It’s all going well for Manchester City right now, isn’t it?
Top of the Premier League table and with their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League already secured, Pep Guardiola couldn’t have dreamed of a better first three months of the season.
The Citizens are already as low as 1/7 to win the title with Sky Bet and it’s really not hard to see why.
They’re unbeaten in 11 and have scored 38 goals already. That means they are on pace to score a whopping 131 goals this season.
How are Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea expected to compete with that?
Guardiola’s debut season in England was filled with hiccups, including the early exit from the EFL Cup, the 4-0 loss at Everton and being beaten home and away by eventual champions Chelsea.
But the former Bayern Munich boss has finally figured things out, and he has Kevin De Bruyne to thank for much of City’s early success.
The Belgian has been arguably the best player in the league so far and he revealed earlier in the month just how Guardiola has created the “perfect” environment by adding a number of young player to his squad.
“I like it here. It's the perfect environment,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports. “From the moment I came there's always been a lot of trust in me.
“I like the project they are doing. When I came here there was an older team but there have been a lot of transfers, a lot of young players coming in, they're building for the future.”
What Guardiola asks youth team to do in training
For any player - young or old - working under Guardiola must be an incredible experience. The 46-year-old is the finest tactician of the past decade, winning multiple titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, including two Champions League trophies at the Camp Nou.
And in a new report by the Daily Mail’s Mike Keegan, it becomes clear just how much attention Guardiola pays to his youth players.
Keegan claims Guardiola regularly involves players from Man City’s Elite Development Squad in first-team training in the days leading up to a match.
Guardiola reportedly briefs the youngsters on the weekend’s opposition before asking them to replicate their style of play in a practice match against the first team.
So, presumably, the EDS players will defend deep when City are playing the lower teams and will attempt to be more expansive when the first team is about to play Liverpool or Tottenham.
It shows that Guardiola really does think of everything.
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