Pep Guardiola’s transfer plans prove that Thomas Tuchel will forever be in the shadow of Manchester City boss – Ross Jackson

Managers often try to tell us that the January transfer window offers them an opportunity to refresh their squad in an effort to safely secure their season goals.

While all of this is so cute and cute, it’s also a euphemism for “look how we went wrong in the summer transfer window”.

Pep Guardiola is preparing his Manchester City side to welcome Chelsea to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday in what promises to be a giant battle between two of the heaviest in the Premier League.

A City win would likely be a fatal blow to the visitors’ title dreams, but Thomas Tuchel now has much more on his mind than just ensuring that his team’s title is not ousted a few weeks into the new year.

One of the reasons Chelsea find themselves 10 points behind City ahead of Saturday’s game is their miserable injury list.

Ben Chilwell is expected to miss the remainder of the season after he underwent surgery after a knee injury he sustained against Juventus in November.

Clearly unconvinced of Marcos Alonso’s ability to step into the void left by the England international, Tuchel now finds himself desperately trying to design a move for a new left-back in the mid-season market.

Lucas Digne was closely linked with the Stamford Bridge substitution prior to his move to Aston Villa, and Barcelona’s Sergino Dest appears to be interested as well, and the club are said to be considering pushing Lyon to end Emerson’s loan in a bid to ease the full-back’s problems.

Paying the club to let you get your player back doesn’t sound like a worthy job for the European champions.

Guardiola and Tuchel meet again on Saturday

Not only is Guardiola unlikely to find himself trying to buy his own player in January, the City boss is not particularly accustomed to buying. Which club player in january

City fans tend not to indulge in the glorious January transfer stupidity since Pep arrived in 2016 because, frankly, he doesn’t really care about winter signings.

Since Guardiola’s appointment more than five and a half years ago, Aymeric Laporte has been the only real City signing in mid-season, with Gabriel Jesus’ arrival stamped in January 2017 the previous summer.

And his lack of January business is not limited to his time in the Premier League. Even in Barcelona and Bayern Munich, he was rarely active in the mid-season market.

Guardiola’s obsession with rhythm and momentum is perhaps one of the reasons he is so careful not to risk disrupting the balance of his team once the season has started, but it is also possible that there is an element that has full faith in his genius.

The mayor of the city is the king of renewal. You’ll be hard pressed to find a single City player – central defenders and goalkeepers – who hasn’t played in a role you wouldn’t think of as a favorite. And as we all know, Ederson would love to play in midfield if given half the chance.

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While Tuchel knocks on the door of every elite club in Europe for a left-back, the man who currently holds the position of left-back for City had barely played there prior to his move to the Etihad, yet he is now widely regarded as one of the best players in the world at his craft.

Guardiola knows he has the tactical wisdom to get through any such crisis, and if Joao Cancelo is injured, he will be able to call up Oleksandr Zinchenko – you know, man, he used to be an attacking midfielder.

Being adept at spotting talent is often seen as one of the essential qualities needed to become an outstanding manager. But the truth is that getting the most out of the players already at your disposal eliminates the need for such quality.

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I don’t miss that Guardiola is not entirely shy when it comes to projecting his employer’s financial strength into the market, but his ability to hone the tools at his disposal once the summer market closes is just one of the reasons he always stays one step ahead of those some consider his equals.

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