johnny crossan wrote: Beefymcfc wrote: Mase wrote:
“Net, the difference between his spending at Manchester City and that of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United is around £44m — or Bernardo Silva. And Manchester City are not eight points clear because of Bernardo Silva. Most weeks, he can't get in the team.”
I’ll bring that up with a rag any time money is mentioned this season. Thanks Martin.
And that's after Pep had to overall an ageing squad.
The fullback situation was indeed ridiculous and we're still short of a LB - and cover for Fernandinho following the departure of Fernando - and a CB given the obvious unsuitability of Mangala. The consequences of poor recruitment in those areas should not be underestimated in assessing last season's performance.
And also this as it has a knock on effect. Once we had notice from Guardiola I think things started shaping up and we brought Pep's players in well before he arrived. The thing is though, that we still have to play within the rules and we can't just spend willy-nilly, therefore couldn't bring in all within such a short period. The FB issue has gone on for a few seasons now without being addressed and Pep probably thought, with his system, that they could do a job and it wasn't a priority. A serious oversight for me but one that he learnt from and addressed the best we could.
Just imagine where we could be if we'd spent a little more wisely and not tried to rely on 3 or 4 ageing FBs to compete in a multitude of competitions?