There is no more important figure in the City than Guardiola, the architect of a team that is seeking honors in Porto. It is presented in Do Dragao after a complicated season but more mature than ever. He knew how to correct his mistakes in time to regain the throne of the Premier and now he is missing the Champions League, a cup that does not yet appear in the showcases of a City that is explained from the group but also through some proper names.
Guardiola is often associated with attacking concepts but the best news for City is in the rear. At 24 years old, the Portuguese center-back has given the team the consistency that it did not have in the past: “I may be wrong, but I don’t think it will take me to be captain”, Pep dared to say a few weeks ago. He has played almost everything, indisputable for the calm he has brought and also for the forcefulness in a City that has protected Ederson better than ever.
Time passes without anyone unseating the Belgian as the most decisive footballer for the Catalan coach. Delicate in the pass, portentous with his stride and adventurous in the auction, the successes of City are not understood without his presence. He could have played this Champions League final with Chelsea if in 2014 he had had more patience, but he got rid of a player who unquestionably occupies the table of the best in the world. Guardiola has a magician.
It stopped being a surprise to confirm that he has come to stay in the elite. He had the patience that others did not have to succeed at City. Although he was imagined as a replacement for David Silva, the young Englishman has found his best version outlined as a false left winger, a place with freedom to exploit his virtues near the area. A footballer who has no roof, probably a starter against Chelsea in Do Dragao.