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Manchester City are the Premier League's only European contenders

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With four English teams in the Champions League this season, only one club has enough about them to go on and win the prestigious trophy; they play in blue and have a new manager in charge, and no, it isn't Chelsea.

Manchester City in the past have had difficult groups when it comes to the Champions League, for the previous two seasons, Manuel Pellegrini's team have had to come up against the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

Last season Roberto Mancini was sacked due to the Citizens not being able to get out of their group, but no one could blame them. This is why this season will be the year Manchester City will be in the running for the trophy, mainly because of their route.

Yes, Bayern Munich have already beaten City at the Etihad Stadium, with Joe Hart making a few blunders, allowing Munich to go on and score, but in their other games the Manchester side have shown enough power and quality to see off the opposition, sitting second in their group having already qualified.

They have depth within their squad to put out two teams who would be capable of getting a result against a standard team in the Champions League, but with their best team, would cause certain problems for some of the contenders.

Looking at the squad, they have two solid keepers with one stand out, Joe Hart. The Englishman has been at the heart of criticism recently and all he can do now is to keep his head down and stop the ball getting past him, for he has always had the backing of the City manager and Roy Hodgson, and it is about keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

With their defence they have the brilliance of Pablo Zabaleta along with the enforcer Vincent Kompany. Zabaleta is a consistent performer who rarely has a bad game for the Manchester side, while Vincent Kompany is captain fantastic, a player fans hope doesn't get injured, for he is the rock in the middle of the park for Pellegrini.

In the heart of their midfield stands Yaya Toure, another powerful player who bares the full brunt of pace and skill, as the Ivorian showed what he is all about last season when he took Real Madrid apart by himself, and City were unfortunate not to take something away from that game, but again, another key source to City's chances.

Then you have the attacking force in Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo. Two players who would be great individually in any team, but together, are a force which is very difficult to stop, taking teams like Manchester United and Tottenham to pieces. The pace and crossing of Navas is a threat along with the strength and skill of Negredo. Two players who believe they are on the same wavelength.

But the main source, threat and canvas of their team is Sergio Aguero. The Argentinian striker is in the form of his life, a predator in the box, someone who you couldn't give half a chance to, a real menace, especially in this competition.

From this you can see City have some key players in their team and they have the quality to go all the way, but it is about Pellegrini and how he manages these talented professionals, for if they are going to win this competition, they better do it sooner rather than later.

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