Last Years Title Can Pave The Way
Manchester City hadn't celebrated an English First Division title since the 1967-68 season, well before the English Premier League days. With just three top-tier league titles to their name, City has everything they need to be successful in the future.
At times they say success will follow success and that may be the case for City. Last season they played with an incredible amount of pressure on them due to the investment they have made as of late. When you bring in top-notch players, you will be expected to win titles, and that's what City needs to do.
Apart from the EPL, they had a good run in the Europa League until they were defeated on aggregate to Sporting CP. This season they will take part in the Champions League and they do have the talent to make a name for themselves on the European stage. In the upcoming campaign, City will be able to play with more confidence and less pressure which could be a very good thing for Roberto Mancini's side.
Not having to play with the thought of 'needing' to win or get criticized is now somewhat out the window with last years title, and should now allow the players to relax on and off the pitch.
An Elite Squad Offers Them A Chance of Victory Every Game
It almost seems unfair that a defensive minded coach like Mancini has a plethora of offensive weapons at his disposal. While it is often said that defense wins championships, well offense can facilitate things as well.
Last season City not only led the league in goals scored, but they also led the league in the least amount of goals conceded. With only 29 goals against all season, they can thank their star-studded back line, as well as their English goalkeeper Joe Hart. The England number one proved his ability to be one of the best in the world with some of his performances last season. Whether he is in between the posts or coming out to meet a cross, he has put himself on an elite stage where not many goalkeepers his age make it.
With a chance to play in the Champions League this coming season, Hart will once again get the chance to prove why he is considered one of the best.
Another fundamental piece to the defensive puzzle at the City of Manchester Stadium is without a doubt, Vincent Kompany. The Belgian's size allows him to set the tone in the Citizens back line while still being able to contribute offensively when given the chance. Having to be defended by him is a nightmare while on set pieces, his physicality makes things just as difficult for opposing defenders.
Being able to prepare the upcoming season with the same personnel as last year will make things easier for the City back four. They won't have to worry about any new faces or waiting for a player to adapt to their defensive style. Although it may seem far-fetched, a defensive repeat of last years season could be very possible for City in the 2012/13 season.
Simplicity, offense, defense and endurance are just a few keywords to describe one of City's MVP's of last season. Yaya Toure arrived at Manchester City with high expectations considering what he had achieved at Barcelona and boy did he live up to those expectations. In 43 appearances in all competitions, Toure contributed 13 goals, with 10 coming in the Premier League. Not bad for a player that wouldn't be considered one of the more dangerous offensive players for City.
For a player his size, his pace with and without the ball at his feet is incredible. His slalom runs through the midfield were just one of his many contributions last season. For the new season, having already had a taste for the EPL, Toure should be able to have another positive season considering all the talent he has around him.
Joining the English Premier League and scoring 30 goals is not an easy task, but Kun Aguero accomplished that last season. It took all of nine minutes in his first appearance for City to score his first goal for the club and he never looked back. Along with 23 goals in the Premier League, Aguero also put together 10 assists.
Since his professional career began, Aguero's goal total for a single season was 27 while with Atletico Madrid until he broke that record last year with City. He enjoyed success in his first season and may well continue that success throughout his City career. Adding five goals and two assists in the Europa League was also a big help, but this season he can look forward to the Champions League where the competition may become more difficult.
His second season should bring him more success considering he's already written his name in the history book after helping claim the EPL title last season with nearly the last kick of the season. Although teams will be more aware of what he is capable of, not many will be able to stop him, especially when you take into consideration all the other talent he has around him that could cause problems.
The Spanish international has been an assist machine since joining City in 2010. After only managing six goals and 15 assists in his first season in the EPL, his second season was almost like a coming out party for Silva. Eight goals and 22 assists later, he was celebrating the title through the streets of Manchester with his teammates.
How do you stop someone with his foot skills and ability to avoid defenders on any given day? Well you don't, you just hope he doesn't find the back of the net. His low center of gravity and pace allows him to almost glide across the field while these tall lanky defenders are chasing him in an attempt to somehow dispossess him.
With an already in place offensive system at Manchester City, the upcoming season could be yet another statement year for the Spanish midfielder.
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