A Citizen Abroad : 2014/15 Season Preview

After a very long hiatus, I am back to talk to everyone about the upcoming season for the CHAMPIONS, Manchester City! So, let’s get into this thing. As opposed to some long winded post (like I normally do), I will attempt to streamline this one, and just give you the meat and potatoes.

Who’s new? Who’s gone?

Players IN Players OUT
Willy Caballero

GK

Malaga

Gareth Barry

CDM

Everton

Eliaquim Mangala

CB

Porto

Joleon Lescott

CB

West Brom

Fernando

CDM

Porto

Costel Pantilimon

GK

Sunderland

Bruno Zuculini

CM

Racing

Karim Rekik

CB

Loan to PSV

Bacary Sagna

RB

Arsenal

Emyr Huws

CM

Loan to Wigan

Frank Lampard

CM

Loan from New York City

Marcos Lopes

CAM

Loan to Lille

 

Who could challenge us for the title?

Chelsea

With Jose Mourinho entering his second season back at the club, he has been able to open the war chest and bring in some quality players. I don’t expect them to change their style drastically, so expect plenty of bus parking, but I do think that they will be much faster on the counter and will try to catch teams out on the break. Mourinho has brought in Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, and allowed Thibaut Courtois to stay at the club. This means that in midfield they are very deep, and in defense/goal they will have plenty of experience and talent to shut down most clubs in the Premier League. I fully expect them to pick up plenty of points by winning matches 1-0 and having less than 50% possession. I don’t see them dropping many points this season, unless they get hit by an injury bug or Mourinho makes too many people mad.

Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers has sold racist cannibal striker Luiz Suarez, and has spent the money from that transfer to try and strengthen his squad so that they can compete on four fronts. The Scousers are coming off one of the better seasons in the club’s recent history, but this season they will have to cope with being back in the Champions League. While they have bought half of Southampton, along with some other players, two questions still remain. Can Liverpool succeed without Suarez? And, can Liverpool compete on four fronts? We know that they will still play a very attacking style of football, but should a few players get injured, I’m not so sure that style will be as potent. This season should tell us whether or not the bin dippers are back.

Arsenal

I guess Arsene Wenger has finally decided that if you can’t beat them, join them, because he has finally decided to spend some money. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect he’s been told that if they don’t win a major trophy, he may be on the way out. He has added some players in defense and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. What Arsenal lacks in the defensive depth, they more than make up for in quick, creative, attacking players. As always, we have to ask if Arsenal can keep the pedal down for the entire season. The last few years we have seen them start like a house on fire, but fall off towards the end of the season. Some of this is down to injuries to key players, the rest seems to be down to the players forgetting how to defend. If they can stay healthy, and they can be consistent from August to May, I think Arsenal could definitely be around come the end of the season.

 

What should be considered a successful season for City?

For me, I think that we need to win at least one domestic trophy (preferably the Premier League), and a quarter or semi-final run in the Champions League. While I do believe that we will be competing for the Champions League trophy soon, I don’t think it’ll be this year. Not that I don’t think our squad isn’t strong enough, I just have a feeling about it I guess.

Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to bring you more (hopefully somewhat decent) content this season!!

The Citizen Abroad

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Joey McCune

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