GMS Academy member Sean Somers offers his assessement of Manchester City ahead of the imminent Premier League season.
It's been a content summer for Manchester City this time around. The nightmares of losing out last year on Robin Van Persie, Javi Martinez and Eden Hazard have long gone and with a whole new back room staff and manager, things are looking promising for City as they enter the 2013/14 Premier League campaign.
The transfer business was done at an early stage in the window thus helping Manuel Pellegrini gel the new boys into the squad comfortably. The new arrivals have been welcomed in by the squad and the troublesome character Carlos Tevez has gone the other way by securing a move to Italian giants Juventus.
The summer also saw Manchester City make developments on a global scale by extending their business partnerships.
The formation of partner club New York City FC has meant that City will be breaking into the American sports market, a multi million dollar business investment that will ensure City will continue to challenge financially with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona for many years to come.
Adding to that, the work to develop a huge training and youth complex around the Etihad has begun and plans have been developed to extend their home into a 60,000 seater stadium in the near future.
Manchester City have splashed around £90 million this summer welcoming in Spanish duo, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas, Montenegrin starlet Stevan Jovetic and Brazilian power house Fernandinho.
The only man they couldn't get their hands on was Edison Cavani, who instead opted for a move to wealthy French side Paris Saint-Germain. The new arrivals have added strength to City side in vital departments.
It's no secret that the fans have been crying out for a quality winger season after season and Pellegrini answered that wish with the addition Navas. The sales of Mario Balotelli in January and Carlos Tevez in June left two vacant spots in the striker department.
Negredo and Jovetic are the exciting replacements and City fans will be hoping to see goals galore after a frustrating season that lacked flair up front.
Perhaps the most lip smacking acquisition was Fernandinho. The talented playmaker will be linking up with City power house Yaya Toure in the centre of midfield.
The duo will certainly prove hard to deal with and Fernandinho's arrival will allow Toure to have a more liberated role on the field. Expect more exciting football from City this season!
It is often said that clubs and fans shouldn't look too much into pre-season results, with some players coming back from injuries and holidays and some needing rest from Confederation cup duties.
Manchester City have had a mixed bag of results, losing to lowly South African sides twice at the beginning of the pre-season campaign but pulling off an astounding result against AC Milan in the Audi Cup just two weeks later.
The preparations for the new season seem to have impressed the new manager and despite losing 3-1 to league rivals Arsenal recently, captain Vincent Kompany was happy and content with how the side has progressed over the summer.
Perhaps one disappointing aspect of the pre-season for Manchester City fans was the inability to see exciting young talent John Guidetti secure some playing time.
The man often nicknamed “The Swedish Wayne Rooney”, is still some weeks away from full fitness and is perhaps likely to be persuaded to take another loan move.
There aren't many weaknesses going into the new season for Manchester City, however with the injury of Matija Nastasic it leaves them short for a few weeks in the central defensive area.
City could call for Joleon Lescott to replace him, with the only other back-up the forgotten young Belgian, Dedryk Boyata.
Boyata who hasn't played a competitive game for Manchester City since December 2011 and wouldn't be an ideal replacement. Pellegrini will certainly want to address this issue before the season.
The Blues have been linked with Real Madrid defender Pepe and Borussia Dortmund favourite Matts Hummels throughout the summer and with no real comment to distance the club from these reports, we could see one of the targets in a City shirt by September 2.
Manuel Pellegrini was brought in this summer to replace the unpredictable and vocal Italian Roberto Mancini. Pellegrini arrived at the club in June with the club already securing the signatures of Fernandinho and Jesus Navas.
The former Real Madrid, Villarreal and Malaga manager arrives with big expectations and huge targets to achieve with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak expressing that the owners expect five trophies in five years.
Realistic or not, Pellegrini has approached this task with confidence and determination so far, and the fans look forward to the kind of football he will adopt during his time in Manchester.
What should the fans expect:
The fans should expect some exciting football this season and an increased number of goals. The new signings have settled in well and with a possible addition in the defensive set up there is every right for the blue half of Manchester to be confident about their prospects this season.
With local rivals Manchester United approaching their first season without Sir Alex Ferguson and Chelsea welcoming back the exuberant former manager Jose Mourinho, the Premier League will certainly be hard to predict this term.
Where will they finish:
There is no reason to doubt Manchester City's chances of becoming champions this season. They have all the right elements to win the league and perhaps another trophy alongside it.
Any kind of repeat of last season will be seen as a failure in the eyes of the owners and the fans so with big expectations behind them City players and manager Manuel Pellegrini know what they need to do this season.
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