The appointment of Manuel Pellegrini came as a shock to many. After Roberto Mancini's melodramatic reign, one aspect which many feel he failed in was producing entertaining football.
When he lead City to a historic first Premier League title, they got the job done without producing exhilarating football.
This is why they brought in the Chilean. Last year, City lost a majority of their points by failing to have a plan B.
When it was evident that they needed to exploit the width of a pitch to open up teams who parked the bus, they failed to break the opposition down as they didn't have the players to do so.
Jesus Navas was the answer. The Spaniard may not be the most talented player in this City team, but he does one thing better then anyone, he puts his head down and run.
For this signing alone, Pellegrini should be praised. Although, Navas, Fernandinho and Negredo were all superb signings, there are still obvious question marks over the signing of Stevan Jovetic.
16 games into the Premier League season, his team are fourth, unbeaten at home, through to the Champions League round of 16 for the first time and they beat Bayern Munich.
Not bad. However, one of Pellegrini's biggest critiques is that he hasn't won a major trophy. This could still happen this season too.
They arguably have the best squad in the Premier League, but it's irrelevant to an extent as they did last season yet they let United walk to a 20th Premier League crown. Pellegrini must improve his trophy record is he's to become one of the best managers in the world.
Pellegrini has proven to be pleasure to listen to when he's been interviewed and at press conferences. His English may have surprised many but he's also been very forefront with issues surrounding his team, such as Joe Hart.
It must be said that he's kept his squad extremely content compared to the last few years when Mancini failed to control big characters such as Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
So far this season, Manchester City have looked untouchable at home. After one of the most complete performances in the Premier League era against Manchester United, where they cruised to a 4-1 win, they smashed Arsenal for 6 although letting 3 goals in.
Yes, Mancini did oversee a 6-1 demolition of United but circumstances were very different. They had 10 men and many of the goals they conceded were off the break. In the 4-1 defeat, City were dominant from the whistle.
One of Pellegrini's biggest improvements to this City side is how he's enhanced and improved many players' abilities. Samir Nasri looks like a brand new player and is playing his best football in a City shirt since arriving from Arsenal.
Yaya Toure is more terrifying then he ever has been and the rejuvenation of Sergio Aguero has been a pleasure to see after a somewhat disappointing season.
As touched on before, Pelligrini can do everything right with this City team, but all the fantastic performances will count for nothing if he fails to deliver a trophy. If he can't seal a trophy this season, his job may come into question just like Roberto Mancini's did last season.
Overall performance so far: 9/10
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