Pep Guardiola’s 5 Man City priorities including Lionel Messi move and CL triumph

Pep Guardiola will have a list drawn up of his next tasks after he was handed a new three-year contract at Manchester City.

The Spaniard has been in charge at the Etihad Stadium since 2016, winning two Premier League titles as well as various other trophies.

Despite his domestic success, there are some who argue that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has not lived up to his full potential at City.

So what are the five tasks Guardiola could complete to put himself firmly on the map as a legend of the game for his time with the Sky Blues?

Pep Guardiola signed a contract extension at Manchester City

Sign Messi in January

Now this would be the blockbuster move we’ve all been waiting for.

Lionel Messi has once again stirred the pot by saying he is “tired of always being the problem” at Barcelona, leading to serious suggestions that he could be packing his bags in January.

And just like when the summer saga was playing out, a reunion with Guardiola at City appears to be the most likely option.

Find a long-term replacement for Aguero

Sergio Aguero will be 33 by the start of next season, and must surely be starting to decline soon.

The Argentine has also struggled with injuries in recent months, leaving Gabriel Jesus to pick up much of the slack.

Ferran Torres was brought in over the summer, but another six-yard box-type striker must be on Guardiola’s wish list for next summer.

Sergio Aguero is nearing the end of his glittering Man City career

Revive their PL season

Guardiola is currently suffering his worst start to a season ever, having picked up just 12 points from seven league games so far.

City sit down in 10th at present in this topsy-turvy campaign, and a few decent results would definitely put them back on the right path.

The hilarious thing is that they are still the bookies favourite to win the league, which speaks volumes about Guardiola as a manager.

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Find a place to fit Foden in

Phil Foden showed just how good he is with a quick fire brace for England on Wednesday night, but is he being given the chance to replicate that at City?

The 20-year-old has been given more starts this season in fairness, but he’s being chucked in here, there and everywhere.

If Foden is to realise his full potential, he needs a stable place in attacking-midfield.

Phil Foden could still develop a lot under Guardiola

Win CL

This is the one Pep wants more than anything, and it’s right there for him to go and grab.

Real Madrid are a mere shadow of their former selves, Barcelona are in a tumultuous transition phase – Bayern Munich, Liverpool and perhaps PSG are their main competitors.

It’s not quite now or never for Guardiola when it comes to the Champions League, but it’s probably as good of a chance as he’ll get.

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