Manchester City: 2012-13 Premier League Preview

Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini: “This year will be harder because, when you win, the problem is to win again. For this reason, I think that we need to improve our team, with maybe some new players.”

It’s perplexing sometimes listening to Roberto Mancini this summer transfer window whining and moaning about a dearth of new signings walking past the corridors of the Etihad stadium considering the fact that his squad is the envy of other Premier League managers. But if you look deeply though, I think you will realise that Manchester City are just about short in central defence and no wonder they have been all over Liverpool’s Daniel Agger all summer and I think they will most probably get the job done before the end of the transfer window. Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott’s partnership was very impressive last term but with the untested Savic and sometimes unreliable Kolo Toure the other options available to Roberto Mancini, you can’t help but feel things will go wrong if either or both of the Belgian and Englishman were out of the side.

Manchester City’s midfield is as good as it can get. Jack Rodwell has been brought in but you can’t help but ask why? Most probably for the depth he’ll provide. They have two of the League’s best in David Silva and Yaya Toure who on their day will tear the best defences into shreds in a blink of an eye.

Manchester City’s attack is by far the most talented in the whole of the England. Sergio Aguero – Carlos Tevez – Mario Balotelli – Edin Dzeko make up the attacking quartet. These four will probably walk into every other Premier League team’s Starting-XI but sadly they will have to fight for only two spots. Carlos Tevez has netted 56 goals in
98 games for City since his move across Manchester, the Argentine will no doubt be a key asset for Mancini this term. Along with Sergio Aguero who claimed the title-winning goal the last term, goals, definitely won’t be hard to come by for Manchester City.

Manchester City looks all set and ready to defend their Premier League crown but will the desire to go as far as possible in the Uefa Champions League take their eyes off the big prize in the Premier League? We wait to find out.

OctopusSaxy’s Verdict: My Premier League Champions-elect. This team’s number one quality is the continuity they have enjoyed. Roberto Mancini and Vincent Kompany signing long-term contracts is the best bit of business Manchester City has done this summer. They will take some stopping, for me only Manchester City can stop Manchester City.