Manchester City finished the season as Premier League Champions last time around, under the excellent guidance of Chilean boss Manuel Pellegrini. Yaya Toure was in scintillating form all season-long, and at times he single-handedly guided the Citizens to glory. However, a poor Community Shield performance has cast some doubt over their league credentials.
Manuel Pellegrini definitely got City playing ‘proper’ football after the debacle from Roberto Mancini the season previous. He brought in the likes of Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas who made a real difference in the attacking side to their game, but the real test will come this season. Can they back it up?
It has to be Yaya Toure. The Ivorian had his best season in terms of goal-scoring last year, finding the net 24 times in all competitions. Despite the 31-year old claiming to be unhappy with the City hierarchy for not getting him a birthday cake, he’s now had a change of heart and seems happy in Manchester.
Fernando – £12million (FC Porto)
Bacary Sagna – Free transfer (Arsenal)
Willy Caballero – £6million (Malaga)
Frank Lampard – Loan (New York City)
Eliaquim Mangala – £32m (FC Porto)
Gareth Barry – Free transfer (Everton)
Jack Rodwell – £10million (Sunderland)
Last season’s Premier League finish: 1st.
Predicted League Finish: 2nd.
Manchester City have made some astute signings this summer, but they haven’t brought in that big name. With a tricky start to the Premier League, they’ll drop points early on and will always be playing catch-up.