Manchester City have endured a rather difficult season, failing to make a successful bid to win their third Premier League title since 2012.
On Febuary 1, 2016, the Citizens officially announced that current Bayern Munich and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will become the club’s coach starting from next season.
The announcement happened at the end of the January transfer window and just before City went into a key run of matches, including home encounters with title rivals Tottenham and Leicester.
A team that had just lost key playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to a knee injury in the League Cup and looked very disjointed, were beaten in both matches before losing 5-1 at Chelsea in the FA Cup.
The Citizens have recovered their best form in recent weeks, winning their last three Premier League fixtures, while also beating Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-finals and setting up a meeting with Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
However, Manuel Pellegrini now blamed the club’s announcement about Guardiola for City’s bad run in February and March.
“At the start of February, there was news about the change of the manager, about players who will not continue here next season, about a lot of things that involved the minds of all the players,” Pellegrini told the Daily Mirror.
“It’s not easy for the players when you read in newspapers all things that will happen next season — all the players who will go out, all the players that will come in. It’s not easy for the players to focus their mind.”
The Argentine’s comments are backed by the Premier League standings since the announcement. Eight teams have gained more points than City since February 1…