Will CL define Guardiola’s season?

After City’s 10 game winning streak at the beginning of the season, you could be forgiven for thinking that Pep had cracked English football. That has not been the case. It would be grossly hyperbolic to say that Pep’s first season has been a disaster, but City fans might have expected more. The Citizens currently sit second in the Premier League, are in the hat for the last 8 of the FA Cup and about to play Monaco in their last 16 clash.

Expectation might have been that Pep would walk the Premier League and elevate them to that elite table of European clubs. That is not going to happen after one season, could it happen in the future? Maybe. I think even the most optimistic of City fans would conceded that barring a catastrophic turn around in Chelsea’s form, the league is over. So that leaves the FA Cup and Champions League.

A trophy would be imperative for this season to be deemed a success, but a semi final or dare I say Champions League final appearance, might be a big enough indicator. Last season City managed their first appearance in a CL semi final, albeit a meek attempt at winning it. City have a huge chance of matching or even surpassing that this season. With Barcelona being all but knocked out, Bayern not being as strong as previous campaigns, City and Guardiola have a chance to stamp their authority on this competition.

Will City win it? Probably not. However, with a man who has won the competition twice as their manager and a fit and firing Sergio Aguero, anything is possible.


Wasteman of the week: Dom Solanke

Dom Solanke is a promising English forward currently at Chelsea Football Club. He possesses all the characteristics to become a great player as long as he works hard and stays humble, key word, humble. The 19 year old has made 1 senior appearance with the blues, coming off the bench to replace Oscar in the Champions League against Maribor in 2014.

Last season, as has become customary for Chelsea youngsters, he went on loan to Vitesse where we scored 7 goals in 26 appearances in all comps. Coming back off that season, Chelsea decided to keep him around the squad, giving him the chance to learn from the likes of Diego Costa. This clearly wasn’t enough for young Dominic, he felt like he needed more. He wasn’t content being around some of the best players in the Premier League, he needed more.

Solanke’s contract is up in the summer and he and his representatives are demanding £50,000 a week if he is to sign a new deal. As Chelsea clearly have common sense, they are not willing to meet these terms. Demanding £50,000 a week after playing only 27 minutes of first team football for the club is ridiculous. Marcus Rashford came on for his 50th appearance for United last night, why isn’t he demanding wage increases?

I don’t know Solanke or the situation around his representation, but this looks like another case of an agent inflating a young players ego for financial gain. He’s a talented player, but needs to focus on playing football and improving, then the money will follow. It looks certain that he’ll leave Chelsea, I hope that wherever he goes he will fulfil his potential, but let me be the first to tell you, unless you go to China, no one is paying you £50k.