Football Manager Predicts: How Manchester City Would Do If They Landed Their Expected Targets

Football Manager Predicts: How Manchester City Would Do If They Landed Their Expected Targets
May 29, 2017

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Just a week after ending a poor Premier League campaign in third place, failing to win any silverware under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have wasted no time in splashing the cash on top players to strengthen their chances of challenging in the Premier League and Champions League next season.

As of writing, current manager Pep Guardiola has already convinced promising playmaker Bernardo Silva to trade life in France for the city of Manchester for a reported £43 million fee. In addition to this, various reports around the country have claimed that this big spending is far from over, with the likes of; Kyle Walker, Fabinho, and also, Ederson, all linked to a move to the blue side of Manchester in the near future.

With all of these promising, top players, linked with moves to the Citizens, we decided to use the help of Football Manager 2017 to predict just what Manchester City fans could expect to happen next season…

Transfer Activity:

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After already confirming the signature of Bernardo Silva, five more players agreed to join Manchester City alongside the Portuguese midfielder to further strengthen the Manchester club’s chances in the league and European competition next season. More than £200 million was spent by the Citizens in this experiment with SL Benfica goalkeeper Ederson, AS Monaco trio Silva, Benjamin Mendy, and Fabinho, Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker, and finally, Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho.

Whilst financial departures are not yet known (apart from Nolito who seems confirmed to leave in the summer), the club have already confirmed that a number of players will depart following the expiration of their contracts. Pablo Zabaleta was revealed as a West Ham player recently, but the futures of Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and, Yaya Toure are unknown.

Competitions:

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Surprisingly, the Citizens were only able to win one piece of silverware across the entirety of the 2017/18 league season, with London club Arsenal stealing all of the headlines. Man City was able to cement their spot in Europe next season as they ended their Premier League campaign with 78 points; 18 points behind the eventual winners Arsenal.

In continental competitions, the Manchester club’s season varied. In regards to the FA Cup, Pep Guardiola was able to find some success as his side beat rivals Liverpool to lift the trophy. Despite putting attention towards his first team rather than the youth setup, the Citizens faced embarrassment in the EFL Cup after being knocked out by a weakened Tottenham side. In Europe, the curse of Man City continued as they were knocked out by eventual finalists Atletico Madrid in the round of sixteen, with the competition won by Arsenal (yes seriously).

Stats:

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In the goals department, Sergio Aguero played a key role across the season as he found the net on 19 occasions, only three behind the dual-golden boot winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez. However, his min/goal ratio is worse in comparison to the duo.

When taking a look at the Citizen’s goal tally across the entirety of the season, it’s rather surprising that they were able to finish as high as 3rd in the league. Despite thoroughly strengthening in a wide range of positions on the pitch the Citizens were only able to score 61 times in the entire season, leaving them in 6th place on the goals scored table.

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Best XI:

Across the season, Pep Guardiola decided to use five of his summer signings as first choice players in a fluid, attacking, 4123 system. Ederson was fielded in the goal with a back four of Mendy, John Stones, Vincent Kompany, Walker. Carvalho occupied his favoured deep-lying playmaker role on the pitch whilst Gundogan and De Bruyne sat further up the pitch to form a midfield trio. Silva and David Silva took on inside forward roles with Sergio Agüero used as the main source of goals on the pitch. Other signing Fabinho mainly spent his season on the bench, but did feature of numerous occasions.

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