The Catalan's arrival was announced at the beginning of 2016
Manchester City seem to have retrieved their best form in the very last part of the season. Qualified for the Champion's League semi-finals, in the Top 3 of the Premier League after their tremendous win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the weekend (0-3), the Citizens are flying again. One of the reasons for that rise in performances is the return of some injured players, like Kevin De Bruyne, impressive since he came back on the pitch. The other explanation might be the digestion of what has been an earthquake in the football world: the announcement of Pep Guardiola as Manchester City's new coach. The information was confirmed on the 1st of February and ever since the players seemed to be a little off, worrying way more about their future at the club than about their performances. This is at least how current coach Manuel Pellegrini sees it. The Chilean manager approached the topic after the win in Stamford Bridge.
"There are a lot of reasons why those things happened, it’s not normal in the way we are going to finish the season", said Pellegrini when asked about the win at Chelsea being useless in the title race. "At the start of February, there was news about a change of the manager, about players who will not continue here next season, about a lot of things involved in the minds of all the players. It’s not easy for the players when you read in newspapers all things that will happen next season, all the players who will go out, all the players that will come in. It’s not easy for the players to focus their mind", he continued.
Defeats at home against Leicester and Tottenham were key in City's loss of all title chances. Fortunately for the Sky Blues, Agüero's form and De Bruyne's return enabled them to knock PSG out of the Champion's League and reach the competition's semi-finals. Yet, there is still a wish to see how things would have gone if the Board had waited before they announced Guardiola as City's new manager. Even though we might understand the Board's excitement, given Guardiola's pedigree. The Catalan reached with Bayern his 7th Champion's League semi-final, and could win his third title with German giants.