The problem now for the City management is Guardiola's unflinching demand for total obedience to both him and his system. Of course, it's too early for judgements and despite two successive home draws, too early to cast doubts on his system of playing eleven men football from the back. However the City fans are not being fooled; the possession figures look good on paper but they can see that what this means in reality is that City are playing and making mistakes for huge tracts of the match in their own half.
They are also aware that as part of his plan, personnel need to change but since he's in charge they'll put up with exiling one of the world's best keepers, Hart, whilst bringing in a thirty-four year old has been, Bravo. He knows what he's doing, doesn't he? What they won't put up with, however, is the systematic disruption of team coherence or morale by arbitrary bloody mindedness under the guise of 'tactics'. You do not drop your greatest goalscorer for a match at Barcelona. How does Guardiola imagine that Aguero feels when he's told he's dropped for a game against one of the world's best teams. Full of team spirit? You bet! He's thoroughly pissed off because he lives for these games.
Most City fans, I'm sure, will give Guardiola more time but the honeymoon period is over. What they won't put up with, however, is a manager who thinks he's greater than the Club; who thinks that he can test his theory to the team's destruction.
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