Premier League: What to expect from Manchester City in 2019-20?
Manchester City will look to continue their dominance in the Premier League when they take the field in the 2019-20 season starting next month. City under Pep Guardiola have won two successive EPL titles after amassing 100 and 98 points respectively. Can they claim a hat-trick of titles? Here we decode what to expect from City in 2019-20.
City have a rich attacking unit and the depth in ranks is commendable. In Sergio Aguero, they have a seasoned striker who can give you 20-plus goals every season. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva form a deadly attacking force. All these players are extremely versatile. City have scored 201 goals in EPL over the last two seasons.
The arrival of Rodri for £62.8 mn from Atletico Madrid has bolstered City's mid-field. The Spaniard will want to thrive under magician Pep. City have richness in mid-field and everyone seems to work well under Pep. His philosophy of possession-based football has worked since many years. That will be the hallmark this season as well. The mid-fielders will be that engine.
City's defensive attributes will compliment the mid-field and attack. Their defensive line was breached on just 50 occasions over the last two seasons. These are impressive statistics that make City go into the season looking more assured. With a top class goal-keeper like Ederson present, Pep look to implement his natural game from the back and keep things under control.
This season could see Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne rule the show. Silva with his play-making attributes can thrive in those little spaces. De Bruyne will want to stay fit and create chances from the mid-field role, he has settled into. City will be challenged by Liverpool and one expects a tough battle. However, City have what it takes to win the title.