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How can Man City close the Premier League & Champions League gap in this window

Pep’s Manchester City have been nothing short of world-class, particularly in the race for dominance in English football. But last season took a turn, as Liverpool outdid the Blues all season and claimed their first Premier League trophy…

This does require Guardiola to take a step back. With their consistent dominance in English football, sights were all set on Champions League success, which was stopped in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 defeat to Lyon.

So, after a massively unsuccessful season, as far as Man City are concerned. It’s back to the drawing board for Guardiola who has to figure out two things. The first is how to keep Liverpool at bay and below them in the table. The second is how to perform on the Champions League stage and get results that reflect it.

An important window for Man City

With the transfer window currently open, Guardiola could strengthen his squad in such a way that will allow them to be consistent in England and firm in Europe.

John Stones, Laporte, Fernandinho and Otamendi are currently Man City’s preferred defenders. Amongst them are several players known to get injuries and none are particularly renown as world-class defenders.

Adding someone like Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli would bolster the defence and make them more akin to the European giants like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Despite the exit of David Silva, Man City have a cost-free option to replace him. With the surge of Phil Foden in the Premier League, the only shadow being cast on him was by David Silva himself. Now the young talent should be given the opportunity to prove that he makes the squad better and not worse.

With squad depth, quality and belief in some youngsters, Guardiola could have the tools he needs to close the gaps in England and Europe.

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