Roberto Mancini surprised by Pep Guardiola’s struggle at Etihad

Mar 28, 2017
Roberto Mancini (left) with Carlos Tevez with the champions’ trophy after leading Manchester City to the EPL title in 2012.

Roberto Mancini is surprised by how Pep Guardiola is struggling to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title in his debut season in England.

Mancini said that it could be because the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss underestimated the English Premier League.

Mancini guided the Citizen’s to their maiden league title in 2012, while the Etihad Stadium outfit are currently in third position – 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

The former Inter Milan boss did admit that there is a lot of difference between other leagues in Europe and the Premier League, he still insisted that City’s failure to mount a credible title challenge is surprising.

“I was lucky enough to experience an exceptional period with City. We won so much and played great football,” Mancini told the Sunday Post.

“Now they have Guardiola, who I consider a good coach. But they are struggling a little and there is a reason.”

“In Spain, as coach of Barcelona, he had [Lionel] Messi, [Andres] Iniesta and a phenomenal team. Plus La Liga is always a two-horse race with Real Madrid, the only rival.”

“Then he went to Germany, where Bayern Munich always wins and therefore he did not have a difficult life.”

“But, in England, it is a different story because you can have as many as six Premier League clubs who can vie for the title and now there are the problems.”

“Still I am a little surprised because I think that from 2012, Manchester City is the strongest.” – Footheball