In the past few months, Manchester City has provoked a wide range of reactions from the footballing community. The reputation they have built in recent years and the installation of Pep Guardiola has aroused the ire of many fans and journalists who have appeared eager to tar the team with every falter.
As the roster changes and the squad gets more comfortable with each other and how they are being asked to play, the vision of a renaissance will glow anew for lovers of the Sky Blue. But the expectations and residual gossip of the media will grow simultaneously.
Pep Guardiola has done an excellent job of shielding his players but his terse demeanor after a 10-man City beat Burnley has brought critical views of the manager to new heights.
His frustration is understandable and is likely drawn from both internal and external factors.
Gabrielle Marcotti of ESPN FC wanted to twist Guardiola’s effort to save individuals from harrassment into proof of his incompetence or “weariness” in transitioning into the English top flight.
For those who hope for a more consistent, high-class version of the Blues, developing the roster through the addition of a few elite defenders and ensuring consistent capitalization in front of the net are undoubtedly at the top of Pep’s priorities. As a result, the tension that has emerged recently should dissolve.
James Robson of the Manchester Evening News recently recalled Guardiola’s early season caution as evidence that the manager knew his squad's issues at both ends of the pitch.
It would be hard to believe that one of the most talented trainers in recent history would lack the know-how and the wherewithal to make City shine. Thus, it's not hard to believe that the development of a unique, successful style of play looks just as likely as it did in August.