Manchester City have clinched their first trophy since the Premier League title-winning season, as Pep “Pep” Guardiola takes over as their new manager.
The Manchester club’s Champions League hopes have been put to bed as Guardiola becomes the club’s new boss after a whirlwind year that saw him become the youngest coach in world football at just 25 years old.
The Italian won the Europa League, the UEFA Champions League and the Copa del Rey, while the club also won the FA Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as finishing third in the Premier Leagues and finishing in the top four in La Liga.
Guardiola had to wait until the summer of 2017 for the first of those titles, the Coppa Italia.
City, who are in a difficult position after failing to qualify for the Champions League this season, will now face the task of winning their first title in 17 years.
But while Pep has been praised for his ability to get his team to the top of the Premier Division, he has also had to face criticism for his style of play, particularly in his first season as Manchester City manager.
He will be hoping to replicate that success at Manchester City this season with a squad that has been described as a “dynamic mix” of youth, experience and youth.
The City boss will be looking to improve the quality of his team as he begins his new job, but will also be under pressure to make changes to his squad in an attempt to take the club out of the shadow of their rivals Liverpool.
“I think I’ve made a good start to this job, we’re in a good spot,” said Guardiola, who has been handed a three-year contract with a £50m (£34m) option for the 2018-19 campaign.
“The players will need to have confidence, and also I want to be a team that can give you good results. “
We’ve done that before and we’ll do it again.””
The players will need to have confidence, and also I want to be a team that can give you good results.
We’ve done that before and we’ll do it again.”
We need to work hard, that’s why I’m here, and try to be as competitive as I can.
“I think we’ve improved a lot in the last few months, we had some really good games, we played in the Champions league and we lost to Juventus in the Europa league.
I’m looking forward to being here.”
City have been heavily criticised by some fans for their failure to qualify, and have been criticised for not being as aggressive as Liverpool in their pursuit of the top-four and have had to make do with being bottom of the table for a number of seasons.
But Guardiola said he would not be worried about the criticism.
“That’s football, that doesn’t matter, you have to do your job and win games.
If you look at the history of this club, we have been very successful in that, and you can see that we’ve achieved so many things,” he said.”
The most important thing is to keep working, keep improving, keep working and we will be fine.”
In the future, we’ll look back and we can only concentrate on the game and not on criticism.”
Guardiola’s side, who will begin the season in the Championship, face a tricky task in their opening fixture at Southampton on Saturday.
City will be without defender Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who missed last week’s 1-1 draw at West Ham due to a calf injury, while goalkeeper Sergio Aguero is also unavailable with a knee problem.
Manchester City’s next game is against Aston Villa on Friday (17:00 GMT) before City host Southampton on Sunday (17;00 GMT).