Can Man City dominate Europe?

JOHANNESBURG - A head of his move to Manchester City this season, there are those who had lots questions over about Pep Guardiola’s tactical shrewdness.

Facts put behind this scepticism were based on the fact that the past two teams Guardiola presided over didn’t need that much push.

There are varying arguments that Guardiola’s first team that catapulted him to stardom —  Barcelona — was a complete product which could make any coach look good.

The Catalans went on to achieve history under Guardiola winning almost every silverware on offer and dominating the game in Spain.

It was his style of play though that caught the attention of football fans with Barca building their football philosophy on short passes based on long periods of possession and pressing football.

After three successful years at Barcelona, Guardiola took a sabbatical and went on holiday in the United States for a year.

His return to football management was with another dominant club, Bayern Munich, the record Germany champions who have dominated both the domestic front and are renowned giants in Europe.

While he could not repeat the European domination with Bayern, he won the league title in all the years he was in Munich.

So dominant was Bayern under Guardiola that they have nicknamed the Bundesliga the ‘‘Bayernsliga’’.

But still there are those Doubting Thomases who insist there was nothing special about Guardiola’s achievements and that both Barca and Bayern were clubs tailor-made for any coach to achieve success.

It is this misgiving that made many pundits doubt that Pep will make it at Manchester City.

But seven games into his new job, he has won all the games — four league games and three Champions League encounters. That is a massive return for any mentor.

Man City are the only side in the English Premiership still to taste defeat and if the way they defeated cross-town rivals Manchester United is anything to go by, this team might go places.

They are not only beating teams but doing it with great swagger and domination.

Here Guardiola has instilled the type of football that we last saw when he was at Barcelona and most English Premiership sides, including some big guns in Europe are trembling at the thought of meeting City.

Whoever thought that Guardiola was a coach used to taking charge of already made products is now forced to see what this mentor is made of.

It might be too early to think that City will win the league title and many other silverware during Guardiola’s stay at Etihad but those who have seen the club in action in recent times will be the first to admit that bigger things are coming City fans’ way.

They are entertaining, ruthless and are determined to leave a lasting impression.

They are currently the most exciting team in Europe and seem to be growing in confidence with each game.

Can they win the English Premiership title? Can they also win Europe’s biggest tournament the Champions League?

Can this team dominate the English game the way Manchester United or Liverpool once did?

Nothing can be discounted at the rate this Manchester City under Guardiola is playing. They look the real deal.

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