There has been much criticism of Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, who coached them to the Premier League championship, including claims that his teams were the most “boring” to ever win the league. Guardiola previously coached at Barcelona.
With a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa on the last day of the season last year, City became the fourth team in a row to win the Premier League.
Only Chelsea and Liverpool have won the league more than once in Guardiola’s tenure in England, but his team has become a dominant force at home.
Some fans are becoming tired with their kind of football. City’s all-star lineup stifles their opponents and sets the stage for their many goals a game. There’s a formula that’s followed in most goals as well: wingers cut the ball across for a player charging into the box.
Ian, an Arsenal supporter, doesn’t think City are all that interesting, going so far as to say they’re one of the least entertaining teams to win the championship.
He said on talkSPORT, “I believe City are the most boring club to ever win the Premier League. There’s no denying they play excellent football; I’m not disputing that. In contrast, we cared about their 2012 title win under Mancini, before Sir Alex Ferguson had left the club. We cared about [Vincent] Kompany’s header against them, the [Sergio] Aguero moment. Since then, not even City supporters care anymore.
The conversation then shifted to Guardiola’s first managerial position, which Ian began to research. At the Camp Nou, the Spaniard won three La Liga championships and two Champions Leagues.
Andres Iniesta, Xavi, and Lionel Messi were a lethal three for Guardiola with that squad. ‘Tiki-taka’ football, which it helped popularise, has been called boring.
I’ll take you back to 2009, when Barcelona were the greatest team in the world,” Ian said.
“For the last 90 minutes, all you could think of while watching them was ‘tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap. Okay, it’s entertaining, but there’s no real feeling in it. You shouldn’t waste your time watching it.
Whether you ask me if Arsenal has a chance of winning the Premier League, I have to say no. I suppose every football fan hopes they beat Man City, however.
On Saturday, City will play Brentford in a Premier League rematch.
Meanwhile, Arsenal will visit Wolverhampton Wanderers in the late evening.
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