Manchester City's pre-season under scrutiny

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Can you smell it football fans?

That's the smell of freshly made pies and the air of excitement for the first match day of the season.

Well, at least for a few sets of supporters. For many, their club's campaign has already kicked off, like the Scottish Premier League, for example.


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However, for the Premier League, we all still have a week to either relish the tense build up or kick and scream in impatience. Either way, as most sides finished their pre-season just yesterday, let's sum up just how well Manchester City's has gone.

Good point - Sterling and Silva partnership 

Manchester City's pre season has been filled with mixed results, but one thing that looks more positive is just how devastatingly well Raheem Sterling and David Silva are going to link up.

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Already two of City's brightest lights during pre-season, they seem to have already developed a fantastic understanding and with Silva's creative assistance - Sterling has amassed three goals and four assists in just five games. Both players even grabbed a brace each against the Malaysia XI. 

Good point - Kelechi Iheanacho and Co

Having already shipped off Stevan Jovetic and with Edin Dzeko looking destined for the exit door, Kelechi Iheanacho looks a light at the end of the tunnel.

Impressing in pre-season, Iheanacho looks like a striker for the future, and not the too distant future either.

Looking lively against the likes of AS Roma and Real Madrid, his pace and strength upfront was evident for City and could be used by Manuel Pellegrini this campaign.

The likes of Cameron Humphreys, Brandon Barker, Marcos Lopes, Manu Garcia and Jason Denayer also impressed for the blues, giving commanding first team displays. 

Bad point - Vincent Kompany

Quite a harsh intro really, especially given that he spent nearly half of pre-season in Britain with his new born child.

Nevertheless, the main reason he's a negative of City's tour is because of his lethargic and the unsure look about him.

Especially against Stuttgart, the blues skipper was at fault for at least two of their goals in the recent 4-2 defeat and looked sluggish throughout.

An example of this would be Stuttgart's third goal, Kompany came to intercept a pass on the edge of the penalty area but instead the ball got passed through him to Daniel Ginczek who slotted it past Joe Hart.

The Vincent Kompany of two seasons ago would have easily intercepted that ball but he was too late this time around. 

Bad point - Fabian Delph injury 

Just 20 minutes into his debut in a City shirt new signing, Fabian Delph, was stretchered off.

Not the best of debuts for your new club, and with the blues short of midfield options already because of Fernandinho's absence, City will feel cheated.

Especially since the 20 minutes he played against Real Madrid, he actually looked pretty lively. Hopefully its nothing serious though, and will be back shortly to reinforce the blues midfield.


A topsy turvy pre-season for the Blues, however the good outweighs the bad.

The brilliant performances of Raheem Sterling can be nothing but a really encouraging sign. Also, the commanding performances of Jason Denayer, Kelechi Iheanacho and Marcos Lopes prove that the youngsters will provide more than capable back up when necessary.

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