Manuel Pellegrini’s men lifted the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League with a last day victory but ended the next season on the 2nd position behind Chelsea. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the Premier League over the last few years and have started the new season exceptionally well.
The start of the season was clouded by all the big names who arrived at the Etihad. Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg and Fabian Delph from Aston Villa were their major signings and the squad looked stronger than before. Their first five games of the season in the league were astonishing victories with 11 goals scored and none conceded.
These 5 games included a victory against Champions Chelsea at the Etihad. The confidence was high in the squad and they were really on a high but then came a 4 game rout that saw the Citizens lose three of them. Juventus in the Champions League, West Ham and Tottenham in the domestic league beat a City side that was plagued by injuries.
During the international break between these games, City lost the likes of Nasri, David Silva and Sergio Aguero to injuries that depleted the squad. But the summer business made sure that the squad had enough depth and since then, Manchester City are unbeaten in all competitions.
Raheem Sterling who started his career with the club a bit slowly has been in the pick of things off late so as de Bruyne who looks a spectacular player when on the ball. Pellegrini will be happy with the way his squad has responded and will be hoping that they can continue the form for most of the season.
Next 5 Games:
Liverpool (H) ; Southampton (H) ; Stoke (A); Swansea (H) ; Arsenal (A)
Manchester City are at the top of the Barclays Premier League table with 26 points from 12 games, just ahead of Arsenal on goal difference. They have played some important fixtures in the first half of the League already and will face even tougher games before they enter the festive period. The first two games for the club after the International break are against Liverpool and Southampton at home.
Both clubs have their own brand of football and will surely prove hard for City to beat but the biggest test will be on the 22nd of December when they meet fellow toppers Arsenal at Emirates.
If City want to keep their title hopes alive, they will have to get through the festive period which starts with the trip to Emirates. Wenger will be ready for this top of the table clash and this game may give one of the clubs a big advantage going into the busy schedule.
City, however, will not face too many big games in the busy period and if they are able to reach New Years with minimum damage, they may well be able to pose a serious title threat for the 3rd time in 5 years.
After the break, Silva and Aguero are set to make their comebacks from injury and this will only strengthen the squad and give Pellegrini more options in attack. He will hope that his team can keep up the momentum for the months to come and brush aside all its challengers.
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