With the Manchester City players starting pre-season after another premier league triumph under Pep Guardiola, the squad will be looking to build on from last season and get their hands on a much-awaited European trophy. Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time and his arrival has decorated the Manchester City trophy cabinet but the spot of a European trophy remains empty. Having reached the final of the champions league for the first time, Pep’s side lost to a wonderful performance by English rivals Chelsea. Heading into the 2021/22 season, we are going to analyse their squad and predict their performance in England and Europe.
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Potential Transfers Ins
Manchester City has been heavily linked with Harry Kane and Jack Grealish. With both players being the most important individuals at their respective clubs, they have been valued at €100m each by their club. A price tag only a few can match, Man City were keen to sign both but the heavy price tags mean they can only go after either one. With Pep Guardiola saying in an interview that they do not require a striker, the eyes turn towards Grealish. But with Aston Villa looking to hold onto their star man and Daniel Levy unwilling to let go of Harry Kane, we will have to wait and see which one of the English stars lands up in the blue half of Manchester.
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Potential Transfer Outs
Aymeric Laporte is looking to leave Manchester City after John Stones proved his ability in a defensive partnership with Ruben Dias last season. Laporte had an underwhelming last season which allowed Stones to grab the CB position. The Spaniard will look elsewhere in Europe for consistent game time.
Bernardo Silva is another man wishing to say goodbye to the Etihad. He has enjoyed a mixed spell under Pep but has failed to consistently make his mark. He has been a victim of Pep’s squad rotation and has played in numerous positions in the side. Nearing 27, he would be looking for regular first-team football. The Portuguese international is a fine talent and is one of the many players looking towards the exit door.
Things just haven’t worked out for Gabriel Jesus at Manchester City. He is a quick and skilful striker who just hasn’t hit it off. It was going to take a lot out of the Brazilian to grab the number 9 spot from Sergio Aguero but even when the Argentine’s form started to diminish, Pep went with other players to play in that position. In Aguero’s absence, Jesus has shown glimpses of good performances but has not performed consistently. With his prime years in front of him, he would be looking to settle at a club for a long time.
Players To Look Out For
Kevin De Bruyne
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Kevin De Bruyne is by far the best player at Manchester City. The Belgium international is always a contender for top assists in the league and puts in excellent performances for his team on numerous occasions. Despite playing only 25 games last season, he had 12 assists and 6 goals to his name.
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Phil Foden is one of the best young players in world football. The 21-year-old’s performances have started to demand regular game time from Pep Guardiola. Foden is a versatile player having played midfield, left and right-wing as well as centre forward under pep Guardiola. Pep has mixed his tactics and players but Foden has been through it all. He had 9 goals and 5 assists last season and will be looking to build on from that this year.
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An F. Torres playing in the Premier League is bound to gain some attention. Ferran transferred to City from Valencia last season and scored 7 goals while assisting another 2. Not known for his goalscoring, Pep has played the young Spaniard mainly on the wing. But towards the end of last season, we saw him play in a false 9 role. With Aguero gone and Jesus looking to leave, Ferran is most likely to be the player for that role. His pace and dribbling will be beneficial for him to cruise past the opponent’s backline. He will be looking to build on from last season and cement his place on this side.
Predicted Lineup for Next Season
Predicted finish- 2nd
We are predicting the Manchester City side to fall short of the Premier League gold medal. Chelsea has been born again Thomas Tuchel who beat Pep’s city thrice last season after becoming the Manager of the club with the last win being the Champions League final victory. Chelsea has completely changed their style of play and will be heading home with the trophy next season. Liverpool has a point to prove after a disappointing last season. Rivals Manchester United have boosted their squad from the transfer market and will be looking for Premier League glory. Manchester City will have the edge over the United and Liverpool but will fall short of Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Predicted finish- Semi-Final
Pep has struggled with winning the Champions League ever since he left Barcelona. Despite being the favourites to win the final against Chelsea, City came home with an unconvincing silver medal. Next season isn’t going to be any better as we are predicting a semi-final loss for Pep’s men. Many teams performed below expectations last seasons such as Barca, PSG and Juventus. These European powerhouses will be looking to come in strong and Manchester City will not be able to make it past the final four.
FA CUP AND EFL CUP
Predicted Finish- 1st in either one
Pep’s sides have a history of dominating domestically. Failing to win any other trophy, we are predicting Manchester City to win either the FA Cup or EFL Cup. A trophyless season isn’t quite heard of under Pep Guardiola and his side will get a domestic gold medal in either of the knockout competitions.
Manchester City has established itself as a powerhouse ever since Sheikh Mansour took over the club in 2008. Despite years of domestic dominance, European glory is still far to be seen. With another season without the Champions League medal and failing to achieve Premier League, will the coming season be Pep’s last at the Etihad as the Sheikh bids farewell to the Spanish mastermind? Is Pep Guardiola getting sacked next season or is he going to go on another couple hundred million spending spree?