Will Manuel Pellegrini’s side retain their title or will a new Champion emerge come next May? Can the Citizens keep marching on with their prized possession of silverware in the past few years? Sportzwiki takes a look on the overall balance of the Etihad outfit and gives a verdict on where the Blues from Manchester would finish in the 2014-15 season.
A dream start for Manuel Pellegrini’s career in the Premier League saw his lift the title, taking advantage of Liverpool’s late slip up in what was an enthralling 2013-14 season. Much would depend on City’s overall balance with this summer’s arrivals will go a long way to deciding if Yaya Toure and co can repeat the last season’s heroics.
Summer signings: City’s summer activity has been somewhat conservative thanks to the UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulation. However to provide Joe Hart significant challenge and keep the Englishman on his toes, Pellegrini helped himself to another shot stopper bringing in Willy Caballero from Málaga for a paltry sum of £6m. It is expected that Caballero will feature in domestic Cup games in the Capital One Cup and the FA cup while Hart would be the regular choice for the League encounters. City have also brought in Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando Regas from Portuguese giants Porto in what was a massive coup at just £12m. Moreover, Frank Lampard joined the Citizens on a six month loan spell from sister club New York City FC after Chelsea released him on the expiry of his contract. Eliaquim Mangala is another fantastic addition, the Frenchman who is most likely to feature alongside skipper Vincent Kompany in the heart of the defense. Pellegrini however allowed Javi Garcia to leave for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.
Formations: City are likely to play the 4-2-3-1 system with Zabaleta and wither of Clichy and Kolarov in the wingback role. Yaya Toure will once again be the engine in the middle with Regas or Fernandinho as the double pivot. David Silva should start in his customary number ten role as Nasri and Sergio Aguero will play out wide. Stevan Jovetic’s great pre season would be handy for City in the starting lineup while Edin Dzeko is fit and raring to go as well. As for Alvaro Negredo, the Spaniard is yet to see his future cleared at the club after La Liga winners Atletico Madrid are in hot pursuit of the former Sevilla sharp shooter.
Predictions: A superb team with great quality and leaving aside Champions League commitments they might go close but won’t win the title this season out.