Pep's Achilles Heel: Why Manchester City Will Not Win League

EPL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 14/12/2016

Pep-Guardiiola and his EPL chances

The dream of winning the Premier League in his first try is by the day getting harder for Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola.

Going by the awesome start recorded by Guardiola, some were tipping him to go all the way but that optimism is weaning by the weeks as the flaws of the Citizens is gradually coming to bear and smart teams are exploring the noticed loopholes and weak links.

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At the time of this report , Manchester City are fourth on the log behind the trio of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool and many suggest that if City are 'lucky' enough to keep hold of the last Champions League spot they would have been deemed to have fared well enough; adding that the title for 2016/17 is far fetched owing to these reasons: 

Susceptible defence: 

For many, the most visible weak department in the present Manchester City set up is their defense.

With Vincent Kompany too injury-prone to be relied upon, there are huge doubts about whether this City defence as presently constituted can perform well enough to win the title 

A honest assessment of the City back five, shows that it is unlikely for any of them get into a best Premier League defence.

The full-back areas are the main concern, with Aleksandar Kolarov, Gael CIichy, Bacary Sagna, and Pablo Zabaleta all the wrong side of 30, and there are doubts about whether they are good enough to play to Guardiola’s style.

Also, there are still question marks over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who many still argue is not a better replacement for City's erstwhile number one, Joe Hart.

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Even though the first choice centre-back pairing of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi is solid, but you need able deputies as, at some stage, one if not both will get injured or suspended but City does not have that and that could prove costly

All about Aguero

Having a superstar in a team is always a good omen but that becomes a problem if the world starts and ends with that individual.

That seems to be the case with Manchester City who have overtime struggled once Sergio Aguero is not at his best or absent owing to injury or suspension. 

Yes, Kelechi Iheanacho did well when Aguero got suspended at the start of the season, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to lead the line for six plus matches if needed.

The Nigerian struggled in the last match away to Leicester City as he was given the needed balls by his teammate..

Failing to command the kind of charisma possessed by Aguero, Iheanacho is bound to struggle when he is elected to lead the line

The same could be said of Nolito who, although he has occasionally done well, is still adapting to English football.

When City  won the league in 2011/12, Roberto Mancini had Aguero, Edin Dzeko, and Mario Balotelli as his forward options, and they netted 50 league goals between them that season.

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When they won the league in 2013/14, Manuel Pellegrini had Aguero, Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic leading the line, and they netted 45 league goals between them that season.

Looking at the current options, it’s difficult to see those numbers being reproduced this season.

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Defiant Guardiola

That a plan worked well in Spain and also in Germany does not guarantee that it will in England which many admits has its own peculiarity.

However, latest comments from Guardiola about sticking to his brand of football come what may could be self destructive and equally counter productive. 

The Citizens have won just four  of their last 15 matches following on from an impressive 10-game winning run to kick off the season, including back-to-back defeats against Chelsea and Leicester City but rather than sit to see what can be altered to bring in a change, Guardiola says he will stick to his gun..

We wait to see how far this  approach will take City but it is almost certain that it cannot deliver the League title in his first try!