The reigning champions look even stronger for the coming season and look set to retain their crown
Manchester City are the team to beat this season if anyone hopes to win his crown in the Premier League.
After stepping up to the title last quarter, the reigning champions have strengthened their squad again and are definitely favorites to reach the title at -160, very far from Liverpool and Chelsea in the joint second.
Pep Guardiola will want to claim his fourth title in six seasons in England’s top class, and history is on his side – only twice in seven attempts has a Guardiola team not retained his league title.
His team will enter a new season again and look stronger than last time, with the British £ 100 million record of Jack Grealish strengthening an attack that surpassed all in the country last year.
City’s leading 60% average possession per 90 minutes last season was very far from second-placed Liverpool (54%) last season, but their complete dominance of the ball regularly causes teams to defend in large numbers and challenge Pep’s team to ‘ to find a way.
“[He] control the pace, ”Guardiola said. “I like it when he has the ball, he stops in front of the dribble and the opponent stops too. He controls the pace as he accelerates and decelerates.
‘We believe he will be perfect for us and for the age, quality and that he is English. I’m sure he’s going to be an incredible player for the national team, and we’re delighted to have him with us.
The Englishman’s creativity will also leave a bit of a burden on Kevin De Bruyne, City’s creative backer, who led the league last season and was only second to Harry Kane as an assistant.
However, Grealish was almost equal with De Bruyne in both of these stats and even in the course of the campaign created another chance as the latter’s 81.
“Kevin De Bruyne is my favorite player,” Grealish revealed. “He’s probably the most perfect footballer in the Premier League.
“Even though I had a good season last year, my big chances were not as big as other people in my position. I think now my expected assistance and the big chances I created are also there. So that was what I wanted to improve, and it was clear because he was watching De Bruyne, watching his game and what he was doing. “
City will certainly have no problem creating chances, no matter how many defenders are waiting against them – but if Sergio Aguero has now left the club, who will score the goals?
Despite City scoring ten times more goals than their next scorers, Manchester United, last season, only midfielder Ilkay Gundogan appeared in the top 10 of the Premier League’s top scores with 13 points.
City will look into addressing this by bringing in the man who was on the list, Harry Kane. If the English international joins Grealish at City, Pep’s side will look unstoppable, especially if they are good enough to stop the opposition.
The champions not only outscored everyone this past quarter, but they also conceded the fewest goals, and their common defense conceded only 32 goals throughout the season. City are undoubtedly the team to beat.