It’s safe to say things haven’t gone too well for Manchester City this season. From storming the title last season, the Citizens have completely fallen out of this year’s title race, finding themselves 22 points behind Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s men have looked a shadow of their former selves, often failing to convert their many created chances. The Spaniard now has a ‘winter break’, that was extended by Storm Ciara, to resurrect his team’s failing season.
Here are 3 things Pep can change during the winter break.
3#3 Integrate Aymeric Laporte slowly
The almost 4-month long injury to Aymeric Laporte has been a major stumbling block to City’s title charge this season. The Frenchman spent 123 days on the sidelines, equating to 26 games missed. Laporte is by far and away City’s most important defender and with no Vincent Kompany available to cover, the Sky Blues have been left hopeless. Suddenly, the hundreds of millions Pep has spent in England, don’t look enough.
Much to the adulation of Manchester City fans, Laporte is back to full fitness, but Pep must integrate him back slowly. He’s already been rushed back once, only for him to miss another 4 games at the start of January. This winter break gives the Frenchman ample amounts of time to reach optimal fitness.