Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Finishing 3rd Is No Triumph for Guardiola

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Finishing 3rd Is No Triumph for Guardiola

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SUPERB footballer, but as a pundit I don't often agree with Roy Keane.

He's been saying that finishing in the top four in the Premier League is nothing to celebrate - and it is trophies that count.

The United legend has a point when it comes to the so-called big clubs, but for the majority winning qualification for the richest and greatest club competition in the world - the Champions League - is a brilliant achievement.

Having said that, for City to finish third or fourth represents a poor season. The club is arguably the richest in the land, has a worldclass manager with a winning reputation, expanded ground, a fastgrowing global fanbase, academy facilities second to none fi in fact everything is going for the Blues.

But Pep Guardiola has had a rude awakening to life in the Prem. He's had his positives in his first season here, but the big negatives were sending out Joe Hart on loan to Italy without having an adequate replacement lined up, together with an irritating issue over Sergio Aguero. …

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