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Manchester City could become the next Barcelona if Pep Guardiola comes to England

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Reports of Spanish manager Pep Guardiola leaving his current club Bayern Munich and taking over at Manchester City next season seem to have caught momentum, with almost every publication covering this news, or rather this rumour.

Many reports in Spain have surfaced insisting that the former Barcelona boss has agreed to leave his current post at the Allianz Arena and take over at the Etihad.

These ‘reports’, however, seem a little far-fetched as City’s current boss Manuel Pellegrini has been doing pretty at the Etihad this season.

The Citizens, who have only lost three games so far in the Premier League this season, are currently sitting in third place, just a couple of points behind unexpected leaders Leicester City.

If the hierarchy at City wanted to sack Pellegrini, they could have done so last season, when the Chilean failed to help his side win a single piece of silverware. They did the exact same thing to Roberto Mancini by sacking him at the end of the 2012/13 season (when he failed to win any trophies), though he had helped City win their first English League title since 1968 in the previous campaign. However, the Middle Eastern owners of Manchester City showed their faith (which is quite rare considering their past records) in the former Malaga boss and gave him another season to prove himself.

Their gamble seems to have paid off as City have done very well in all competitions – League Cup, Premier League and the Champions League – this season, scoring a lot of goals in the process.

So it is highly unlikely that Pellegrini will lose his job at the end of the season unless City’s form starts to drastically slip. Even so, there is still a slight chance that the club from Manchester may employ Guardiola as their new manager considering the Spaniard’s sheer reputation.

Guardiola, who was a fan favourite when he was a player at Barcelona (from 1990 to 2001), was an unknown manager when he took over at the Catalan club in 2008. His decision to offload some key players including Ronaldinho and Deco received a lot of criticism. However, he managed to silence all his critics as Barcelona went on to complete a historic treble, winning the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and the Champions League that season.

More success followed as the Catalan-based club won more trophies – including two La Liga titles, a Copa Del and another Champions League title – under Guardiola.

The Spaniard finally decided to call it quits on his managerial career after spending a successful stint at the Nou Camp, citing exhaustion as the main reason.

After taking a year off, the Spaniard succeeded Jupp Heynckes as the new manager of Bayern Munich.

Although Guardiola has not been able to win the Champions League with Bayern yet, he has found a domestic success at the Allianz Arena, winning a bags of silverware, including two Bundesliga titles as well as a DFB-Pokal.

Considering his track record, Guardiola would be a success if he were to come to England. City are quite strong under Pellegrini at the moment, but, all said, they still do lack consistency.

And consistency is something that Pep Guardiola will definitely bring with him.

Messi and tiki-taka

Some more reports claiming that Barcelona star Lionel Messi will follow Guardiola to England (if the Spaniard takes over at Manchester City) have also surfaced.

Although City have the financial muscle to buy Messi, who has a release-clause of around €250 million in his current contract, it is highly unlikely that the Argentinean will move to the Etihad.

Even so, the prospect of Messi playing alongside his compatriot Sergio Aguero and wingers Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva is pretty alluring.

Guardiola may also introduce his famous possession style of football called tiki-taka at the Etihad, but this may not be prove to be successful due to the physicality of the Premier League.

City, who have lived under the shadow of their rivals Manchester United for so long, will be desperate to establish themselves as one of the titans in England as well as Europe. And signing Guardiola will be a big step in their plans to dominate the world of football.

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