How Manchester City fared last season
Last season was a year all Manchester City fans will never forget.
They won the Carabao Cup in February but that was them just getting started.
They went top of the league on the 16th of September with a 6-0 win at Watford and stayed their for the rest of the season.
A late goal from Gabriel Jesus on the final day at Southampton meant they finished with a record breaking 100 points, 19 clear of their nearest rivals.
It was a remarkable achievement but can they become the first team to retain the Premier League since Manchester United did so 10 years ago?
There was a point in the season where it looked as though The Citizens were going to do the quadruple.
However, they were knocked out the FA Cup by League 1 side Wigan in one of the biggest upsets the competition has ever known.
A couple of months later they crashed out the Champions League too at the quarter finals stage.
The team that became their Kryptonite, Liverpool, dumped them out 5-1 on aggregate to end their hopes of being crowned European champions for the very first time.
They were so good last season it seems to be the only sensible question to ask, how many trophies will they end the season with this time around?
What’s changed at Manchester City this summer
When you win 32 of your 38 league games not much needs to change.
Manchester City have broken their transfer record to finally bring in Riyad Mahrez, to give them yet another creative genius.
The Algerian is the only signing thus far but don’t rule out another 1 or 2 joining too.
A holding midfielder appears to be the priority. They missed out on both Fred and Jorginho, who went to Man United and Chelsea respectively, but they may just end up sticking with Fernandinho and İlkay Gündoğan in that position.
Manchester City did spend over £255 million in the last two windows so huge amounts of money cannot be splashed again.
When you’re as good as they were, why change much?
|Riyad Mahrez.||Right winger.||Leicester City.||£60 million.|
|Angus Gunn.||Goalkeeper.||Southampton.||£13,5 million.|
|Pablo Maffeo.||Right back.||Stuttgart.||£9 million.|
|Angeliño.||Left back.||PSV Eindhoven.||£5 million.|
|Yaya Touré.||Central midfielder.||Free agent.||Free.|
|Olarenwaju Kayode.||Stirker.||Shakhtar Donetsk.||£3 million.|
Manchester City predictions for 2018/2019
Unsurprisingly, Manchester City are odds on at 4/6 to retain their Premier League title.
The last three Premier League champions have all missed out on the top 4 the subsequent season but Man City are 1/25 to buck that trend.
They’ve won the League Cup 5 times and 3 times in the last 5 years and are 9/2 to retain their trophy.
They’re also 4/1 favourites to win the FA Cup for the sixth time.
The trophy they desire more than any other of course is the Champions League. They’ve only ever made it to the last 4 once but will this year be their year?
Manchester City are 6/1 to lift the European Cup in Madrid on June 1st.
They have an early chance at silverware in the FA Community Shield when they take on Chelsea in the traditional curtain raiser. They’ve won the Community (Charity) Shield 4 times previously and are 4/7 to win it again.
Guardiola’s team were so good last season it is impossible to back against them winning everything.
If they don’t retain the league it will be a surprised although there has to be more of a title race this time.
It’ll be interesting to see how hungry this squad are for more and more success and if they will dominate English football like many predict and fans of other teams fear.
Manchester City’s potential starting XI and squad depth
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.