Manchester City Holds One Final Goal For Next Season
Manchester City achieved a treble last year just not the treble they were hoping for as the disappointment of not winning the Champions League still drives the club’s ambition.
Man City was the first club to win all three domestic trophies the Premier League, FA Cup, and the Carabao Cup.
The club has all their critical contributors under contract going into next season. They will lose captain Vincent Kompany as he will become Anderlecht’s player-manager as expected due to his age and better options already on the side.
One possible issue is the current UEFA investigation and rumors this may result in a one year ban from Champions League. The investigation is into accusations that the club misled European soccer’s financial regulators however no final decision exist.
Lingering Issues – Centre Back, Left Back, and Midfield
Any lingering issues from a club that achieved a treble could be considered nitpicking; however, there are always opportunities to improve.
The club could use additional depth in the midfield as Kevin DeBruyne being in an out of the lineup did impact the club. DeBruyne did not play the first leg against Tottenham and if he did the club likely would have avoided losing an aggregate. The club also will need to strengthen the defense, mainly centre back and left back. Oleksandr Zinchenko played out of position at left back several times this past season. Real Madrid’s Luke Jovic, Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt, and Atletico Madrid’s Rodri have rumored interest. The key to left back ultimately is the health of Benjamin Mendy, but the club will likely look to add depth in that position as an insurance policy.
Early Prognosis – Premier and Champions League Winners
Man City on paper going into next year without any new additions is one of the if not the top club in Europe on paper. A healthy Mendy, DeBruyne, and new additions in the transfer market should finally push the club to the Champions League title. Liverpool pushed hard this season in the Premier League but still fell short a challenge of this magnitude will be hard to duplicate therefore Man City is expected to three-peat in England while the other team in the big 6 continue to chase.
The article is the first of a series of articles on the 20 English Premier League clubs participating in the upcoming 2019-2010 season.
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