Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing: Manchester City’ series is earning rave reviews.
The eight-part show, released on Friday, offers a behind-the-scenes look into City’s stunning 2017-18 Premier League season.
What helps the series thrive is just how memorable last season was for the Citizens.
They broke several records, amassed 100 points and scored 106 goals - so it was always going to be interesting to see how their success was achieved.
There’s also the opportunity to see a genius in Pep Guardiola at work.
In one episode, the Spaniard is seen drilling his players on how to stop Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
“Just focus today, when the ball is outside, close the channel,” he said before the 5-0 win over Liverpool last September.
Guardiola's speech before Chelsea match
“Mane and Salah, play in those positions, so when the ball is here (midfield) they make the move or put the ball here (the channel).”
The effort Guardiola demands from his players is remarkable.
The Citizens were 16 points ahead of second-placed Manchester United when they faced Chelsea on March 4.
With such a commanding lead, and one hand already on the Premier League trophy, Guardiola would have been forgiven for easing up in training.
But that wasn’t the case. Check out the speech he delivered to his players on March 2, two days before the Chelsea match.
Wow. If that’s what he’s like with a 16-point lead, just imagine how he behaves when his team is struggling.
It’s easy to see why Guardiola’s managerial career has been such a success. At no point did he let his team lose focus last season.
“You are not tired if you want to be champions,” the 47-year-old tells his players. Notice he even flips the finger while telling them they are not tired.
City would go on to win the match 1-0 thanks to Bernardo Silva’s goal.
One month later, they were champions.
You get the sense that many managers will watch All or Nothing. They could certainly learn a thing or two.
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