After a very disappointing season for Manchester City - they will be hoping to improve in 2013/14 and regain the Premier League title.
A deal has been done for Manuel Pellegrini to take control in the blue half of Manchester next season, following, the perhaps, harsh sacking of previous boss Roberto Mancini.
Pellegrini, who last term took his Malaga side to a Champions League quarter-final, only to be knocked out in the closing minutes of the second leg at the hands of a strong Borussia Dortmund side, as well as achieving a top six finish with his club in La Liga, will be doing all he can to knock the current champions, Manchester United, off their perch.
But as experienced as the fifty-nine-year-old is, does he really understand what he has to do to achieve this?
On their day, Manchester City are quite capable of beating anyone in the world, but in the previous year a lack of depth in their squad has been evident.
Even with the likes of Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero and David Silva, the Citizens just aren’t the same without their captain, Vincent Kompany.
Although one man certainly doesn’t make a team, when City are without the Belgian, they immediately become a great deal more vulnerable without him commanding the back-line. This is simply just not good enough for a team with the ambitions that the Sky Blues possess.
You can argue that even Manchester United have at times looked weak at the back, but in the past few seasons the Reds have managed to triumph at times when they have had multiple defenders, such as Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, out injured due to their ability to bring in high quality replacements like Jonny Evans and Phil Jones.
This is something that the Premier League runners-up have struggled to do, and yet there seems a very simple solution to this ongoing problem.
Mats Hummels, Raphael Varane, and Sergio Ramos are just three names on an endless list of players that Manchester City have the financial capability to target.
Surely the new manager will have to add at least one big name to the group of defenders he will inherit. As well as this, looking towards the future is essential to a club like City.
Matija Nastasic was somewhat a breath of fresh air at the Etihad last season. The 20-year-old has already shown he has the quality to handle the Premier League, and has established a regular place, alongside City’s main man Vincent Kompany, in the starting line-up.
Pellegrini must recognise this, just as Sir Alex has done with Evans and Jones in recent times, in order for his side to once again become a real competitor for the Premier League title next year, and in the future for that matter.
On the whole it is clear that the new man in charge of City will have a tough job. Before even considering the likes of the young Spaniard Isco, and Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani, it's essential that the defensive frailties are dealt with. Starting the new season without sorting this problem out would almost certainly be a huge error, and lead to another poor season for the men looking to regain that title that they feel is there for the taking.
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