Most Blues wanted him out after a poor season, but Kolarov was intent on sticking around and working under Guardiola. It looks a good move – for some he was man of the match as centre half against Sunderland, and looked good as a “false full back” in Bucharest. Key stat – passing accuracy up from 79.2 per cent to 90 per cent.
Guardiola rang him during his darkest hour with England with words of encouragement , and he has come out of the blocks like Usain Bolt this season. Earned two penalties, set up two goals against Steaua and has been electric at times, looking every inch the £44million player. Key stat – number of dribbles up from 1.3 to six per match.
By no means City’s worst player last season, but there was always a feeling the Blues could do better. But he looked perfectly at home as an additional midfielder in Pep’s innovative use of “false full backs”. Key stat – average number of passes per game up from 53 to 83.
One of few players who will need very little tweaking, as he was made to be a Guardiola player, apart from his pressing game, possibly. But he looks rejuvenated this season, and was brilliant in Bucharest. Key stat – Champions League passing accuracy up from 83.6 per cent to 87 per cent.
A player who has come to City largely to improve under Pep, and who had his critics at Everton last season. He has slotted in neatly to a side better suited to his natural game.Key stat – Number of passes up from an average 47.5 per game to 78.