The Champions of last season will be our focus of this article. This article is different not because they are the recent champions, but also the club I support. The story of how I became a supporter happened to be the first Premier League match I watched. It was the final game of the season of the 2011/2012 season, with […]
The Champions of last season will be our focus of this article.
This article is different not because they are the recent champions, but also the club I support. The story of how I became a supporter happened to be the first Premier League match I watched.
It was the final game of the season of the 2011/2012 season, with City playing QPR. Having gone behind late in the match, it had seemed that the league title was lost to United. Miraculously, City scored to draw level into stoppage time. Then, somehow, Sergio Aguero was played the ball from Mario Balotelli in the 94th minute.
What happened next was incredible. Unbelievable. The camera was shaking, the stadium erupted, it was utter chaos. I didn’t know the back story, but I found out that City hadn’t won a title in 44 years. The emotions from that game were enough to make me buy into the Club.
Moving back into the article, City has been world-class. They haven’t had the Champion’s League success that the club has expected from bringing in Pep Guardiola. In England, however, they have won back to back titles. This past season, they won an unprecedented four trophies. I think this fourth season under Pep will be all about European glory. It has to be, considering that was the ultimate prize the club brought the Spaniard in for.
The squad has unbelievable depth. With the extreme amount of money that has been spent under Pep, the squad has invested heavily in youth. Players like Ederson, Aymeric LaPorte, Bernardo Silva, and Gabriel Jesus have all made significant impacts, forming the team into a dynamic, procession based juggernaut.
However, I believe the club needs to stop spending so much and sell off an asset or two to balance the books. The two players would be Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez. They need to cash in while they still can and should be able to get at least 70 million pounds for the two of them.
This summer, City have brought in Rodri from Atletico Madrid and youth academy product Angelino from PSV Eindhoven. Rodri in the replacement for an aging Fernandinho, while Angelino was brought in to help cover the left-back spot. If there was one player I would’ve signed, it would be Allan from Napoli. He is a dynamic midfielder who can win tackles and get forward in attack. He is a similar build to Fernandinho and had similar numbers with tackles and interceptions to the City man.
All in all, I think City will finish 2nd. I think the club will focus on the Champion’s League and with Liverpool hungry to end their drought, they will come runner-up in the league. City needs a Champion’s League title to cement their dominance as one of the best Premier League sides to ever take the pitch. I am excited to see the squad in action this season, with matchdays being my favorite day of the week during the season. Oh, and one last thing:
COME ON CITY!