Three defeats in the last four days trigger the alarm in Manchester City. And it is no small thing that one of the clubs with the greatest economic possibilities in the world is on alert. The current champion of the Premier seeks solutions, first on the board – "I have to reflect and think that the team needs and know how I can help my players", explains Pep Guardiola-, who knows if also in the market that is about to open up In the defeat is customary to repair who is not, and a player was absent in the last two trips to Crystal Palace and Leicester: midfielder Fernandinho, a piece that lacks a similar capacity replacement in one of the most expensive templates on the planet . Before the South London team began John Stones as a midfielder until the score and against took his relieved Gündogan, who repeated against Leicester and evidenced many problems in the withdrawal.
Fernandinho will be 34 years old before the end of this season, so the need to find a new relay was already in the list of tasks of the sports management headed by Txiki Begiristáin. It is a critical decision before which it may not be appropriate to rush into a winter market, even if the classification tightens. The City started the month as a leader two points above Liverpool and now sees it behind and seven behind. In three weeks he has lost as much as he did in the previous 61 games he played in the Premier League. Tottenham also beat him to relegate him to third place. "It may be the toughest Premier League in history," cautions Pep Guardiola.
A year ago who put expensive the victory was his team, which after 19 games had 55 points, a level never achieved in the competition. Thus, Manchester City ended up breaking scoring records (100) and away from the second classified (19). In five of the last ten championships, the 44 points that Guardiola's team now have would help him to lead the table. "But now there are better teams and we need to work more," the technician assumes. Christmas Eve decided to call the training camp to their children, who had planned a day off.
De Bruyne, David Silva, Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, probably the most talented players of the team, have just come out of injuries. Although the main focus is on the defensive performance of the team, which in the last nine games (including two Champions League and one League Cup) has allowed at least one goal to the opponent. The problems are further exacerbated because the left-handed Mendy is out until February and his alternative Fabian Delph, who in the last game supported Gündogan in the midfield to seek superiority when the team had the ball, ended up expelled and can not play even this Sunday in Southampton, nor especially in the match against Liverpool on day 3 at Etihad Stadium.
"Against Leicester we lost emotional control. It's not easy for us to lose several games in a row, "says midfielder Bernardo Silva. Now they must play with that pressure, but above all find answers. And in that search, everything points to Guardiola resorting to his classics. "We're conceding goals and that's one of our biggest problems," he muses. He once explained that in difficult times he wondered what Johan Cruyff would do. And after the game against Leicester he answered in line that the maestro could have done it: "We have players to play the ball, not a team created to defend, so we will make the effort to change that dynamic". In case of doubt, there is no doubt: the City will redouble the bet and will once again seek solutions with the ball.