How much is Pep Guardiola actually to blame for Manchester City’s woes?

Pep Guardiola

Harry Redknapp and Pep Guardiola may not have much in common, but Redknapp used to have a saying that the beleaguered Manchester City boss may relate to. In 2008, as Portsmouth geared up for the FA Cup final, Redknapp insisted their success had little to do with tactics. “It’s all about good players.” he said. “I could say I’ve drilled them for 12 hours a day on the training ground, but I’d be talking a load of bollocks.”

There is a simple truth to it, and one suspects Redknapp has not been shocked to see Guardiola find it tougher at City than at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The players seem increasingly incapable of executing his complex plans. Improvement is on the agenda but the squad remains one of the oldest in the league, filled with veterans less likely to pick up new concepts than open-minded youngsters.

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