Pep Guardiola’s first season at Manchester City will be a success if he wins the FA Cup.
Guardiola has struggled to replicate his success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich at City and has failed in the Premier League and in Europe.
But Blues legend Tony Book, the most-decorated figure in the club’s history with five trophies as a captain and manager, insists lifting the Cup would change all that.
“I certainly think if he wins the FA Cup, he will have had a successful first season,” he said.
“He’s found it a little bit difficult. But if he wins the FA Cup, that’s putting him on his way for his first season.
“Any footballer would tell you that the FA Cup is a special trophy to win.
“To win a trophy in your first season, it doesn’t matter what people say. If you are a new manager coming into a new club and you win the FA Cup in your first season, then you’ve done well.
“And if he does that, you can only see him going from strength to strength.”
Book, 82, who is City’s honorary president, claims going all the way in the Cup could lead to the title next season, just like in 2011 under Roberto Mancini.
“Yeah, I honestly feel this would be a start for him,” he said. “It has been a learning curve for him this season and he has found out all about English football and the fact that there are no easy games.
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“He will know what to expect now next season and I can only see him going from strength to strength, especially with the squad of players he has.
“I think there will be more new signings, but not as many as everybody is thinking. I’ve read articles saying there could be a turnover of eight to 10 players, but I can’t see that happening.
“There will be two or three that he needs because I feel he already has got the best squad in the Premier League. I think it’s better than Manchester United or Chelsea, I really do.”