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How Manchester City’s players rated in Pep Guardiola’s underwhelming debut season at the Etihad Stadium

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How Manchester City’s players rated in Pep Guardiola’s underwhelming debut season at the Etihad Stadium

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When it was announced last summer that Pep Guardiola would be stepping into the shoes of Manuel Pellegrini, there was immediately a sense of anticipation lingering around the Etihad.

With his track record of winning trophies – and the big ones at that – it seemed that this was the man to finally push the Citizens towards European success and sustained Premier League titles.

After a run of six straight victories in the league to start the season, including the morale-boosting win over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford, things were looking incredibly promising for City.

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But the season failed to materialise after that, with inconsistency riddling the rest of the campaign and leaving Guardiola’s side always off the pace of Chelsea and Tottenham at the top of the table.

When it had looked in November that they would be battling for the title, they were instead embroiled in a race to just secure Champions League football – something they managed to achieve on the final day of the season at Vicarage Road after a vital run of eight matches without defeat.

 

On the European front, City managed to qualify second from a group including Guardiola’s former side Barcelona – beating them in the home fixture – but fell short on away goals to Monaco.

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Their FA Cup run came to a similar end against rivals Arsenal, with an injury-time effort from talisman Alexis Sanchez proving enough to ruin the Spaniard’s first taste of football at Wembley.

It wasn’t the best season for Manchester City, but the main thing for them is that top four finish; now with the window coming up, it’ll be interesting to see where Guardiola invests his funds.

See the next pages for how The Boot Room graded Pep Guardiola’s men in his debut campaign.

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Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.

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