Wednesday 28th November 2018
Asif Mohammed – UCFB Business & Media Student
After an incredible start to the 2018/19 Premier League campaign, Manchester City look formidable and are on course to retain the league for the first time since Manchester United 10 years ago. But can Man City stay unbeaten during the campaign? Will they aim to win more than just the league? What are their chances?
Since winning the Premier League last season, Man City have become associated with possession type football. Their style, implemented by manager Pep Guardiola, has ensured City are considered the best in England, and arguably one of the best in Europe. In fact, Guardiola has a track record of winning by dominating games with previous experiences at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Since 2016, this style and rigour has innovated the type of football played, giving other managers something to consider. Given the fashion and demeanour in which Guardiola has revitalised City, it seems very unlikely teams will be able to cope with their approach.
In fact, statistically speaking Man City are a level above anyone else in the Premier League. After just 13 games, City sit top of the league with an incredible 35 points, with an exact copy in goal difference too! If they continue this rate, the ‘Citizens’ will be on route to set a new Premier League points record. The current champions will also be encouraged by their performance last season, as they only dropped a mere 14 points and scored a devastating 106 goals.
As well as this, City have also recruited well to help build a good foundation to their current team. The acquisition of 2016 PFA Players’ player of the year, Riyad Mahrez was also a good signal to their intent. Although he was their only marquee signing last summer transfer window, it’s credit to how good City’s strength in depth is. With an average age of 23 within the team, City are certainly building a strong foundation for the years ahead.
Keeping all of this in mind, it would come as no surprise if Man City do manage to remain unbeaten and win more than just the league title. City have strengthened since last season and are putting up dominating performances week in, week out. Even without their most instrumental player, Kevin De Bruyne, who has been side lined with injury for half the season.