The citizens are preparing for another brutal campaign, where they will once again stand toe-to-toe with Liverpool and slug it out for the premier league title.
City recorded a mind-blowing total 198 points in their past two seasons to win back-to-back Premier League trophies, but many are speculating they will need to go beyond the 100 mark to win it again.
They will become only the fifth team in English football history to achieve the feat of three consecutive top-flight titles, after Huddersfield ,Arsenal , Liverpool and Manchester United (twice).
Manchester United did it from 1998-2001 and 2006-09, the only side to do it in the Premier League era. Before them, it was Liverpool (1981-84), Arsenal (1932-35), and Huddersfield (1923-26).
That’s it, so Manchester City is aiming to join pretty exclusive company when it tries to defend a trophy Liverpool as found as elusive company.
Last season finished tight. City’s incredible follow-up to an unprecedented season was again enough for first place. That was just one point more than the flashy Reds of Anfield, who threw away a big time Christmas lead about as quick as a kid tosses away the wrapping paper.
City has questions at left back between Benjamin Mendy , Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Angelino .
Oddly enough, Angelino may be the answer for City. The 22-year-old was bought back from PSV Eindhoven last season after a 1-goal, 9-assist league season and impressive-enough job in the club’s UCL run.
Liverpool, again, will be City’s main foe domestically and in Europe. As is now custom under the Txiki Begiristain-Ferran Soriano sporting director-chief executive axis, City have moved slickly in the market to give them the best chance of holding off Klopp’s men. The defensive midfielder Rodri joined from Atlético Madrid in the first week of July , City paying his €70m (£62.8m) release clause, so the addition of a central defender, following Vincent Kompany’s departure for Anderlecht, is the only real issue remaining.
Here’s the good news for City fans who believe Liverpool is right on its tail: They aren’t. The expected goals table says City should’ve finished with 90 points last season, not 98, but that Liverpool’s 97 were an even bigger over performance. The Reds expected finish was 83 points.
City has the ball more than everyone else, passes more and better than everyone else, shoots more than everyone else, and scores more than everyone else.
Incredibly, those totals are the same home and away. That was true in Guardiola’s first PL title campaign, too, with the exception of finishing fourth in shots per game while away from home.