Another season of dominance domestically (& in Europe) inbound?
Welcome back to ‘The 2019-20 Premier League Season Preview’ – a feature series that previews all 20 clubs of the Premier League ahead of the new football season.
It’s time to head to the blue side of Manchester and preview the current Premier League champions in… Manchester City.
MANAGER: Pep Guardiola
CAPTAIN: David Silva
ODDS TO WIN THE LEAGUE: 1-2 (via Oddschecker)
Carabao Cup winners.
FA Cup winners.
Premier League winners.
The domestic treble. Manchester City almost had the perfect campaign last season. Pep Guardiola’s men were worthy winners, and in securing the two domestic cup trophies as well, they cemented their place as one of English football’s best-ever sides.
As the 2019-20 campaign begins, City is again the team to beat and the favourites for the title.
Atletico Madrid’s Rodri, seen as the ‘new Sergio Busquets’, maybe their only major signing to date this summer, but they already have a squad to be feared.
HOW THEY FINISHED IN THE LAST FIVE SEASONS
2014-15 – 2nd (Premier League)
2015-16 – 4th (Premier League)
2016-17 – 3rd (Premier League)
2017-18 – 1st (Premier League)
2018-19 – 1st (Premier League)
Premier League – 1st
UEFA Champions League – Quarter-Finals
FA Cup – Winners
Carabao Cup – Winners
Top Scorer – League: Sergio Agüero (21), All: Sergio Agüero (32)
Rodri (Atlético Madrid – £62.8m)
Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew – £7m)
Angeliño (PSV Eindhoven – £5.35m)
Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa – £15m)
Fabian Delph (Everton – £10m)
Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht – Free Transfer)
Patrick Roberts (Norwich City – Loan)
Jack Harrison (Leeds United – Loan)
Arijanet Muric (Nottingham Forest – Loan)
Zack Steffen (Fortuna Düsseldorf – Loan)
Philippe Sandler (Anderlecht – Loan)
GK – Bravo, Ederson, Grimshaw
DF – Walker, Danilo, Stones, Zinchenko, Angeliño, Laporte, Mangala, Mendy, Otamendi
MD – Gündoğan, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, David Silva, Fernandinho, Foden, García
FW – Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Agüero, Sané, Mahrez
PLAYER TO LOOK OUT FOR – PHIL FODEN
He is the most talented player I have ever seen. His problem is sometimes his manager doesn’t put him in starting XI. He deserves all the minutes but with his competitors it isn’t easy. He works incredibly. He knows I’m here to help him.
For Pep Guaridola, a man who has managed the likes of Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi to name a few, calls Phil Foden the most talented player he has ever seen… that speaks volumes for how good the young English midfielder already is.
A gifted and precocious teenager, Foden is seen by many as the future of Man City as well as England. Very few players of his age in this generation possess the ability to do with Foden can do with the ball.
After being slowly brought into the first-team fold, expect this coming season to the be one where Foden finally breaks out and show the potential that is there to be fulfilled.
HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST CHELSEA
Matches played – 163
Won – 57
Drawn – 39
Lost – 67
HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WILL THEY BE TO CHELSEA?
The biggest threat of them all.
On their day – which happens to be more often than not – City are the best team in the world.
I only have to mention 10th February 2019 to explain why…
WHERE WILL THEY FINISH?
Most probably instilled in them to feel unsatisfied with recording the two highest points totals in back-to-back seasons, they boast a relentless winning mentality that seems near-impossible to halt.
However, captain Vincent Kompany – one of the finest defenders in the Premier League era – has moved on, meaning there’s bound to be a measure of apprehension going into this season without their talismanic captain
Pep Guardiola will expect perfection (or close to it) once again, but can they show it by becoming only the second team in Premier League history to win three consecutive titles?
Predicted position: 1st
Come back for part 12 tomorrow as we visit the red half of Manchester and check out City’s bitter rivals… Manchester United.
• Part 1 – Arsenal
• Part 2 – Aston Villa
• Part 3 – Bournemouth
• Part 4 – Brighton & Hove Albion
• Part 5 – Burnley
• Part 6 – Chelsea
• Part 7 – Crystal Palace
• Part 8 – Everton
• Part 9 – Leicester City
• Part 10 – Liverpool