Five things Pep Guardiola would need to do if he became Manchester City manager

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Pep Guardiola announced he was leaving Bayern Munich with Manchester City seen as one of his next destinations, but don't expect the job to be easy for him. 

Guardiola has been widely tipped with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all rumoured to be interested. 

Current City boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted this week that he hoped Guardiola would "have the option to work at Manchester City" as quoted by the Mirror


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If the former Barcelona manager did take charge of the Manchester giants he has five problems he would need to iron out. 

Transform the spine of the team

With the amount of money that City have, you would expect that they should have an adequate squad already to compete on all fronts. Far from it. 

The centre back position has been a problem for years now. Despite splashing a reported £135 million on defenders in that area, the Citizens still look vulnerable. 

Vincent Kompany is a warrior on his day, but has been very susceptible to injuries. Nicolas Otamendi at times has looked competent, but when partnered with Martin Demichellis and Equiliam Mangala he has struggled to find his feet. 

Where you can have sympathy with the defenders is the fact they don't have any protection. Fernando has proved he isn't the quality City need in that position and Fernandinho is more of a box-to-box player. 

Yaya Toure has also been played in a holding role and has been heavily crticised for it. Pellegrini's side needs a combative midfielder who is disciplined and can mop up in front of the back four. Games in Europe and against Liverpool at home has highlighted these deficiencies. 

Another worry for Guardiola could be that he doesn't have a reliable back-up to Sergio Aguero. On his day the Argentine is one of the best forwards in world football, but like his colleague Kompany, he struggles with injuries. 

Aguero is often rushed back, perhaps when he isn't at full fitness resulting in the former Atletico Madrid striker picking up more niggling injuries. 

A quick forward who is composed in front of goal could be the back-up Guardiola might need to be successful. Pierre-Emmerick Aubameyang is on fire at Borussia Dortmund, and having seen him closely in the Bundesliga, the Spanish coach could be interested. 

Use impressive academy

City's impressive £200 million Etihad campus was revealed a year ago and Guardiola could reap the benefits. 

The Manchester club has been known to pip their arch rivals Manchester United to the hottest talent in the City. Reports have suggested that when Robin van Persie was with the Red Devils, he chose his son to play for City's academy as opposed to United's. 

The Catalan boss will have spent three years at Bayern Munich and if he is to do the same at City, he will need to use the youth system to ensure money was well spent. 

Kelechi Iheanacho has already shown the talent that can be produced from the facilities, as the young Nigerian has scored twice this season already. 

Sell deadwood

According to talkSPORT, the Citizens have the third oldest squad in the Premier League. If Guardiola does join City, he would need to overhaul the deadwood. 

Bacary Sagna, 32, has shown patches this season that he still has the talent he once showed at Arsenal, but it now looks like the number of games has caught up with the veteran with a weak performance against Liverpool. 

The Frenchman's fellow right back Pablo Zabaleta, who is two years younger, has only managed to make two Premier League appearances this season. Although he has been a phenomenal full back in the past, it looks like age has caught up with him. 

Yaya Toure, Martin Demichellis, Gael Clichy all in their thirties look past their best and a smart move would be to move them on. 

Samir Nasri, who seems to be a forgotten man, hasn't reached the dreaded thirties yet, but once again injuries has limited the Frenchman to just seven league appearances. 

All of these players are likely to be earning in excess of £100,000-per-week and selling these City stars could provide Guardiola with some much needed funds. 

Be more tactically astute in Europe

The current Bayern manager is known for being very methodical and precise with his tactics. Picking up on every minor detail of his oppositions' weaknesses. 

You wouldn't think he would need to take much care with his tactical plans in the Bundesliga, considering his side are far superior than the rest, but that shows a true winner. 

Over his tenure, Pellegrini has been called tactically naive during Champions League match, and that has been seen as the reason for their downfall in Europe. 

It's unlikely you would get the same inflexibility from Guardiola. His attention to detail is immaculate and he could be the man to turn City's fortunes around on Europe's biggest stage.

Cut out complacency

City have been accused of being complacent on many occasions. Going into matches expecting to win rather than making sure they do. Dropping points against Stoke, bottom of the league Aston Villa, and a nervy win over struggling Swansea to pick out a few. 

It seems that Pellegrini picks his side without paying enough attention to the opposition's strengths and weaknesses. The same, if not a similar team, seems to be picked regardless of who they're playing. 

Or even sometimes picking a slightly weaker team, thinking they will be able to roll over the small sides. This breeds complacency in the City side. With the manager seemingly not putting enough effort into analysing the opposition, the players mentality seems to replicate their manager's. 

Guardiola will need to stop the arrogance in this City side and he should be the right man to do it. He is currently managing a team expecting to win the league every year, trying to keep the players motivated would be a tough ask. 

If the Bayern boss does take charge, these problems will need to be fixed, but with a manger of his calibre, this shouldn't be too much of a challenge. 

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