But Guardiola took over a team that wasn’t his and after buying only a few first team players, none of which could be described as world class, has transformed them into the best team in Europe.
I know he isn’t going to do that with Stoke or Swansea but he could certainly win trophies and win the PL with our budget.
Don’t forget Wenger has also bought three or four expensive players in the last couple of windows and he seems to have gone the other way.
I don’t remember Wenger, or any other top PL manager, queueing up to buy Delph, Sterling, Walker, Fernandinho, Ederson, Otamandi, Danilo etc, who are all first team players.
So Guardiola must be doing something they can’t.
Can you name any other manager who comes close to doing what Guardiola has done?
They are credit to Pep because they improved dramatically under his management. The Messi pre-Pep was not on the same level as the Messi we saw during and after Pep. He transformed him. Like he did players like Xavi and Iniesta.
They were expensive because it was Man City doing the buying, but I still maintain that Walker and Stones, who are the only first team regulars that Guardiola bought, that were over 40m, wouldn’t be considered world class.
Have a look at the players in the Man City first team, that start most games and they are either players that were already there, or that were not considered elite players when he bought them.
It’s not as if he has assembled a wishlist of the best players in Europe, because I’m fairly sure that Delph, Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Fernandinho, Emerson etc, wouldn’t be on any other top managers list.
He has also managed to turn round, dramatically the form of under performing players like Sterling, who under previous managers had done very little to deserve a first team place.