2016/17 Season Preview: Manchester City

Manchester_City_FC_badge.svgFormer Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola is the new man in charge of Man City as the former Barcelona boss looks to lead his new club to a third Premier League title.

Manager: Pep Guardiola
Home ground: Etihad Stadium
Last season: 4th
Highest EPL accolade: Winners (2012, 2014)

 

Star Player

Sergio Aguero scored 24 league goals last season image: dailymail.co.uk

Sergio Aguero scored 24 league goals last season
image: dailymail.co.uk

Who else would be Man City’s key man other than Sergio Aguero and with new manager Pep Guardiola now in charge, the Spaniard could bring the very best out of the Argentine striker in a bid to win a third Premier League title in six years.

The 28-year-old is considered one of the best strikers in the world and his 24 goals last season helped Man City achieve Champions League football. He has 136 goals in five seasons at Man City and under the guidance of Guardiola, he could break the 30 mark this season.

What he lacks in height, he makes up for in skill and his finishing and when he gets one-on-one with the goalkeeper, you can put your house on him to tuck the ball home. He just missed out on the Golden Boot last season and will definitely be a contender to win it this season.

Key Transfers

IN

Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund – £20m), Nolito (Celta Vigo – £13.8m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (FC Ufa – Undisclosed), Leroy Sane (Schalke – £37m), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras – £27m), Marlos Moreno (Atletico Nacional – £4.75m), John Stones (Everton – £47.5m)

OUT

Seko Fofana (Udinese – £3.8m), Martin Demichelis (Espanyol – Free), Jack Byrne (Blackburn – Season loan), Richard Wright (released)

One to Watch

While Aguero is central to Man City’s success this season, another striker that could play a crucial role for the two-time Premier League champions is 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho, who looks to build on an impressive breakthrough season.

Kelechi Iheannacho contibuted eight league goals last season image: espnfc.com

Kelechi Iheanacho contributed eight league goals last season
image: espnfc.com

While Man Utd have Marcus Rahsford coming through the youth team, Man City have got Iheanacho and he proved effective many times for Man City last season, scoring eight goals in 26 league appearances and he is still young enough to improve and get even better.

It is rare for a Man City youngster to force his way into the first team in the past number of years but Iheanacho definitely has the potential to be a good Premier League striker. He won’t be the first-team regular but can definitely be a super sub for Gaurdiola’s Man City.

Best XI

Hart

Sagna   Kompany   Otamendi   Kolarov

Gundogan   Toure

Sané        De Bruyne        Silva

Aguero

Prediction: 2nd

Man City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season image: teamtalk.com

Man City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season
image: teamtalk.com

Man City have the quality in this squad to become Premier League champions and I definitely think they will be up there with rivals Man United, but how will Guardiola’s tiki-taka style perform in the fast paced action of English football?

Man City have taken a risk and while it could take some time for the former Bayern boss to get used to the Premier League, these players know what it takes to win a Premier League title. Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Silva will need to be on top form to win City a third Premier League title.

He has made a couple of good signings particularly in £37m German winger Leroy Sane and Everton defender John Stones but I still think they lack some quality in their defence. I think it will be the Manchester clubs one and two but I reckon City will just miss out on the title.

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