Manchester City not guaranteed success with Pep Guardiola, says Merson

The manager is set to replace Manuel Pellegrini in the summer.

The appointment of Pep Guardiola does not make Manchester City favourites for the Premier League or the Champions League, Paul Merson told Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday, broadcast from 12pm, January 6th.

It was confirmed last week that the Bayern Munich manager would be heading to the Premier League in the summer, having agreed a deal to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad.

Many are now expecting him to bring success both domestically and in Europe for City, having enjoyed a fine career so far with both the Germans and first club Barcelona.

Merson though, says his appointment does not make them favourites for the Premier League while they will also need at least four players to be contenders for the Champions League.

“I don’t think the manager coming in [Guardiola] makes them a shoe in for the league,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“I think they want to conquer Europe; the Champions League is the one for the owners.”

“I think they’ll at least bring in four players. I don’t think Pep Guardiola is the difference of winning the Champions League either.”

What will be interesting to witness is how Guardiola will deal with the competitiveness in the Premier League.

There are no easy games in England’s top flight, with all 20 teams capable of beating the other and competing, as Leicester City have prove so far this season.

That competitive nature is something that often catches new managers unaware and it will be something that is likely to catch Guardiola unaware when he takes to charge at the Etihad.

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