Guardiola’s time at Man City has not been without its bumps and bruises, but there are signs that things are just starting to fall into place. Indeed, the club are still fighting on three fronts this season, although success in the Premier League is going to be very difficult due to Chelsea’s strength throughout the campaign.
Manchester United’s involvement in the League Cup final last weekend meant that the Manchester derby scheduled to take place at the Etihad had to be postponed and as a result, Man City dropped to third position in the table after Tottenham beat Stoke City to move one spot behind Chelsea.
Man City might have a game in hand over the league leaders, but they are 11 points behind Antonio Conte’s side and need a lot of things to fall into place in order to snatch the crown away from the Blues. Guardiola’s side are well-placed to finish in the top four this season, although they are actually only four points above sixth-placed Man United on the same number of matches.
Sixteen wins, four draws and five defeats have brought Man City 52 Premier League points this season, while they have the joint-best away record alongside Chelsea in the division this term – collecting 27 points from 13 fixtures.
A 4-0 defeat at Everton on January 15 was a damaging result for Man City, but they are unbeaten in the league since that result and have won six of their last seven in all competitions. That said, they have actually not played a Premier League match since winning 2-0 at Bournemouth on February 13.
Since then, the Citizens have played twice in the FA Cup – needing a replay to overcome Huddersfield Town – and also hosted AS Monaco in the first leg of their last-16 clash in the Champions League. Monaco arrived in England full of confidence, but the Ligue 1 leaders lost 5-3 at the Etihad Stadium in what was an enthralling fixture.
It is a busy March for Man City as they prepare to face Stoke City and Liverpool in the league, while they will travel to Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on March 11 and also face a trip to Monaco in the Champions League.