New Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is no stranger to changing teams for the better, having previously managed La Liga giants Barcelona and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
However, his next managerial step will certainly be his toughest yet as he enters the wilderness that is the Premier League.
He joins a Manchester City squad in desperate need of a change. After their disappointing season, big things will be expected of the team, especially with the arrival of the talented Spaniard, but there is work to be done, and the squad will probably need extensive changes.
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City fans will be hoping Guardiola can replicate the changes he made at Barcelona. At the Nou Camp, he changed and improved the team drastically, and his fingerprints are still visible even to this day.
He’ll be keen to do the same at Manchester City and really exert his influence on the team.
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He has a big job on his hands, and we’ve identified a number of things he will likely do during his time at the Etihad.
Reduce the Average Age of the Squad
One of the first things Guardiola is likely to do is add freshness to the squad in the form of younger players.
The average age of the Manchester City squad is 29, and by adding youth, it will add drive and energy to a squad in need of shaking up.
Although experience is vital, younger legs will mean that the team will be slightly more dynamic, and even more dangerous.
Strengthen Central Defence
One of the unfortunate hallmarks of Manchester City last season was their defence, specifically at centre-back.
Without club captain Vincent Kompany, the central defence looked extremely shaky and underlined the Belgian's importance to the team.
Eliaquim Mangala, Martin Demichelis and Nicolas Otamendi were all at fault at some stage of last season, and despite spending a lot of money on both Mangala and Otamendi, the duo have not impressed.
Kompany’s constant injury problems will be of concern to Guardiola, and the Spaniard will also look to make the central position a lot more solid than it is at the moment.
City were linked with a move for Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao, but he has since signed a new deal at the Spanish club.
Add More Dynamism to Central Midfield
Manuel Pellegrini’s habit of playing two defensive midfielders at the base of midfield is likely to be done away with when Guardiola arrives at the Etihad.
The Spaniard is known to have dynamic, but disciplined midfields, and will probably add a bit more flexibility to the central area when he fully takes over.
He usually deploys one deep-lying midfielder, like a Sergio Busquets or a Xabi Alonso, which then provides the other central midfielder freedom to create.
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