Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City was on another level in 2017/18, finishing 19 points clear of closest rivals Manchester United. The Blues broke various top-flight records last season, including most points (100) in a 38-game campaign, most goals scored (106), and the record for consecutive victories (18).
The Blues will be well fancied to defend their Premier League crown next season and plenty of punters have already tipped Guardiola’s men to retain the title. Based on last year’s form alone, the likes of United, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur will have a tough job stopping City in their pursuit of a second successive top-flight triumph.
Defensively, City is much improved these days and it starts with Ederson Moraes. A safe pair of hands between the sticks, Ederson has matured into a fantastic shot-stopper and he is still just 24 years old. Arguably the second-best goalkeeper in England’s top flight, Ederson could give City the edge in close contests in 2018/19.
The City boss is looking to build a dynasty at the Etihad Stadium and he could go down in history as the greatest manager in the club’s history if the Blues continue to sparkle at the top of English football.
United and Liverpool have acted quickly in the summer transfer window in a desperate bid to close the gap to City at the top of the table. The Red Devils have signed Brazil midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk whilst Liverpool have acquired Fabinho and Naby Keita ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. City has no real need to invest heavily this summer and Pep will be looking forward to watching the World Cup.
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Gabriel Jesus will lead the line for Brazil at the World Cup this summer and most supporters believe that he could be Guardiola’s first-choice striker next season. Sergio Aguero has been a fantastic servant for City in recent years but it may be time for a change. Jesus has enjoyed a prolific start to his Etihad Stadium career, notching 20 goals and seven assists in 39 league games in the famous blue jersey.
Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva will once again pull the strings for City in midfield; Pep is a big fan of both players and Guardiola’s system will revolve around these two stars. City fans will be expecting to retain the Premier League title given their dominance this campaign but retaining the crown is always tougher than winning it the first time. England’s elite club teams will be gunning for City next season.
A second successive Premier League title has to be City’s main objective in 2018/19. It is hard to back against the Blues on recent efforts and plenty of punters will be siding with Pep Guardiola’s side. Backing against City would be foolish; this is THEIR era and it could be the start of something very special indeed at the Etihad Stadium.