Pep Guardiola will face his toughest challenge yet at Man City
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Premier League journeyman Danny Higginbotham explained how the re-building job at Manchester City represents the toughest test Pep Guardiola will have faced throughout his managerial career.
The Spaniard has enjoyed un-paralleled levels of success during his eight-year career in management, with a CV that boasts three La Liga titles, three Bundesliga titles, two Copa del Reys, two German Cups, and two Champions League crowns.
Guardiola boasts a highly impressive CV
Higginbotham, however, believes his reign in Manchester will be an entirely different experience for him, telling Alan Brazil's Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT:
“I think Guardiola has the biggest job on his hands with Manchester City; the biggest of his career. When he took over at Bayern Munich they’d just won the treble, when he took over at Barcelona, sure they had problems behind the scenes with players not getting on, but they were a strong team. But this is his biggest rebuild, no question about it."
Much is expected of Guardiola amongst the City fan-base, as their club continues to be linked with some of world football's most exciting talents. They have already signed Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund and have been heavily linked with a £60 million move for his former teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Ilkay Gundogan has already arrived at the Etihad, with more big names likely to follow
Higginbotham explained how he feels there are only five players who Guardiola will want in his starting 11 upon his arrival at the Etihad:
“Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, Kevin de Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero; they’re the only players who would definitely be in Guardiola’ starting XI, but other than that…he’s got a big rebuild on his hands.”
With the forthcoming arrival of so many of the world's best managers, next season has the potential to be one of the most exciting Premier League campaigns to date.
Guardiola's arrival in England is eagerly anticipated