also becoming giants of the European game.
So as to successfully conquer that challenge, Guardiola is currently in the process of trying to strengthen his squad by recruiting some quality new players, with his primary transfer targets being Everton central defender John Stones and Leroy Sane. The 20-year-old Schalke 04 striker is also understood as being pursued by Real Madrid, whilst Los Blancos are also in the race to sign Palmeiras striker Gabriel Jesus who is another player that Guardiola is interested in bringing to the Etihad Stadium.
Laying the foundations for success
In addition to having a clear vision of the individuals he wishes to sign, Guardiola also has an unwavering commitment to maximising the potential of his existing squad of players, to whom he has already endeared himself, as proclaimed by Delph.
“So far Pep has been unbelievable with everyone. From day one, he knew everybody’s name. He makes you feel good about yourself and makes you want to do well and push on,” said the 26-year-old England internationalist, to testify that since beginning work at the start of July, Guardiola has harvested a great atmosphere and morale among his squad.
Therefore whilst still very much in it’s infancy, Guardiola’s reign as Manchester City manager is beginning to bear the characteristics required to achieve success, as the highly eloquent and knowledgeable Spaniard works towards engineering a team with the potential to win domestic and European honours.