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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world. His first season in the Premier League club was one of the worst in his career and it was clear that his squad needs an overhaul and in the second summer, Guardiola decided to change his side.
In the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons, City gained a staggering 198 points and won the title in both seasons. City have won eight domestic trophies, the most of any club in this period, and completed the first and only English treble ever recorded.
Guardiola has overseen an expenditure of €781,408,181 during his time at Manchester City. And here are top five players signed by the Spaniard.
Riyad Mahrez, who joined City for a €67.8m, had only a bit-part role in his debut season. He started 14 league games and played as a substitute in 13 games. But this season, he scored 11 goals, registered nine assists in 33 games and 12 of those he played from the first minutes. Overall, he’s played just over 90 games for the Cityzens, scoring 25 and assisting 28.
Ex-Tottenham man Kyle Walker, who joined City for a €52.70m, was met with much criticism at the time. The 30-year-old has started over 30 games in his first two seasons at the Etihad. But he brought an endless amount of physicality to shaky defence.
Rodri joined Atletico Madrid for a €70m last year and so far, he’s had a superb impact at the club. He has started 29 matches in the 2019/20 campaign and averaged 74 passes per game at an impressive 93% accuracy.
Manchester City have known for the best goal difference in the league and it’s the honour of Ederson, who joined the club from Benfica for a €40m. The Brazilian has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, particularly with the ball at his feet. He’s racked up 142 appearances all competitions, conceding 107 goals and keeping 69 clean sheets. Ederson also won the 2019/20 Golden Glove with 16 clean sheets.
And finally, Aymeric Laporte is considerably the best signing of Pep Guardiola. The Centre-back joined City for a €65m from Athletic Bilbao. He fixed City’s worst zone of the pitch. The Frenchman was a stable rock at the back in 2018/19 season as they conceded just 23 goals in 38 games. Laporte started 34 of those 38 games, averaging 83 passes per 90, the most of any defender in the league. Laporte has struggled with several injury issues this year and City struggled in his absence and conceded 12 goals more than they did last year.