To many football pundits and football fans, Pep Guardiola’s success could be attributed to overspending on players, claiming that he wouldn’t be as successful as he is without the big budget opportunity.
Guardiola joined Manchester City after his successful year at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, since his arrival to the English league in 2016, he has signed almost the first eleven and the bench.
Kevin De Bruyne remains the only player the Catalan met at City, others were sold and were replaced with the appropriate players. Also, Pep has given many youngsters from the City academy to shine and has promoted a few numbers of them to the senior team.
However, his alleged overspeeding years at City have brought a lot of trophies to the club. They have won many Premier League titles, hoping to create history by winning it for the fourth time in a row this campaign. Similarly, the City cabinet is full of other domestic and European trophies, all thanks to the tactician.
Therefore, former Arsenal legend, Martin Keown, believes that the City boss should not be judged by the term ‘overspending’ but with the number of trophies he has won for the Cityzens and his influence on the English football.
“Critics might say he has the big budget and the best players, but he is using it to a maximum,” he said as reported by Daily Mail.
“His style is rippling through English football. Teams from here to the far reaches of the land, even in Sunday pub leagues, are playing out from the back. Beat the press, keep the ball, and use it quickly. The Guardiola Effect. It will remain long in the memory.”
According to him, Guardiola’s masterclass was witnessed in the last Premier League match against Newcastle United. He said the City boss made two changes to turn the game around and earned all three points
“I rewatched City’s last game against Newcastle for this article. Remember, in this game, with City trailing 2-1, two substitutes scored to win the three points. Two changes Guardiola made.”