5 Reasons Why City Will Win The League This Season
Posted by Joe Bishop | Published on July 31, 2016
With the introduction of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City are many people’s favourites to win the league this season, however, some are still doubting City’s potential to win the league this year, so I will evaluate 5 reasons why City will win the league this season.
A big reason as to why Manchester City will succeed this season is due to their great squad depth; with the addition of Nolito they now have a fierce strike force, with Kelechi Iheanacho coming through the ranks and impressing last season, as well as Kun Aguero, who needs no praise. They also have a midfield consisting of superstars like David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne, and if the rumours are correct, young Schalke starlet Leroy Sane will be soon heading to the Etihad. City also have an incredible defence, Otamendi became somewhat of a fan favourite last season after his shaky start, and Mangala has slowly began to settle into the role he was brought in to play. They also have young Jason Denayer who impressed at the Euros and is a player that City fans have been begging their managers to give a chance to,and hopefully Pep will help him fulfill his potential this season, as opposed to sending him out on loan again. Add these players to a prime, fit, Vincent Kompany, and you can’t see City shipping many goals this coming season.
The introduction of Pep Guardiola as manager of City is something that excited fans of not just their club, but fans of every team in the league. Fans will be both nervous and excited at the opportunity of their team playing and attempting to defeat a team assembled by one of the current greatest managers in world football, and Pep hasn’t disappointed in his first season’s in his tenures with Barcelona and Bayern. Guardiola was brought in to manage Barcelona on the back of a trophyless season for the club who had been managed by Frank Rijkaard, and he completely transformed the team, winning the La Liga and the Champions League, as well as the Copa Del Rey, in his first season at the Camp Nou. Pep went on to enjoy more success at Barcelona before accepting the managers role at Bayern Munich in the 2013-14 season. He proved that what he did at Barca was not a fluke, winning the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal in his first season at the Allianz, while enjoying a decent Champions League campaign, however, losing 5-0 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the semi final. While many fans may speculate that Pep had it easy at his previous two clubs, and that the Premier League will be too tough to conquer in his first season, Guardiola certainly arrives with a fierce reputation.
Pep’s Style Of Play:
Guardiola enters the managers job at City not just with a reputation of bringing in trophies, but also a reputation of playing attractive, lucrative and illustrious football. He is famed for introducing the Tiki Taka style of play to Barcelona, taking European football and the league by storm in his first season, as well as incorporating this style of football into his Bayern side. He often plays a high defensive line and relies on the passing of his central midfielders to retain possession of the ball. He also likes to play the false nine formation, if he has the right player to put in the centre forward role, and made an increased use of the 3-4-3 system in the 2011-12 season. So expect to see some experimental formations and tactics from Guardiola, hopefully paying off (if you’re a City fan).
Prolific Strike Force:
With the introduction of Spanish forward Nolito, City now have a strike force who scored a combined 50 league goals last season, although Nolito sometimes played on the wing for Celta. Add this to the goals and many assists which come from the likes of David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne in midfield, and the fact that Leroy Sane, who scored 8 and assisted 6 in 23 appearances last season, City will certainly be feared by their Premier League rivals this season, and you should expect the complete demolition of some teams, similar to the Sergio Aguero masterclass in last season’s tearing apart of Newcastle.
Players Will Relish Opportunity:
No one will forget the moment when Sergio Aguero tore the hearts of United fans clean out of their chests, and cemented his name in the Manchester City history books, it was a moment where, in 50 years time, whether you’re a City fan or not, you’ll say to your friend ‘remember when Martin Tyler almost broke his voice box screaming AGUEROOOOO’, and you’ll reminisce about that magical ending to a great Premier League season, which will go down in City and PL folklore for centuries to come. Although City also won the League two years later, in the 2013-14 season, for City fans, it doesn’t compare to the last second feeling of pure ecstasy felt when Aguero produced that magical moment. However, City haven’t enjoyed glory like that for two season’s now, and although they have recorded an FA Cup win, they have not yet managed to replicate the glory of the 2011-12 and the 2013-14 season’s, finishing 2nd and 4th respectively in the season’s following their previous title win. This is why the appointment of Guardiola excites City fans so much, they haven’t felt those feelings of ecstasy for two season’s, and although last season they reached the semi’s of the Champions League, City fans were beginning to become impatient under Pelligrini, and Pep is a welcomed change. City have a squad of both experience and youth, who compliment each other positively, with the experienced players coaching and helping the youth to settle into the squad, just as Kelechi Iheanacho did last season. These players will relish the opportunity of working with a manager of Guardiola’s calibre and will be hungry for victory, after two years of anti climatic league performances, especially last season’s 4th place disappointment.