EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Manchester City

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EPL SEASON PREVIEW - Manchester City


The Manager: Pep Guardiola
Six times a league winner as a player with Barcelona, Guardiola is if anything amassing an even more impressive record as a coach. Having won three league titles in a row at both Barca and Bayern Munich, Pep will be looking to take the next step towards doing exactly the same at Manchester City. The style and swagger of his City iteration has been a breath of fresh air to the Premier League and he looks set to treat us to more of the same this year.


The Squad:
Solid throughout as one would expect for a club who have invested so heavily in recent years. Ederson enjoyed an excellent first season in goal, whilst Vincent Kompany continues to be the rock at the heart of the defence. With Benjamin Mendy set to return at full back having missed most of last season through injury, the back four looks a little stronger than last year.
It is going forward where the strength of this team really lies though and what makes them so exciting to watch. Kevin De Bruyne, Silva's Bernardo and David, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus provide a frightening array of attacking options. With Riyad Mahrez also finally arriving to join the party, City look at least as strong as they did when running away with the league last season.


Star Man: Kevin De Bruyne
You can almost take your pick from this star-studded line-up but for us it is the Belgian midfield dynamo who really makes this City side take. Boasting an unparalleled range of passing, assists and goals, De Bruyne enjoyed a stellar season in 2017/18, and may be in for another this term as he enters his prime years. City are rarely in a tight spot, but when they have been it has more often than not been De Bruyne who has taken the game by the scruff of the neck to get them over the line.


Outlook:
It would be difficult for Manchester City to post so dominant a performance as they did last season, when the title was just about over as a contest soon after Christmas. Having said that though, of their potential rivals, only really Liverpool look to have made significant upgrades over the summer. Chelsea and Arsenal are the sides who could show major improvements under their new managers, but they look to have too much ground to make up. This looks like being City's title once again.

Premier League Prediction: 1st



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