Pundit claims Guardiola’s best days are behind him at Man City

Date published: Wednesday 28th October 2020 2:27

Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has claimed that Pep Guardiola’s tenure at the club has already peaked.

The 47-year-old outlined the fact that the Citizens boss has not won the Champions League since the 2010/11 season when he lifted the trophy with Barcelona.

He went on to suggest that his record during his time at the Nou Camp is a major reason why he hasn’t already been asked to leave the Etihad Stadium.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the ex-Liverpool man said: “If you look at their record in the Champions League, any other manager would’ve been in big bother.

“Obviously he’s got some Barcelona history in the boardroom and maybe that’s why he’s still there.

“He didn’t reach a final with Bayern Munich or Man City – and if you look at the teams who did, they don’t have the same funds.

 

“It’s simply not good enough. If you look at the teams who beat them, I just wonder what has to happen for them to make a change.

“We don’t like managers getting sacked, but I think any other manager would be in big bother.”

Since leaving Barcelona in 2012, Guardiola has failed to reach another Champions League final. However, he has picked up two Premier League titles and three Bundesliga crowns along the way.

In addition, City have won three successive Carabao Cups and the FA Cup under the Spaniard’s stewardship.

His Manchester City side have won both Champions League group stage games this season, including Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Marseille. 


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Former Germany international Hamann also doesn’t envisage the English giants winning the Premier League or the Champions League in the next few years.

He highlighted that Guardiola’s arc at a club doesn’t typically last for more than a handful of years.

He said: “Historically, he was at Munich for three years and he improved the team, but the players were happy when he left because he was so demanding.

“I think a manager like Guardiola can’t be at a club for more than four or five years.

“He’s done that at Man City and if you see the players they bring in, there is no continuity and I don’t see them improving enough with the money they’ve spent.

“I think they’ve peaked under Guardiola, I don’t see them winning the Premier League or the Champions League in the next few years.”

Manchester City play Sheffield United on Saturday as they attempt to win their third game in six league fixtures.

Guardiola has responded to the criticism his side has faced following their lacklustre start to the top-flight campaign.

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