Man City defence expenditure woes
There's no gainsaying that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have broken the transfer record for the number of accumulated player purchase in just about two transfer windows of his service to the club. In this two transfer windows only and still counting Pep have spent a whopping sum of £400m on players transfer. As he's rightly billed: the cheque book manager, he has already spent close to the £1 billion in his short 9 years managerial profession in the dug out. Most recently and ironically, he has lunged an attempt at signing top class defenders, even when he is known for his much revered attack style of play; tiki taka at Barcelona and possession-cum-attack at Bayern Munich. But at Manchester City and probably due to his first season experience in the EPL, Pep have set up to organize his defense astutely to cover the gap for errors while the opposition is on the counter attack play. I do not blame him at all as this is mainly due to the fierce competition in the English league and also due to the small teams signing big and world class players also as the EPL is known for it's high finance and capital at play. This season only, the Manchester City boss has sanctioned the release of about four players in the defense lineup: Willy Caballero, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta while also assenting the purchase of four key men in the defence line, with goalkeeper Ederson Moraes being bought for £35m, Kyle Walker for £50m, Danilo for £27m and Benjamin Mendy for £52m. He's also reportedly in the news for a new center back which will raise his expenditure for the defense line only even further up the £164m mark it is on presently. Last season he shelled out £47.5m for former Everton defender John Stones and Claudio Bravo for £17m from Barcelona but you would agree it was his maiden season in the premier league and many hidden stories were still not practicable to him until the end of last season probably when it dawned on him he had to revitalize the whole defense line completely. This task is rather made easy considering the strength of Sheik Mansour gargantuan treasure chest. Ironically this is against the laid down principle of a man who has been known to adopt the 'attack is the best form of defense' football ideology. He carefully played this theory out at his previous clubs: Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He supposedly played with the same pattern in his first season at the Etihad, which I'm of the opinion ricocheted back at him too many times especially on the counter attack play which is more often employed in the EPL too many times by the lower teams. The EPL has probably built him to give more credence to the defense as well which is very much unlike his previous style of play that brought him a trophy laden career at the Camp Nou and the Alianz Arena . Assuming the post of a managerial role of an English club have no doubt added to his loads of managerial experience, which is a whole different concept with respect to the competitive level on display in the EPL. Whichever plan he adopts, this new season will command a high level of pressure on his game, the amount of cash spent and the number of players coming newly into the team will correspondingly amount to loads of albatross around Pep's neck.