Rare access but a lack of insight – rating All or Nothing: Manchester City

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It’s been keeping Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson entertained during the Premier League shutdown, so how does All or Nothing: Manchester City rate two years after its release.

The Amazon series got inside the dressing room with Pep Guardiola and his players as they broke league records galore to win their first title under the Catalan.

All or Nothing: Manchester City (2018)


Manchester City Training and Press Conference –  CFA
Pep Guardiola allowed the cameras into his dressing room in 2017/18 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Guardiola was in his second season with the club, looking for significant improvement after his first trophyless season as a manager.

The cameras follow the story as Guardiola overhauls his defence and goes about building a team who will completely dominate in the Premier League.


Guardiola is the star of the show as we gain a rare insight not only into the workings of a Premier League dressing room, but into the mind of one of the sport’s greatest coaches.

Listening to the Catalan address his players can come across as a confusing blur, magnetic counters whizzing around whiteboards and expletives punctuating long trains of thought in his thick accent.

Do not expect to learn too many tactical secrets, the editors have seen to that, but even this sanitised version offers a rare insight into the hallowed sanctuary of the dressing room.

Others emerge as strong supporting actors. The characters of the dressing room are revealed – the now departed Fabian Delph at the forefront – while backroom staff take their moment to shine, not least kit man Brandon Ashton.


Manchester City v Liverpool – Premier League – Etihad Stadium
The documentary makers enjoyed rare access at City but were unable to make the most of it (Richard Sellers/PA)

But with the whole thing feeling a little like a seven-hour commercial, it could stick in the throat a little for others. There was no attempt to address any of the criticism that has come the way of City and their honours in recent years.

Other basic questions are often not followed up, leaving many with the impression that the price for gaining such access was to not actually use it.

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