The Manchester City fans were absolutely delighted in the Transfer Tavern recently after their side took another step towards lifting the Premier League trophy this season with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea at The Etihad Stadium.
Antonio Conte’s side rather controversially set up with a defensive approach to their clash with Man city yesterday afternoon, but they were unable to contain the threat of the champions-elect as Bernardo Silva broke the deadlock immediately after the interval to inflict a 1-0 defeat on the current holders of England’s top prize. Pep Guardiola would have been delighted by the efforts of his players who once again proved they are capable of grinding out a result against a stubborn defensive-minded outfit.
The club broke the Premier League record for completing the most passes in a single match, whilst Ilkay Gundogan broke the individual record for most passes completed by an individual player. Gundogan’s return to full-fitness in recent months has been a huge boost for the club in their bid to compete on multiple fronts, but according to reports in The Daily Mirror, the German international could face an increase in competition for first-team places next season as Guardiola is interested in signing Andres Iniesta (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) from Barcelona.
A move for Iniesta is something of a romantic idea considering the rich success the pairing enjoyed together whilst Guardiola was manager of the Catalan giants. Although it would be an absolute pleasure to see a talent of Iniesta’s calibre playing his trade in the Premier League, a move for his services would represent something of a sideways step for The Citizens considering the Spanish legend will turn 34 in May.
Iniesta has never relied on pace or physical traits to become one of the most highly-regarded central midfielders in world football, but inevitably his age will have a negative impact on his ability to keep up with the pace of the Premier League. There is no doubt that Iniesta would be a quality signing for the club, but it’s time for both City and Guardiola to look to the future and target players who can help them become a dominant force in English football for years to come.