What next for Manchester City after Champions League exit?

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Manchester City's defeat in the Champions League semi-final by Real Madrid has left more questions about the direction the club will take when Manuel Pellegrini departs at the end of the season. 

With outgoing Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola set to take charge in July, there are plenty of issues to tackle ahead of a new era at the Etihad Stadium.


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Securing Champions League football

City host Arsenal on Sunday sitting in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. 

Victory over an inconsistent Gunners side would put them in the driving seat to go on and claim third spot, thereby avoiding a potentially tricky qualifying tie for Guardiola to navigate in order to secure elite European club football again next season.

Will Pep be forced to sell? 

While there are plenty of players said to be on the summer shopping list of former Barcelona boss Guardiola, the Spaniard also must tackle how best to take the current squad forwards.

The futures of players like Martin Demichelis, Wilfried Bony, Eliaquim Mangala, Samir Nasri and Fernandinho are all said to be up for discussion, along with the burning issue of whether Yaya Toure will be staying on.

How to spend 

There was a time when City could simply blow their rivals out of the water with their own financial firepower, but the imminent new bumper broadcasting deal will go some way to levelling out that advantage. Well, maybe.

Nevertheless, expect plenty of cash to be paid out of the deep Etihad coffers, with reported targets to include Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, Bayern Munich full-back Alaba and even Lionel Messi. Well maybe.

Will possession prove key?

Guardiola's Barcelona and Bayern sides played a possession game, which proved hugely effective in their own domestic leagues, and to some extent in Europe.

However, the hustle-and-bustle of the English top flight represents a whole new ball game to any coach - just ask Jurgen Klopp. During their Champions League semi-final, Bayern struggled at times to cope with Atletico Madrid's own brand of high-tempo football.

So it remains to be seen just how Guardiola will aim to take on the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and indeed newly-crown champions Leicester, as well as a cold, wet February trip to Burnley or Stoke.

What should Man City do to improve their chances next season? Have your say in the comments. 

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