Gary Neville admits this is his favourite Man City side under Pep Guardiola because it’s ‘imperfect’, as Jamie Redknapp claims it would be a ‘major disappointment’ if they fail to go on and win the Treble this season
- Manchester City have won five of the last six league titles under Pep Guardiola
- Gary Neville has said their current team is his favourite of Guardiola’s sides
- Jamie Redknapp thinks City will be disappointed if they don’t win the Treble
Gary Neville has revealed that the current Manchester City squad is his favourite one to watch since Pep Guardiola took charge of the club in 2016.
Arsenal’s defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday handed City their third straight title, and Guardiola’s men have dominated English football in recent years, winning the Premier League five times in six seasons.
During that time, the Spanish coach has regularly tweaked his tactics, initially relying on pacy wingers like Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, before switching to a system that included a “false nine” to enable his side to dominate in midfield.
This year he has made further adjustments, bringing in Erling Haaland to lead the line, while often playing four centre backs and asking John Stones to move into midfield when the team have the ball. It has led to City blowing their opponents away in the last few months, and Neville has admitted he enjoys watching this team play more than other sides Guardiola has put together in the past.
‘I actually like this Pep Guardiola team this season more than any of the other Pep Guardiola teams. It’s imperfect’ Gary Neville told Sky Sports.
Pep Guardiola has won the Premier League five times in the last six seasons at Man City
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has admitted this is his favourite Pep Guardiola team to watch
Neville thinks City are ‘imperfect’ but has enjoyed the evolution of players like John Stones
‘We’ve seen great technical teams that’s produced but the fact at Ake or Akanji played at left-back or Stones and Walker played at right-back.
‘Haaland up front is imperfect, he’s not perfect technically. This probably isn’t the best Pep Guardiola team but it’s my favourite and the one I’d least like to play against.’
City are set to lift the Premier League trophy today after their final home game of the season against Chelsea, and will also be given a guard of honour by the Blues before kick-off.
Having secured their first trophy of the season, Guardiola’s side are still in the hunt for two more, as they prepare to play Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3, before facing Inter Milan in the Champions League final the following week.
Having watched City swat aside the likes of Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in recent weeks, Jamie Redknapp fully expects them to complete the Treble, and believes it would be a bitter blow for the team if they fail to match United’s achievement from the 1998-99 season.
Jamie Redknapp thinks City will be disappointed if they don’t go on and win the Treble this year
‘It would be a major disappointment if it doesn’t (lead to the Treble),’ Redknapp said.
‘They’re playing against their biggest rivals in Man United and then Inter Milan… I can’t see anything else but them winning the treble.
‘They totally outclassed Real Madrid. There was such a gulf in class and the way City are playing right now… Pep is doing things we haven’t seen before, bringing centre backs into midfield.
‘People said that was impossible. But he always seems to evolve to challenge his players.’
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