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2021/2022

Manchester City

In


Transfers In: Jack Grealish (mid) Aston Villa; Scott Carson (gk) Derby; Arijanet Muric (gk) Willem II – end of loan; Daniel Arzani (att) Aarhus GF – end of loan; Yangel Herrera (mid) Granada – end of loan; Ko Itakura (def) Groningen– end of loan

Out


Transfers Out: Angeliño (mid) RB Leipzig – loan made permanent; Jack Harrison (att) Leeds – loan made permanent; Lukas Nmecha (att) Wolfsburg; Sergio Agüero (att) released; Eric García (def) released; Ryotaro Meshino (att) Estoril Praia - on loan; Arijanet Muric (gk) Adana Demirspor – loan

Following a slow start to last season, Manchester City bounced back and went on a staggering 19-game unbeaten run in the Premier League to clinch the title with three matches to go. Pep Guardiola’s side came close to winning the much-coveted quadruple, but they were eliminated at the hands of Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals and failed to beat Thomas Tuchel’s men in the Champions League final. Boasting last term’s Manager of the season in Guardiola, Player of the season in Ruben Dias and Young player of the season in Phil Foden, City also saw as many as six of their players being named in the PFA Team of the Year. City parted ways with club legend Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona along with Eric Garcia, after their contracts expired. Their only signings for the time being are back-up goalkeeper Scott Carson, and Grealish, but they are looking to sign a world-class striker to further strengthen their squad. The Sky Blues really don’t have many weaknesses and their only worry would be whether their fringe players can deliver when the team will compete for all four trophies and will need them the most in the crucial period between January and March. Four of their seven opening fixtures will be against Tottenham, Arsenal, Leicester City and Liverpool, but even if City get off to a slow start again, they demonstrated last season that they have what it takes to turn things around.

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After reaching their first ever Champions League final but failing to lift the trophy, all City’s efforts are expected to go in that direction. However, their spine remains essentially the same, they've signed Premier League star Grealish and they have the depth to go all the way both in all competitions.

Season Review
2020/2021

Champions: Manchester City

Strong form between December and March saw Man City reclaiming their domestic title with ease and also lifting record-breaking fourth consecutive League Cup trophy. But ultimately the season ended in disappointment as they once again failed to win the competition they really want – the Champions League! The main summer signing was centre-back Dias. The late end to the previous campaign had a negative impact on the early displays. Only 5 wins in the opening 12 league matches meant that come mid-December City were outside the top 10. This was when City flourished with a run of 21 consecutive wins in all competitions - 14 of those in the Premier League. Gundogan was massive during this run as he scored lots of goals, created many others and made injury absences of both De Bruyne and Aguero go unnoticed. By mid-March City had secured the domestic title as their lead in the Premier League was decisive, but this lack of motivation with months left backfired late on. Come late April City still dreamed of a quadruple, but then Chelsea got in their way. In the space of a month Guardiola was outsmarted 3 times by Chelsea’s coach Tuchel and 2 of those 3 defeats were very painful. City were eliminated by Chelsea in the FA Cup semis and then in their last game of the season they also lost the Champions League final. Winning the Champions League remains the main priority and City are likely to strengthen their ranks in the off-season now with Guardiola extending his stay. Next season will be all about triumphing in Europe. This could see the domestic matches left a bit neglected in 2021/22.


Player of the Season: Ilkay Gundogan

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