There’s some revisionism here. Firstly City had finished 1st and then 2nd under Pellegrini the seasons before the mid-season announcement that he was leaving. They would of finished higher if it weren’t for the players stopped playing for him when they realised he was leaving.
Fernandinho was also always considered one of the leagues best DMs and was big money signings
Hart was one of the better GKs in the league, who he replaced with a mug, who he’s now replaced with a decent keeper after spending 50m. He’s not getting kudos for that.
There main issue was old players. So he’s replaced KDB for Yaya as a no8 conversion of sorts, although not that much of a conversion because KDB always seemed to go box to box.
Then there’s the old fullbacks he’s replaced. And at times he’s had an athletic Delph has filled in at FB as a competant water carrier. There’s not any tactical genius to that.
Sterling, Jesus and Sane have improved under him but they were 2 of the most talented in their age bracket in world football and should be at an age where they go up a level. They also all provide the high press he demands.
This is the best City side we have witnessed and the system is pure synergy but pretending he took over a bunch of dross is wrong.