Once again last night Guardiola named a starting eleven that was not the same as the previous game, or the one before that or the one before that or well you get the picture. Of course its his perogative after all he’s in charge they are his players and he is the one who picks a team to win games.
The problem is is that whilst they may win most games the ones they dont seem to coincide with a change in personnel and team shape. For instance yesterday night in the Stade Louis || Guardiola went with a) Kolarov at centre back when clearly he is incapable of performing in this role b) Toure dropped to the bench in favour of Fernandinho being more defensive minded. The latter being understandable to an extent the former just bizarre given Otamendi is fit and is a centre back unlike left back Kolarov.
City played in the 4-1-4-1 that has served them well of late and indeed it proved in the first leg with City winning 5-3 at the Etihad. But Toure played as the one infront of the back four and was exceptional in the role as he mostly always is. Fernandinho played at right back partly due to injuries but partly because Pep just does things like that.
In no way can i say these are bad choices, what do i know compared to one of the greatest managers ever? However the inconsistencies of team selection must play a part in City losing games as they are not sure on a Thursday after training who is playing and where on the Saturday. Why would Otamendi be left out in favour of Kolarov? Why would Toure be left out in favour of Fernandinho? These players must wonder at times why? I play well so why am i in and out of a relatively successful team? It must be frustrating for the players but maybe they have all bought into Pep’s way of doing things i dont know but I would like to see a bit of consistency in that Mn City team others name starting elevens fairly regular even the top sides in Europe so why does Pep feel the need to chop and change match to match? Pep has never named the same starting eleven or shape for more than 3 games in a row strange for a team looking to win major trophies dont you think?
This, for me, has been there downfall in not beating Chelsea to the title unless the team from West London totally implode of course. Players like consistency and yes of course the opposition, injuries and suspensions all dictate the starting eleven but no consistency has been shown at all from Pep is this the reason?