Can anybody stop Manchester City next season?
Manchester City were a major disappointment this season. Yes, they won the Capital One Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League but their poor performance in the Premier League cannot be ignored. But with Pep Guardiola at the helm next season, City are on the verge of returning to the summit of English football – and they know it.
At the time of writing, City are priced at 15/8 in Coral’s football odds and Guardiola’s men will almost certainly finish in the top two next season. The Citizens are developing into a top force in England and a third title in six years would certainly help Pep’s cause as he looks to build a dynasty era at the Etihad Stadium.
With the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva in attacking areas, the Blues have enough quality to win the title next season. Guardiola is going to be busy this summer – with at least two or three players expected to join the club – and City’s starting line-up may look very different at the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign.
Meanwhile, Yaya Toure is expected to leave the club this summer. The Ivory Coast star has been central to City’s play since arriving from Barcelona but reports suggest that he is no longer key to Guardiola’s plans. If nothing else, he has been an excellent servant during his time at the Etihad Stadium but it is now time for the Blues to move on.
And if Guardiola can convince a world class centre-back to join the club this summer, they may already have one hand on the title – such is the strength of City’s overall squad. The Spaniard will already have one eye on a few potential transfer targets and City’s power in the market means that Pep will almost certainly be able to acquire whoever he wants.
Guardiola is a huge admirer of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see City move for the Gunners man this summer, especially if he performs well at the European Championship. According to Coral’s end of the season coverage, Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes that Wilshere won’t make Roy Hodgson’s squad this summer. If he doesn’t, at least he will be fresh for City’s title bid next season…
It isn’t a foregone conclusion but it will certainly take a brave man to back against City under Pep. The Citizens have the bit between their teeth and will be hungry for more success after a hit-and-miss campaign. And right now, City are in the driving seat for the title – especially if they sign Wilshere and a top centre-half in the summer transfer window.