Friday, April 06, 2018

Shame! €500 million Team on a Verge of Champion League Quarterfinal Knockout

When Manchester City made their last signing, their coach Pep Guardiola was keen to point out that they weren't paying the exorbitant sums that others were.

That came when they forked out 65 million euros to Athletic Club to recruit central defender Aymeric Laporte.
"We haven't paid more than 80 to 100m euros for a player and we can't pay that right now, that's the truth," he said at that time.
However, since Guardiola's arrival they have spent a total of 529 million euros but are set to exit the Champions League for the second successive season before the semi-final stage.
In the transfer market last season, they strengthened their squad with nine new players and spent 213m euros.

They have snapped up John Stones (55m euros), Leroy Sane (50m euros), Gabriel Jesus (32m euros), Ilkay Gundogan (27m euros), Nolito (18m euros), Claudio Bravo (18m euros), Marlos Moreno (5.5m euros), Rulli (4.7) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (2m euros).
Those players transformed the Citizens but they couldn't help them to the Premier League title in a season where mistakes in certain areas of defence impacted the team's overall performance.
To correct those mistakes of the past, Guardiola and City returned to the market to try to put things right.
Laporte (65m euros), Benjamin Mendy (57.5m euros), Kyle Walker (51m euros), Bernardo Silva (50m euros), Ederson (40m euros), Danilo (30m euros), Douglas Luis (12m euros), Jack Harrison (4m euros), Olarenwaju Kayode (3.8m euros), Ivan Ilic (2.5m euros) certainly strengthened them.

wever, despite defensive spending exceeding 270 million euros, their Champions League dream has vanished after the worst night of their season.
Ederson, Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and Laporte were the starters in a defence which shipped three goals in 19 minutes with the spending on those players very small compared to what Liverpool spent on their attacking trident.
City, with 124 goals in 48 games, were built for scoring but didn't manage a single shot on target in 90 minutes.

Source  - Marca

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