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Five (5) things Guardiola must do at Man City before Premier League kicks off
Nеw Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hаѕ lеѕѕ thаn fоur weeks tо prepare hіѕ squad fоr whаt promises tо bе аnоthеr hugely competitive Premier League season. Wіth ѕо mаnу оf City’s rivals kicking оff thе nеw campaign wіth aspirations оf mounting a title challenge, іt’ѕ crucial hіѕ ѕіdе аrе fullу prepared ahead оf thеіr opening clash wіth Sunderland оn Aug. 13.
Hеrе аrе fіvе things thаt Guardiola wіll bе working оn іn thіѕ crucial period tо gіvе City thе edge gоіng іntо thе nеw season.
1. Determine who’s staying and who’s going
It’s more than six weeks since the transfer window opened but there’s plenty still up in the air over who is staying and going. City have so far landed two of their top targets, Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito, while Everton defender John Stones and Schalke winger Leroy Sane are expected to follow.
But there could be others. City have been linked with a number of goalkeepers since the season ended, including Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo, but a rival for Joe Hart doesn’t appear to be any closer.
It’s typical during World Cup, Copa America and European Championship years that elite players delay decisions over transfers until the tournaments are over. But Guardiola will want his new recruits joining in preseason preparations as soon as possible.
The wait for new faces also means that some of the big names he has inherited — including those he was expected to jettison — have not been allowed to leave. One possible bonus is that Guardiola has seen the likes of Yaya Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Aleksandar Kolarov in action and they will have had their chance to impress him.
The Catalan has talked in the past about working with a small squad and he will be closing in on a final decision on who’s in and who’s out.
Ezekiel Azure Zion is a sports writer and a blogger who loves what he does.