Despite remaining the highest scoring team in the Premier League, 102 goals in 38 rounds, Man City failed to defend their title for the simple reason that they lacked depth in defence and their best centre-back, Laporte, missed 22 games injured. The title was probably lost as early as late August when Laporte was seriously injured in round 4 and missed the next 17 matches. In his absence City never looked comfortable defensively.
Going forward the Sky Blues remained ruthless and very effective with Aguero, Sterling, Jesus and De Bruyne having memorable campaigns. Aguero became City’s all-time top goalscorer, Jesus had his first 20+ goal season, Sterling his first 30+ goal season and De Bruyne equalled the Premier League’s record for most assists in single campaign.
The lack of defensive depth proved the main weakness, with midfielder Fernandinho definitely not comfortable in role despite his best efforts. The other weakness was in head-to-head matches vs title rivals – City lost both Manchester derbies, only exchanged wins vs Chelsea and Liverpool and also earned just 1 point in 2 games vs Tottenham.
Despite the huge fee paid for him last summer, Joao Cancelo failed to impress in his first year in England. That said Rodri, Gundogan and Foden deserve praise and City have by far the strongest midfield line in the league right now.
Hungry for titles and with Guardiola deciding to extend his stay at the club, City will definitely want top spot next term. The fact that City have by far the best squad depth should also play into their hands in what will undoubtedly be a COVID-affected 2020/21 season.