So Pep Guardiola has some clearing out to do. For all their wealth and significant outlay of cash, Manchester City endured a nightmarish campaign last year.
Not only did they fail to take advantage of Chelsea’s drunken season, but they allowed the minnows from the King Power Stadium to swoop in and steal the Premier League title. And by a clear 15 points as well. Indeed, Man City ended up finishing closer points-wise to Swansea in 12th than to the summit - at least that was a more familiar return to the good old days.
For all the talk of Jose Mourinho having a major rebuilding job on his hands, Guardiola has arguably an even more sizeable task. While Man United finished outside the top four, it could be argued that the quality simply wasn’t there for them to squeeze their way in. For City lies a much deeper-rooted problem. For a squad that boasts a litany of top-class individuals, with pay cheques that would make your eyes water, how did they manage to just scrape into fourth place with just a point to spare?
Motivation, hunger and drive are three components that every title-winning team must have in abundance, and yet they were lacking at Eastlands last time out. They're already cleared out some players, only on loan more than permanently, but January represents an opportunity to further thin the herd.
It’s time to get the broom out Pep, you've got a big task on your hands.
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Have made a significantly insignificant playing career out of receiving several slaps around the head for not passing the ball.