EPL TOP 6 PREVIEW: MANCHESTER CITY

EPL TOP 6 PREVIEW: MANCHESTER CITY

EPL TOP 6 PREVIEW: MANCHESTER CITY

By: Miguel Martinez

EPL

MANCHESTER CITY


Key Additions

Raheem Sterling

Fabian Delph


Key Losses

James Milner

Edin Dzeko?

Stevan Jovetic


City came into the 2014/15 campaign as the defending Champions and looked set to go head to head with Chelsea for the title.  In the end City proved to be no match, as they were tied for first in the table for only a week, and Chelsea dominated the title race from wire to wire.  The main culprit in the step back for City was the play of the defense, most notably the Captain Vincent Kompany.  The Belgian has been nothing short of world class in City’s previous title runs but left a lot to be desired last year. Kompany dealt with nagging injuries all year and the City Supporters will hope that the Belgian can return to form as he looks to be back at full strength. In the offensive end, Edin Dzeko had a down year and his struggles early on were only magnified with the addition of Wilfred Bony.  The two players seemed to never get a chance to get comfortable and without much help from strikers not named Aguero, David Silva stepped into the role of goal scorer.  The diminutive Spaniard, usually known for setting players up, was second on the team with an EPL career-high 12 goals.  Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero kept City in the hunt, but the Sky Blues failed to achieve any glory as they were held trophy-less in all competitions.

City come into this year looking to overtake Chelsea domestically but also to improve their chances in the Champions League. With that in mind, the Citizens spent big money on former Liverpool man Raheem Sterling. The English international will look to strengthen the City attack with his 1 v 1 play and passing ability, but also provide width on the attack as an accomplished winger.   In his few pre-season starts the midfielder has shown to have a nice understanding with City quarterback, David Silva.  With the impending departure of Edin Dzeko, City will need the pair to thrive, and for Wilfred Bony to be an intimidating presence in the box if they want to finish top of the table.   The added departure of two-way stud James Milner, will force Samir Nasri to take on a deeper role in the midfield.  Nasri has to be willing to track back and help his fullbacks or he might see Fernandinho take his place in the starting eleven.  In defense, Kompany looks to bounce back from his worst season in the EPL and the Citizens will hope that Eliaquim Mangala can pull away from the aging Martin Demichelis and earn a spot next to Kompany.  Mangala showed a unique combination of speed and strength in his first season in the EPL but was caught out of place and looked lost at times.  In fairness to the Frenchman, the defensive unit as a whole struggled  with consistency and unforced errors all year long.

Manchester City have their core of Hart, Kompany, Toure, and Kun Aguero in place and the team is relatively injury free and primed for a title run this year.  If they can eliminate the surprise losses to the likes of West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Burnley they will be part of the three horse race to the finish line with Arsenal and Chelsea.