With Manchester United regaining their previous 'Champions' status after comfortably beating Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, newly-appointed City boss Manuel Pellegrini is showing great intent as the 2013/14 opener approaches.
Manchester City were crowned the 2011/12 Premier League champions under Italian tactician Roberto Mancini after a gruelling season which saw the Citizens come out winners under the most outrageous circumstances.
Mancini's men failed to have the same impact the following season which led to the departure of former Inter boss Mancini.
Pellegrini was appointed shortly after the curtains were drawn on what was yet another fantastic Premier League season and was quick to show his real intentions for his new club.
Pellegrini is looking to help City ignite a serious championship challenge over bitter city rivals Manchester United, and I personally believe this may be the year Manchester is painted blue again.
Many factors lead me to believe this could be City's year - and with the optimism within the ranks of the City team and the clear intentions of and experienced manager I can see City excelling this campaign.
With the shock departure of United legend Sir Alex Ferguson and the announcement of new boss David Moyes, I am unsure on the future of the Red Devils.
Although the squad is still full of world-class players and household names amongst world football I feel that David Moyes doesn't possess the skills to manage a dressing room full of conflicting egos and I personally believe that Moyes will crumble under the United pressure handed too him.
With a substantial chance of United crumbling City will be licking their lips at the prospect of getting one over on their bitter rivals and will relish the challenge of a new look Chelsea side back under management of Jose Mourinho. The future seems bright for both Chelsea and Manchester City but I feel that City have more flair and quality about them than their main rivals.
In what looks set to be a hugely competitive season, City are flourishing with new additions showing that Pellegrini and co. are prepared to fend off and challengers that may stand in the way of their title.
New additions include ex-Sevilla winger Jesus Navas and Brazilian playmaker Fernandinho, while Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic and Sevilla marksman Alvaro Negredo could also arrive in the near future.
These additions alone add real fight and quality to the City ranks and take Pellegrini's summer spending spree to over £90m so far.
Putting all these factors into perspective I feel that the title is leaning Manchester City's way, but it's football. Anything could happen.
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