5 Reasons Why Manchester City Are Up To The Challenge This Season
Manchester City had a remarkable season in 2011-2012, but they finished as runners-up to rivals Manchester United by 11 points in the Premier League title race last year. The difference was that United stayed consistent throughout the season whereas City at times lost concentration and didn't seem to have the same zest from a season ago. In this league, every game counts.
Putting last season behind them, City have now made a few reinforcements that they believe can bring back the title to the Blue side of Manchester. We all know that is not how it works, but every bit of help counts.
Fernandinho, the central midfielder, was signed from the Ukrainian league's Shaktar Donetsk. He is strong on the ball, knows how to distribute and score, and can be the general in the middle of the park. City have players like him, but they aren't as consistent.
Spanish international Jesus Navas has also joined their ranks from Sevilla, who play in the La Liga. His pace up the right wing is nearly untouchable while his ability to cross to near perfection just completes his game in the final third. Once in a while, he also decides to score when his teammates are not in the right position for him to distribute.
To lead this revamped squad, Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini was brought in from Malaga. His job is to lead this team to new heights both in the Premier League as well as the Champions League. He led Malaga in their first ever UCL experience to the quarterfinals. City were knocked out of the groups in each of the past two seasons. Therefore, he has work to do.
This upcoming season will be tougher than many, but City will be up to the challenge ... if they play their cards right.
The defense of Man City is solid, not great, but solid. As long as these guys keep their heads in the game, don't push up too much and be susceptible to counterattacks, they shouldn't allow too many goals and by doing so, they make winning easier for their team.
Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany
These two men have always been the heart and soul of the midfield and defense respectively. As long as they continue to lead their thirds on the field and play at the highest level, their teammates will follow in their footsteps and help win games.
The midfield, like every other position, is of extreme importance. If these guys run back to help the defense and push up to boost the attack, opposing teams will be in danger on both ends of the field. They have to concentrate, use their energy wisely and not make mistakes in order to avoid dangerous counters or build-ups.
Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri
The attacking midfield and attack will be responsible for scoring as always. These players have to put their teammates' hard work to good use by finding the back of the net as often as possible.
If the defense is allowing more goals than it should be, these guys have to make sure the team scores more in order to win the game to grab all three points.
This man is the best striker available on the roster. After the sale of Carlos Tevez to Juventus, he has even more responsibility to score as many goals as he can. The passes from teammates will be mainly distributed towards him. He has to make things happen.