Guardiola’s problems don’t end at Ruben Dias – City are facing a serious crisis
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is facing his first genuine crisis since taking charge at the Etihad in 2016.
The Spaniard has found the streets of Manchester paved with silver since replacing Manuel Pellegrini – after landing a remarkable eight trophies in four seasons.
But the man with the golden touch appears to be losing his managerial magic – and the alarm bells should now be ringing so loud they can be heard all the way back in Abu Dhabi.
Billionaire owner Sheikh Mansour saw his reigning champions concede the title to bitter rivals Liverpool with months to spare last season.
To make matters worse Guardiola's bizarre team selection and tactics in the Champions League resulted in a humbling and humiliating defeat to Lyon at the quarter final stage.
The summer of discontent has continued following a failed bid to lure Lionel Messi from Barcelona and just two signings made in the shape of Ferran Torres and now Ruben Dias for a combined £72m.
The onus will be on Portuguese international Dias to shore up Guardiola's leaking defence – one that was ripped to shreds by Leicester following Sunday's stunning 5-2 win at the Etihad.
But Guardiola's track record of signing defenders has not been great, with Benjamin Mendy, John Stones and Joao Cancelo all found wanting – despite costing a combined £160m.
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Supporters will hope Dias is not just another sticking plaster, but Guardiola's problems don't end here.
He has a crippling injury list that will deprive him of leading strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, while his midfield has become too reliant on the brilliance of Belgium superstar Kevin De Bruyne.
City's next two games are against in-form Leeds and Arsenal and while the new season is just two weeks old, Liverpool set the standard so high last time round that two more defeats could render their title challenge over before it has even begun.
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There is also the on-going issue of Guardiola's contract. He is in the final season of his current deal and it remains a source of huge bemusement around the club that he has not penned a new one.
Spanish international Rodri insists there will be no panicking because "no-one has died" – but the wake could be a long and difficult one if Guardiola can't start solving some of the problems that have been of his own making.
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Rodri said: "We prepared for the (Foxes) game so hard. We did everything to win, but for very small and tiny details we lost.
"But it is the beginning (of the season). It happens and we have not been very lucky. That's the truth. Always to be champions you need to be a bit lucky. We have to improve and learn.
"The good thing about this is we have to take a look at last season and we can learn from that. It is easy to come back. We are in the beginning of the season. Nothing happened, no-one died."
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