Manchester City has been virtually unstoppable this season – both at home and in Europe. That was Pep Guardiola’s long term vision for the football club – to win trophies both in the Premier League and Champions’ League.
This season, it seems Guardiola has finally assembled the finest in the history of the Premier League. So far, they have won every game. However, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager refuses to accept that his side would maintain the 100 percent win rate for the entire year. Predicting his team will not be able to emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles by going a whole league campaign without defeat.
Guardiola is not a pessimist. If anything, he is a man on a mission with a vision. Let’s look at his comments about his long-term vision for City, and how hard it will be to establish the club among Europe’s elite.
“City is a great team, but getting to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Juventus… it’s very complicated. You need time, a decade.” He said in a recent report.
Guardiola has a long term vision to transform Manchester City. However, a vision without an action is merely a dream. To bring City’s vision to fruition, it needs not just an outstanding manager but also the strong financial backing of the club owners.
According to City’s official website, at the outset of his ownership, back in the autumn of 2008, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, set out his vision for the future of Manchester City Football Club. He pledged to bring success on the field and to nurture young talent while remaining proudly rooted to the community in which it resided.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision
Helen Keller, the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree as far back as 1904 said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” If you intend to show up in 2018 without a plan, according to Keller, you have a sight without a vision.
Many people are eagerly looking forward to 2018 without a vision or plan for the year. Keller said such people are worse than being blind.
Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others
Do you have a plan for the New Year? Can you see yourself achieving things that are invisible to others?
The cornerstone of Manchester City’s future was a vision for youth development and sustainability; a vision to educate talented young footballers on and off the pitch and to do so in a facility supported by the best coaches and coaching programmes. The vision was underpinned by an unwavering commitment to the regeneration of the local area in both economic and environmental terms. That is why City will continue to dominate the English Premier League for the foreseeable future.
City’s tunnel vision
Another big vision of Manchester City is to give supporters Match Day access like no other club, with Premier League’s first Tunnel Vision, offering customers the chance to pose for selfies alongside their heroes from behind a glass wall in the Tunnel before footballers get to the pitch.
The club will also offer fans inside access as the players arrive off the coach to begin their pre-match preparation and receive a brief from one of City’s coaching staff. This vision along with a total dressing room makeover will literarily take City to another level far above their competitors.
The Dressing room will have a new round design which will allow Guardiola to give his “pep” talk with all eyes on him, while the players can recoup after matches with the state of the art hydropools.
City has a clear vision, which is legibly written on their website as suggested by Habakkuk 2:2 “Write down the vision and make it plain… For the vision is for an appointed time… Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come…” So, here is a piece of advice for you. Write down your vision for 2018. Let your vision motivate and inspire you to do great things in the New Year.