It would seem that Manchester City are setting the pace both on and off the pitch in the Premier League, and they are not about to relent in their pursuit of glory. City are still competing on four fronts as they look to make a success of their campaign after the mediocrity of last term.
Manager, Pep Guardiola is a man on a mission and has looked to get back on track following the snub by Alexis Sanchez to join Manchester United.
The Spanish tactician looked odds-on to sign the Chilean superstar but he opted to join the Jose Mourinho project, leaving Pep to make late inroads in the winter transfer market. City submitted a late bid for Leicester wide man, Riyad Mahrez though the Foxes have rejected the offer, with the 2016 Premier League champions looking for a fee closer to the £100m mark.
City will stop at nothing to achieve success, and despite allegations that the Citizens are buying the title, their manager is unperturbed. Last term surprised him as the intensity of the league affected his playing philosophy, with many players failing to understand his methods. This season, however, all the ingredients for a good meal are available but Pep is looking ominous in his quest for glory as reports suggest that he is looking at signing Mahrez to replace the injured Leroy Sane.
The former Schalke man has been ruled out for close to 2 months following an injury in the FA Cup fourth round win at Cardiff City. With United signing Sanchez, Pep is looking at Mahrez to add quality to what is an already amazing band of attacking players. City have scored over 70 times in the league this season, beating teams by huge margins and making opposition bend to their superior playing style.
Guardiola doesn’t want any margin of error in his quest for glory. Mahrez has reportedly handed in a transfer request to force a move to the Etihad Stadium, but there are still questions as to whether the move will go ahead of the deadline. The 26-year-old Algerian International has returned to his brilliant best under Claude Puel after struggling last season and at the beginning of this campaign.
Many would have thought with Sane and Bernado Silva still fit and raring to go, Pep would not look into the transfer window to replace Sane, but he has shown a side of him that nobody knew existed.
Sane has been magical all season, and would have been looking to continue his form, but injury has cost him that chance. Pep knows that with City fighting for four trophies, getting a player of Mahrez’s quality could lead to winning two or 3, as the Algerian offers something quite different to the rest of City players.
While he is left-footed like Sane, he offers more goal-scoring threat than the young German, who is content at running at defenders and putting in first time crosses. Mahrez is just a joy to behold, as he likes cutting in from the right to create chances for himself and teammates. The 2016 PFA Player of the Year Award winner knows that this is perhaps his last or penultimate chance to getting the dream move to a big club that he has always favoured.
Guardiola is on a mission and not even the transfer window or pundits can stop him