The Citizens have grossly underperformed this season, and while they have lifted the League Cup and are still alive in the Champions League—breaking new ground in the competition—their Premier League performance has fallen way below expectations.
As well as exiting the FA Cup limply at the hands of Chelsea, City remain a whopping 15 points behind leaders Leicester City and firmly off the pace in the league, and ten behind second-place Tottenham Hotspur.
Not only is the title a long shot, but the Citizens aren’t even guaranteed to return to the Champions League next season. Sunday’s derby defeat to Manchester United means that Louis van Gaal’s side are closing in on the Sky Blues, while West Ham United’s magnificent form this season makes them viable contenders to replace Manuel Pellegrini’s side in fourth place.
Pep Guardiola will arrive at the Etihad Stadium this summer as a replacement for the Chilean coach and, according to the tabloid, much change is afoot.
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The Mirror [as above] note that the club are planning a major summer rebuild, and that City’s hierarchy are convinced that Guardiola can help transform the club into genuine contenders—and even Premier League champions once again.
The coach is expected to oversee a large-scale overhaul at the club this summer, and the tabloid notes that ‘four or five players’ will be expected to leave, with roughly the same number arriving.