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.