Manchester City job offers Pep Guardiola a fresh challenge to prove his managerial mettle

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Manchester City may finally be about to become England's - and possibly Europe's - dominant force following the announcement Pep Guardiola will take over this summer.

The Spaniard boasts a glorious managerial career at just 45-years-old having won three La Liga titles, the Bundesliga twice, two Champions Leagues, three UEFA Super Cups, three FIFA Club World Cups and six other domestic honours during stints with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

It isn't just his success rate that should be getting City fans excited for next season, though. More importantly, Guardiola should be able to get the best use out their new £200 million academy complex, a short walk from the Etihad.


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It was likely to have been a big lure for Guardiola and probably part of the reason why he chose the Citizens ahead of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, who were also interested in appointing him.

City's academy set up is very much similar to the one he had at Barcelona - a vast array of training pitches set up to practice for different conditions; lounge areas for the players; 16 outdoor pitches; a gym; and learning facilities for the club's youth players.

Belief in youth

Guardiola gave 22 youth players their debuts during four successful years at Barcelona, and with City keen to bring through their own talent and cut the spending made on bringing players in from other clubs, the Spaniard is the perfect man to assess who to bring into the first team and when.

There's no doubting the quality of facilities at United's Carrington, or the quality of youth system at Chelsea, but City's investment into their facilities stands out and will work well for Guardiola in his bid for success.

What might have tempted the 45-year-old most was the challenge of turning a Premier League contender into England's finest, having previously walked into already-successful Bayern and Barcelona sides.


City have the financial power to sign anyone, yet they haven't been winning trophies consistently each season - and Guardiola's task will be to take City further than they ever have in Europe.

The foundations are in place for Guardiola to make City a heavyweight in both England and Europe. A new training complex, the finances to sign anyone who the Spaniard sees fit and inheriting a world-class squad - it was too good an opportunity to turn down.

Arsenal were never going to sack Arsene Wenger to bring in Guardiola, despite all the reports. Just short of 12 years without a Premier League title, why would the Gunners sack the Frenchman now if they hadn't already?

Chelsea's quick-fire policy may have been off-putting for Guardiola, especially given the club's previous troubles between players and management staff.

The United job, meanwhile, is always an attractive option for a manager, but with the club unsure on Louis van Gaal's future, there was no clear indication Guardiola was wanted at Old Trafford.

Work in progress

City's two league titles in the past four seasons serve as proof that the club are moving in the right direction, but they have failed to find the required consistency under recent managers to win back-to-back titles. Guardiola is a perfectionist, so it would be surprising if he doesn't help the Sky Blues win titles on the bounce.

However, in Europe is where Guardiola has some work to do. City have flattered to deceive as far as English representation in the tournament is concerned, and with the squad that they possess, they should be doing much better than they have been.

The future is bright for City fans, but even more so for Guardiola - this will be the first time the Spaniard has vied to conquer Europe with a side yet to prove itself on club football's elite stage. This will be a true test of his renowned managerial ability.

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