Chelsea legend Frank Lampard claims that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola demands too much of his players and that the Spaniard has so far struggled in the Premier League as he has not inherited a 'great' team.
The 46-year-old arrived in England after two successful stints with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he won endless domestic trophies, along with two Champions Leagues when in charge at the Nou Camp.
Whilst much was expected of Guardiola when he took over at the Etihad last summer, City look set to end the season without a trophy and have failed to mount a serious title challenge.
With questions now being asked about why the Citizens' campaign has flattered to deceive, Lampard, who spent a season on-loan in Manchester two years ago, has hinted that Guardiola has struggled to adapt to inheriting a weaker squad.
"I'm sure Pep Guardiola has learned more this year than in any other year of his management," Lampard told talkSPORT.
"At Barcelona, he had a great team – who were already playing the same style – but he enhanced it. (And at) Bayern Munich, he took on the same.
"Manchester City obviously have great players – and they've added great players – but he demands a lot from his players.
"There's a real intelligence factor. Every player needs to know how to move position, change position, play in different positions – and I think he's asked a lot from them this year, and I think that might be the one thing he'll look at this year: did I ask too much from this group?"
City's recent 0-0 draw with rivals Manchester United means they head into the final month of their campaign still uncertain of a top four finish as they head to lowly Middlesbrough this Sunday, looking to get back to winning ways.