According to a report by the Athletic’s Sam Lee, there have been ‘worried’ chats in the Man City dressing room about a lack of leadership.
Despite City coming back from 2 goals down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 recently, Pep Guardiola was scathing in his criticism of his players.
The Spanish manager pointed out the fact that complacency had set into his side, after winning 4 out of the last 5 Premier League titles.
While many were surprised to see the ever-diplomatic Guardiola launch an attack at his players publicly, it seems as if there is a mentality issue within the camp.
Perhaps this could very much be due to a potential absence of leadership in the Man City dressing room, which is a definite concern.
It could very well stem from former club captain, Fernandinho’s departure, who left the Etihad Stadium in the summer to return to Brazil.
Famously, the Brazilian defensive midfielder gave an honest speech to his teammates in the 2020/2021 season, after which Pep Guardiola’s side recovered from their shocking start to eventually win the title.
However, the absence of the club legend is certainly being felt in the 2022/2023 campaign.
Lack of leadership in the Man City dressing room
The Athletic’s Sam Lee has reported that there have been concerning conversations at Man City about a lack of leadership in the dressing room.
Furthermore, it has been stated that there were ‘traces’ of this very untold truth when Pep Guardiola slammed his players for failing to protect Rico Lewis, linked with an England call-up was fouled left, right and centre against Spurs.
While the group is considered ‘very strong’, it is believed to lack a ‘big voice’ like that of Fernandinho’s.
What the Man City captains have done to resolve this issue
The Telegraph’s Mike McGrath had reported back in August that as is the case every season, Guardiola’s staff and the players voted to decide the club captain before the start of the season.
Ilkay Gundogan took over from Fernandinho, with Kevin De Bruyne appointed as vice-captain, while the likes of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias and Rodri rounding up the 5-man leadership group.
The Athletic have stated that the Man City leadership setup, which included all the captains decided to inform the club about their plans to arrange a team-bonding meal soon.
While this has been put in place to further enhance the moon within the camp, it is also claimed that the players ‘aired out their grievances’ after the Manchester Derby.
All in all, these are signs of improved leadership coming to the fore at Man City and the hope remains that the dressing room is galvanized to turn around what has been a mixed bag of a campaign.