The explosion of other clubs, the departure of Guardiola, the transfer of KDB: when will Manchester City’s hegemony end?

The explosion of other clubs, the departure of Guardiola, the transfer of KDB: when will Manchester City’s hegemony end?
The explosion of other clubs, the departure of Guardiola, the transfer of KDB: when will Manchester City’s hegemony end?

Mikel Arteta’s words sum it all up. “We tried, we had a season with records that should normally produce titles, but we didn’t win any.” Not because the Gunners weren’t good enough. But because there were even better people than them.

Champion for the fourth time in a row (an unprecedented feat in the history of English football), Manchester City once again dominated all their competitors. Even if the margin with Arsenal (+2 points) was extremely slim. “We worked so hard, it was a tough battle with Arsenal and Liverpool and to be here again and do something historic is incredible”rejoiced Kevin De Bruyne, crowned for the sixth time.

”The Premier League is the benchmarkthinks captain Kyle Walker who emphasizes the size of the feat achieved. It is rightly recognized as the toughest and most competitive championship in the world, so winning it four times in a row illustrates what we have collectively managed to achieve.”

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I’m closer to leaving than staying.

If the title was won narrowly, we still have the impression that this City team has never in reality doubted its ability to win. “We gave that little extra after the Club World Cup (in December) because that’s where it really counts”judge Erling Haaland, while Rodri points out the element that made the difference: “Mentality”. “We have the best players and one of the best generations I have seen in Europe, but the only way to do that is to have that winning mentality every day”points out the Spaniard.

And after Pep?

We therefore wonder how much longer this success story. The main answer lies in this motivation instilled by Pep Guardiola, whose contract ends in 2025. “Right now, I’m not able to tell you exactly what my motivation will be to continue, because it’s sometimes difficult to find it once you’ve achieved everything.admitted the Spanish coach after the coronation, leaving doubt about the future of the City dynasty after 2025. The reality is I’m closer to leaving than staying.”

Pep Guardiola expresses doubts about his future at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola, who carefully composed this group, remains the guarantor of unity and the catalyst of the energy deployed. It is therefore imperative that this philosophy manages to survive its departure so that the players can take over for themselves. “When I arrived, Fernandinho, Kompany, David Silva and Aguero made sure I gave my allattests Bernardo Silva. We need to make sure new players feel the same way. It’s unacceptable not to work hard and not give 100%.”

”The manager sets the standards, but this team likes to play with each otheragrees Kevin De Bruyne who believes that it is also the balance of personalities which plays this role. It’s not a team with big egos, it’s a team that likes to play with each other and have fun.”

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This is a team that loves to play with each other and have fun.

Like what Real Madrid managed to create with its characteristic state of mind that spans generations, Manchester City will have to succeed in perpetuating its trademark by finding a coach in the same vein and by recruiting intelligently. . Since executives like Kevin De Bruyne (32), Bernardo Silva (29) or Kyle Walker (33) are not eternal, we will also have to count on younger standard-bearers like Phil Foden. “I want to know that feeling of winning every seasonalready warns the young 23-year-old Englishman, voted best player of the season. There’s no better feeling and I just want to keep winning as much as possible.”

In any case, we are already looking forward to seeing the 2024-2025 season with Arsenal’s thirst for revenge, the passing of the torch from Jürgen Klopp to Arne Slot at Liverpool, the redemption of Manchester United, the continuation of Chelsea’s revival… and Guardiola’s likely final season.

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