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Man City needs Pep to achieve these 2 essential things this season

Man City was paving their way to success before Pep Guardiola sent his CV to the Etihad. Ever since their success has been astronomical. However, there are two things missing that he has to achieve this season…

Pep Guardiola has concocted a squad filled to the brim with the highest quality of players in European football. They have a stunning training complex in Manchester, a domestic quadruple under their belt and a clear structure from top to bottom.

Almost sounds like the opposite of Man Utd right?

But there are 2 things that their neighbours in Red have achieved throughout their history, that Man City need to match to be considered one of Europe’s biggest clubs…

Champions League

Guardiola has failed to get any real momentum in the Champions League for Man City. Despite mass amounts of success in England.

With the quality of their squad and the resources and funds put into it, Guardiola must do this justice with a Champions League trophy. Or, at least, a fantastic Champions League final for the fans to enjoy.

Man City have clearly mastered English football, with only Liverpool looking like chasing them down.

Next step… Europe!

Youth Academy

Man City’s squad majors in getting talent from other European clubs, at a fairly high price. Man Utd, on the other hand, has always had a tendency to either produce their own talent or purchase promising young players from other clubs. Something new manager Solskjaer is re-initiating.

Man City, for the sake of their development and world-status, must begin to follow suit. Glimpses of this is being seen with the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Nevertheless, having a flowing system of the academy to first-team could see Man City rule European football for the foreseeable future.

Man City should best consider selling these 2 in January

Guardiola is fortunate enough to have one of the best squads in European football. To such an extent, that it could be time to let some of their brilliant players walk out of the door…

Manchester City has to make way for some of the young talents they have coming through. Losing the likes of Leroy Sane, Phil Foden and promising academy prospects to big European clubs can only slow down their progression.

With this in mind, here are two players that Guardiola could lose without harming the squad. As there are replacements who would benefit from their game time…

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan, 28, recently signed a contract which will take him to 2023 at the Etihad. However, should Guardiola opt against loaning out Phil Foden, the only respectable alternative is to give the youngster first-team football?

Despite Gundogan being a fantastic option as a rotational midfielder, he could be stealing game time away from the Man City youth talent.

Although David Silva is in his final season with Man City, it is probable that the Citizens will replace the Spaniard superstar with a like-for-like talent from a top European club.

Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez, 28, will turn 29 upon the return of the injured Leroy Sane. Who is considering a move to Germany due to a lack of a starting eleven football.

After coming from Leicester, Mahrez himself hasn’t seen an awful lot of game time. And at his age, he could be looking at a move away to ensure a lot of football in the final five years of his career at full fitness.

This would benefit Sane with more game time, ultimately benefiting Man City by having a happy and content world-class winger.

2 key Man City u23’s that will cause Rochdale problems tonight

The future of Man City will face Rochdale in the Leasing.com Trophy and two youngsters, in particular, will be looking to make a name for themselves in this local derby…

Man City could begin to bring players through the youth system as opposed to buying in talent, which would give the club more status in world football. The Leasing.com Trophy gives an opportunity for young talent to face experienced first-team players from lower leagues.

In their first game of the group stage of the competition, Man City u23s will face a decent Rochdale side at Spotland Stadium.

In a tough game against a confident side in a harsh league, the youth of Man City needs to put in a professional display. However, there are 2 players in particular who will put in a huge performance against Rochdale…

Benjamin Garre

Garre, 19, came from Argentina in 2016 to join up with Man City’s academy. This old-fashioned winger has a certain style of play that doesn’t come around so often in modern football, making him a project for the future.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Garre must impress this season. Performing against people his age might not be enough to convince Guardiola that the winger can come close to the first team any time soon. However, a successful run in a competition against experienced players will allow him to prove otherwise.

Iker Pozo

Pozo was a part of the Real Madrid youth academy before joining Man City in 2012. Being part of both of these academies tells you how highly this 19-year-old midfielder is rated.

The Spaniard plays as a defensive midfielder. In a game where they could be considered the underdogs, being attacked heavily by Rochdale is probably on the cards.

This will give Pozo a perfect opportunity to prove his defensive skills. Putting himself in the mind of Guardiola, as someone who could one-day rival Rodri for his defensive midfield position.

These 2 Rochdale youngsters are guaranteed to cause Man City u23s problems

Rochdale has had an average start to the season, but certain performances from certain players show that they can cause their opponents an issue or two on their day…

Rochdale have won two, drawn three and lost one league game in EFL League One so far, leaving them in eleventh place. With regards to Rochdale’s usual form, things are actually on the up in Rochdale this season.

When The Dale beat Bolton 5-2 in the Football League Trophy, the weakness of their opponent doesn’t give much insight as to how Rochdale will cope with the competition.

However, some performances from their young players have given an insight as to what Rochdale could offer this season. These 2 youngsters, in particular, could see them surpass Man City u23s in the next round of the Football League Trophy…

Callum Camps

This 23-year-old local lad striker will be keen to put in a good performance against Man City u23s. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 6 games so far in League One and is fast becoming one of competition’s most prolific forwards.

Aaron Morley

Morley, who is only 19, has become a first-choice midfielder for Barry-Murphy’s side. He has featured in 5 league games, scoring 2 goals and putting in some fantastic performances.

With Morley in the middle of the park and Camps up top, Rochdale’s attacking threat could be brutal over the coming years should they keep hold of these talents. Should they both feature against Man City u23s, they will most certainly cause their fellow footballing youngsters some serious problems.