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Title Challengers Analysis: Manchester City

  • Title Challengers Analysis: Manchester City
  • Title Challengers Analysis: Manchester City
  • Title Challengers Analysis: Manchester City

Ins: Enes Unal (£3m), Raheem Sterling (£49m), Fabian Delph (£8m)

Outs: Milner (free), Richards (free), Sinclair (£2.5m), Lampard (free), Boyata (£2m), Rekik (£3.5m), Guidetti (free), Jovetic (£14m)

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Dangerman: Aguero

Prediction: 1st

I think one more signing will be enough for City to reclaim the Premier League title this year, but much like Mourinho, Pellegrini is relying heavily on his South American hitman to propel them to the top. Sergio Aguero needs to be in fine form right from the off for City, his goals have kept them in the hunt for the last four years and without him they’d have been way off the pace.

Despite the price tag, Sterling will also have a major role to play in where the trophy ends up come May. He showed against Roma what he can do, scoring two minutes into his debut. His impact at Liverpool had the world of football on the edge of their seats, and playing alongside Yaya Toure and David Silva can only further the young Englishman’s development.

Pellegrini will need a big season from his captain after an out of sorts season last year, but will need even more from whomever he decides his partner is. City conceded too many points last season through sloppy defending, and it looks like the Chilean isn’t willing to spend in that area after sanctioning a big fee for Eliquim Mangala last summer. Young Jason Denayer might get his chance at some point, with Demichelis, now 34, likely to play a rotation role this season.

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