Opinion: Pep Guardiola is getting closer to European elites

It has taken him three full seasons but, we believe that Pep Guardiola has finally reached the elite status as the Manchester City manager.

The season that Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is completing has reached epic proportions, he can consider himself as part of the elite now.

Despite not having reached the Champions League semifinals this season after getting eliminated by Tottenham Hotspur, Pep Guardiola’s season as the Manchester City manager can’t be considered a failure.

The victory they got this Monday against Leicester City at Etihad Stadium gives the Citizens the chance to depend on themselves in order to lift the trophy.

The final fixture of the season will come as a very dramatic way in which both Liverpool and the Citizens will put an end to a fantastic tournament.

There had never been a couple of title contenders who reached over 90 points in a single season, this has never happened before in Premier League history.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool has lived up to the expectations all the way through the final fixture.

The Reds have delivered a fantastic performance but Manchester City appears to be the ultimate winner this season.

Holding up until the very last moment is a major step in the right direction for Pep Guardiola’s squad, a group of players that have matured over the last three seasons.

Next season could be the ultimate reward for City.

Ever since he took control of the squad a couple of years ago, Pep Guardiola kept repeating that his team wasn’t ready for Champions League glory.

However, this past season has proved that the Citizens have matured enough to reach never-before-seen heights next season.

The upcoming season will give Manchester City enough experience to compete against any other club in the world for the biggest trophy there is to win at club level.

Pep Guardiola already knows that he cannot use the same excuse on his speech during the next Champions League season, he has to tweak the squad a little bit but not too much.

Many of the players who performed under the Catalan manager this season will come back to a new one with their hunger for glory intact, they are the answer the boss has been looking for.

Specific players such as Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Leroy Sane, and Sergio Aguero have upgraded their level of performance.

We will get these names with a vastly different experience that can only be beneficial for the Citizens going into the new season.

We also can’t forget that Manchester City will try to sign at least one great player up front during the summer.

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If you ask this question to Pep Guardiola he would likely say no, but we believe that deep down he thinks very differently.

The Catalan manager himself already placed this Liverpool side as one of the most competitive squad’s he’s ever had to face throughout his career.

This means that Pep is accepting his team has reached an outstanding level and the natural next step is to fight for the Champions League next season.

Before the match against Leicester City, Guardiola confessed that: “Arriving at this stage, two games left with 92 points, after 100 points last season… being there, that is the most satisfaction I’ve had as a manager,” he said via Goal.

“It’s not easy, honestly. In my career as a manager, I played against incredible sides. There are two that were ‘wow’.”

“One is Barcelona with Luis Enrique, with Neymar, (Lionel) Messi and (Luis) Suarez in front. The other is this Liverpool.”

“I think they’re the best two sides I’ve faced as a manager. That’s why being here, with it in our hands, fighting against them until the end. One of the biggest achievements.”

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