Manchester City's strength in depth gives them the edge

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To mark an absolutely monumental summer for Manchester City this transfer window, especially after acquiring some key targets and wonderful talents - in particular, young spark Kevin De Bruyne, you begin to see just how superb the citizens' overall squad looks.

Put it this way, if you were to line up City's weakest team - and I use the word 'weakest' in the broadest sense of the word, I'm pretty sure that side would still compete for a Europa League place at least.

Take the Blues' typical starting eleven this season, including their latest big signing who is likely to become first choice;

Hart, Sagna, Kompany, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne, Aguero.


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Now rotate all those players to the opposing substitute number (presuming they are all fit), like so;

Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Demichelis, Clichy, Delph, Fernando, Nasri, Navas, Iheanacho, Bony.

Pretty incredible really, the second eleven would be strong enough to a give any top side trouble. To say that no other team in the Premier League has this much cover is a true understatement.

Not even just the replacement cover, but also the sheer mind boggling tactical possibilities with this team.

For example, a scenario where City are away at a tough ground such as Stoke City and they're winning 1-0 with five minutes remaining, the Potters keep on hammering the kitchen sink at a tired sky blue defence - many defensive players of the highest order such as Delph, Fernando and Demichelis are waiting to introduce that fresh solidarity.

For every one exceptional player, there is an almost equally as good back up waiting to replace him. This is a team quality that not many clubs can enjoy the benefits of, but for Manchester City however, this must make them title favourites.

Director of football, Txiki Begiristain and Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak promised a fresh stab at the transfer market in order to become stronger and more competitive this time around, and boy did they deliver.

De Bruyne, Roberts, Otamendi, Delph and Sterling - an unbelievably strong wanted list all got a tick in their box as they flew into Manchester to sign on the dotted line.

Bolstering all of City's positional lines and in the process sending out a clear message to their title rivals.

You just have to admire the dedication of promise, not just from Khaldoon Al Mubarak but from Txiki Begiristain as well.

However, Txiki Begiristain hasn't had nearly enough praise as him despite his transfer successes. Why is this? I'm not entirely sure.

All we do know is, City don't look lying down until they have the Barclays Premier League trophy back in their grasp and back at the Etihad

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