Let’s clear away the bad news for Manchester City: as it stands, this will be the seventh and final season of Pep Guardiola’s trophy-filled time at the club.
It will be a relief for the rest of the Premier League to see the back of a coach taking English football to new levels of excellence in his longer than expected time at City.
Now for all the good news.
City’s return for the new Premier League season, which begins on Friday, as defending champions, has to beat the team once again and is reinforced by the signing of one of the best players in the world.,
Erling Haaland, a 22-year-old Norway striker who was prolific in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and has also broken multiple Champions League scoring records, is the marquee takeover of a wild offseason transfer dealing in the Premier League. Big, strong, fast and a prolific finisher, Haaland is regarded as a generational talent and the squad City had one department’s smallest – don’t forget, City essentially played the league last season without playing a recognized striker. had won,
South America’s most highly rated young forward, Julian Alvarez, and England’s defensive midfielder Calvin Phillips are one of the common replacements for the late former captain Fernandinho.
With City also expected to bring in a left-back, Guardiola has a spirited team at his disposal to bid for his fifth league title in seven seasons at the Etihad Stadium, even though Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Alexander Zinchenko’s off-season departure. Deprive the team of some experienced and high-quality backups.
Is this asking too much for another 100-point season?
With Aston Villa in the 1890s, Arsenal in the 1930s, Liverpool in the 1970s and 80s and Manchester United in the 1990s and early 2000s, City are already one of the most influential periods of success in English football history. is enjoying.
Rich in the wealth of its owners in Abu Dhabi, it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon, especially as Guardiola is still around.
“This is my seventh year – I didn’t expect that when we arrived,” he said. “This club is, for the future, the standard. We all have to fight to keep it up.”
Not that the rest of the Premier League has given up on the chase.
This offseason – without the disruption of any major men’s international tournaments – has been one of the busiest and biggest spenders for some time, with around $1.2 billion believed to be spent on players’ income in the Premier League.
Spending seems to have returned to pre-pandemic levels and every major club signed, most of whom have strengthened their attacks.
In addition to City from Holland, Liverpool signed Uruguay striker Darwin Nez from Benfica for 75 million euros ($78 million); Chelsea signed England forward Sterling from Man City for £47.5 million ($56.5 million); Tottenham signed Everton Brazil forward Richardson for £50m ($60m); And Arsenal signed Brazilian striker Jesus from City for 45 million pounds ($54 million).
Arsenal have spent the most – around $130 million – while Leicester have not spent a single amount, not even signing a single one.
The problem for clubs chasing City is the total number of points Guardiola’s teams have scored in their title-winning seasons: 100 in 2017-18, 98 in 2018-19, 86 in 2020-21 (two after winning the title). losing the game), and 93 in 2021-22.
Only Liverpool have been able to stay with City and are in the best position for any club to do so again, even with the departure of Sadio Mane. robs manager Jurgen Klopp of a key component of the Reds’ success in recent years.
Much depends on how Nunez settles in place of Mane. His four goals against Leipzig in the preseason, plus another goal in the Community Shield win over City On Saturday, suggests he might hit the ground running.
Chelsea appear to be in a state of flux at the start of the post-Roman Abramovich era – with new ownership, big-name departures in Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Rudiger, and manager Thomas Tuchel unhappy with the preseason mentality of his squad – so It is Arsenal and Antonio Conte’s chance for Tottenham to close the gap on their London rival.
Arsenal, in particular, have had some excellent pre-season results, beating Chelsea 4-0 and Sevilla 6-0.
Who knows how Manchester United, the record 20-time English champions, will fare with their latest manager, Erik ten HagoNew to English football and looking for Cristiano Ronaldo to go into the season, Amid questions about his future, Ronaldo played 45 minutes into a 1-1 draw against Rio Vallecano in a friendly at Old Trafford on Sunday.
What about entering the elite of Newcastle or Aston Villa? Newcastle is overflowing with cash from Saudi Arabia and building up an orderly, if less spectacular, look as some would have expected of a club with the world’s richest owners.
Villa are in their first full season under Steven Gerrard, playing an England great who has made an impressive start to life as a manager, and appears to have been well-bought in this offseason, especially in the high Category French midfielder Boubacar Kamara.
In each of the last two seasons, two of the three promoted clubs have been relegated immediately. This year, they are Fulham, Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest, historically a big name in English football that has returned to the top division for the first time since 1999.
It could be even more difficult for promoted clubs to maintain their place in the lucrative Premier League as they go about building squads capable of running through the season.
This is because teams have the ability to make five substitutions per game. From this season on, England became in line with the rest of Europe of late.
It is expected that deep squads like City and Liverpool will favor big clubs.
As if they needed more help.
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