Up to now, Guardiola has dealt with truly world class football teams and players. I don’t mean players who some may consider being in the top 30 in the world but majority of them are easily in the top 20. At Barcelona the philosophy was already there and players ingrained into that from an early age. At Bayern, he simply had to teach great technical players with great football brains, a different way of playing.
Next season comes his hardest test and we will see how great a manager he is. At Manchester City he has very good players and with De Bruyne, Aguero, Kompany and Silva players in the category of what he has worked with in the past. However he does not have great players in the critical areas he wants like full backs, centre of midfield and wide midfield in both areas.
We shall now see exactly how good Raheem Sterling is because up to now the only thing that has improved since he joined from Liverpool is the number of tattoos he’s had.
Football is not about tactics and systems foremost, it is about players who can execute those tactics and work to those systems and for the first time in his career Guardiola hasn’t got enough quality players to do that but I guess a couple of hundred million will change all that!