Although Manchester City remain far from a club in crisis under Pep Guardiola right in the here and now, the ongoing trials and tribulations of the English top-flight are certainly beginning to mount for the highly coveted Spanish tactician.
City could still theoretically win the league with Guardiola firmly at the helm this season, its true – but after suffering an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Leicester City last time out – certain question-marks are already starting to surround the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss among the Premier League.
Although Manchester United fans seem to enjoy watching Guardiola suffer within the English top-flight…
Pep Guardiola has inherited a squad everywhere he's been. Mourinho made Porto and Chelsea from sheer hard work. We've got the right one.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) December 10, 2016
…all is not quite lost for Manchester City supporters at this particular stage in the proceedings…
We might keep making an arse of ourselves but Guardiola makes it all okay when he wears such lovely knitwear
— John Minay (@MadchesterMinay) December 12, 2016
Guardiola has nonetheless faced a fair amount of pressure in recent weeks…
Let's see how the media and press question Pep Guardiola. ManCity spent £160m in the summer and they've won just 3 in their last 14 games.
— Manć (@MUFCWRITER) December 10, 2016
…and if things don’t improve down at the Etihad any time soon…
Guardiola said yesterday he wanted to "feel something" when he watches City play. How about embarrassment?
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) December 10, 2016
…perhaps something may have to change behind the scenes at Manchester City sooner rather than later…
The worry with Man City is what kind of mess Pep Guardiola leaves for Sam Allardyce to clean up when he takes over next season.
The Premier League is arguably proving far tougher than Guardiola ever expected…
Pep Guardiola preparing his first substitution. He's taking off Man City and putting on Barcelona
— The Football Pools (@footballpools) December 10, 2016
…but as this is one of the most highly rated managers in world football we are talking about here…
Is it really too boring to admit Guardiola is a coach new to the Premier League who needs time for his ideas to be properly put into action?
— Julian Betts (@BettsJulian) December 10, 2016
…surely it’s only a matter of time before Pep turns things around at City!
Guardiola will get it right. Keep the faith.
— . (@CityMatthew) December 10, 2016