Year Formed

1894

Stadium

Etihad Stadium

Capacity

55,097
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2013/14

Arguably, 2013/14 was the best for the club as incoming coach Manuel Pellegrini delivered a double of the Premiership and the League Cup. It was a season that showed City could survive a challenge by both Liverpool and Chelsea, and the first time the League Cup had been won by the Citizens since 1976. Their attacking lineup was on fire that season with Yaya Toure (20), Sergio Aguero (17) and Edin Dzeko (15) all keeping the blue half of Manchester singing.

 

How they fared last season

Fixture congestion plagued City, falling off top place in the last few months. While they managed to pick up the League Cup after extra-time against Liverpool, and were a goal away from a Champions League final, domestically they never really looked the goods. When $110m signing Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out for three months in January it pretty much ended their title tilt, and news of Pellegrini’s replacement, Pep Guardiola, coming in this season coincided with the start of their decline.

71
number of goals
scored last season
41
number of goals
conceded last season
0
red cards
61
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

City have one of the most irrepressible attacking outfits in the competition in Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kelechi Iheanacho and Kevin De Bruyne.

City have enough attacking talent to put a game away and new signings Oleksandr Zinchenko, Nolito and İlkay Gündoğan will make any defence quiver.

Then there’s the Pep factor... Guardiola will accept nothing but the best from his new players after successful stints at Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

 

Weaknesses

Fixture clogging will again be an issue for City fans, which was one reason they turned down joining the revamped EFL trophy – they simply don’t have time. City will have at least one European tie to contend with which can test the depth and mettle of any squad. With Premier League, Champions League, League and FA Cups to juggle, Pep Guardiola could potentially face a 60+ game season.

 

Formations

Guardiola at Bayern was known to play an attacking 4-3-3 with Gotze and Douglas Costa pushed up and wide although dabbled with a 4-2-3-1 and 4-2-2-2 at times. But the Premier League is a whole different breed of monster, and it will be interesting to see just how the Spaniard plays his Manchester City side.

 

Star Player

Sergio Aguero.

Kun has devastated Premier League defences for the last four years.

Scoring an outrageous 102 goals in 150 games, Aguero is still only 28 – and the Argentine looks like he will only get better.

With 29 netbusters last season in all competitions, he may reach yet another level under Pep’s guidance.

 

Pep Guardiola

Manager

After trying to snare the Spaniard from Barcelona four years earlier, City Football Group finally got their man.

The Spaniard wasted no time putting his stamp on the squad, bringing in even more attacking talent, and if the manager’s history of intelligent, attacking, tiki-taka football can translate onto English pitches, the Premier League might be in for a shock.