Top 10 transfers by Pep Guardiola for Manchester City

In today's times, one of the greatest managers going around is the 53-year old Pep Guardiola who is currently at the helm for Manchester City, a storied club.

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Pratham K Sharma
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Over the years, some exceptional players have donned the colours of Manchester City.

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Managers have a huge role to play in football. They are in total control, whether it's concerning tactics, man management, player development or any other aspect. The whole team revolves around the decisions that the manager makes and that is not only limited to the short run. Their decisions have long-term effects. As such, every team wants to have the services of the best manager going around the circuit and at the moment, that honour is enjoyed by the 53-year-old Pep Guardiola. He is currently at the helm of Manchester City, a storied club.  He has done a great job for the club and that includes some brilliant signings that he has made.

Here, we look at 10 such signings:

10. Ruben Dias 

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Ruben Dias came into the side as a replacement for Vincent Kompany and so, expectations were alarmingly high. The Portuguese defender lived up to them as he brought leadership, composure, and a set of world-class skills. City went from conceding 32 goals in the 2019/20 season to just 27 the following year, winning the Premier League title with Dias at the heart of the success.

9. Rodri

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The gun in Guardiola's midfield, Rodri's defensive solidity and intelligent attacking freed up some of the other players. His ability to break opposition presses and dictate the tempo of the game was crucial to City's control of many games. Back when he was bought, many questioned the decision as some bigger names could have been drafted. But Guardiola made a sensational decision as Rodri has been instrumental in City's success. 

8. Ederson 

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A revolutionary goalkeeper for Guardiola's system, Ederson is arguably one of the biggest assets that the esteemed manager has had in his ranks. Ederson's exceptional kicking initiated attacks from the back and behind, he frustrated the best of strikers consistently. Ederson stands as the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets in the history of the club which is a monumental feat. 

7. Bernardo Silva 

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One of Guardiola's favourites, Silva was one of the most creative players in the City side. Silva's dribbling, control, and intelligent passing made him a nightmare for defenders. His versatility allowed him to play on either side or even in the middle, which made it easier for the manager to devise tactics.

6. Kyle Walker 

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A gun at right back, there was no doubt in anyone's mind as to why Guardiola spent a huge sum of money in getting Walker to come to City. Walker's blistering pace and attacking prowess were a perfect fit for Guardiola's plans. He provided solidity in terms of defence but also offered a constant threat going forward, creating numerous chances for his talented teammates.

5. Joao Cancelo

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Joao Cancelo stood out as a utility player for Pep Guardiola. Cancelo could play on either side of the turf with equal effectiveness. His attacking instincts, crossing ability, and other skills make him a constant threat. Guardiola's tactical flexibility was amplified by Cancelo's ability to seamlessly switch between roles. 

4. Aymeric Laporte

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A brilliant all-round asset, Laporte primarily served as a right back but his attacking skills were right up there with the best in the business. Laporte's positional awareness and aerial dominance made him a key component before injuries hampered his consistency. He was a key part of City's back-to-back Premier League triumphs back in 2018 and 2019. 

3. Riyad Mahrez

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The Algerian winger brought another dimension to City's attack. Mahrez's dribbling skills, cutting and shooting skills made him a constant threat. He provided experience and leadership, particularly in big matches, helping City reach the 2021 Champions League final. He played over 200 games for the club and was an invaluable asset during his time there. 

2. Kevin De Bruyne 

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Under Guardiola, Kevin De Bruyne's game has gone to another level and that has brought plenty of success for Manchester City. The Belgian has done remarkably well for the club thanks to his passing range, vision and world-class skills. His influence and leadership on the pitch are a major reason for City's success. He is currently the captain of City.

1. Erling Haaland

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The first on this list, Erling Haaland hasn't been at City for too long but he has already made a massive impact. His goalscoring prowess and all-round attacking threat have taken City to another level. While his long-term impact remains to be seen, his early performances suggest he could be a defining player of the Guardiola era.

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