5) Rivals yet to impress
While Manchester City are taking the Premier League by storm, their rivals in Europe are yet to impress in the same manner. PSG demonstrated their fine quality thrashing Bayern; however, a string of poor performances have exposed their flaws. The Parisians were outplayed in the reverse leg against Heynckes’ Bayern, and the manner of the defeat will need some time to recuperate from. Bayern have only now found their feet under Hynenckes, while on the other hand, Zidane is yet to find ways to rejuvenate Real Madrid’s poor campaign. City’s closest competitors are Barca, who despite their performances this season, face a tricky tie against Chelsea in the knockout stages. If Barca were to be eliminated by the Blues, City’s path to glory would become much easier.
4) Strength in Numbers
A lot has been spoken of Manchester City’s deadly attacking lineup with the likes of Sane, Jesus and De Bruyne virtually outplaying the opponents in each and every game. Any other team on the planet would hope to avoid injuries in order to continue their performances, for example, Spurs have regularly struggled when Kane gets injured. However, for City, the likes of Aguero can replace Jesus while Bernardo Silva, Monaco’s top performer last season, is still warming the bench. Moreover, the likes of Mangala and Gundogan, too, are good enough to come on from the bench and make a difference to the City squad. As the season gets more intensive, City’s squad strength will play a huge role as they look to win a prestigious treble.
3) Young team
Among many flaws of Manchester City last season was their ageing squad. Pep Guardiola’s intense training methods were bound to take its toll on the squad and for City that got even more problematic given the average age of the side. For all their experience, the likes of Zabaleta, Kolarov, Clichy could not reach the expected levels. City went into this summer with a firm aim of rebuilding their backline. Now with Walker, Danilo and Mendy in the team, the team is full of energetic and fitter players, who have responded to Guardiola’s methods with supreme aplomb.
2) Ambitious hierarchy
The foundations for Pep Guardiola weren’t set at City overnight; it was the process of more than a couple of years. The club’s hierarchy were determined to bring the Barcelona culture to the club, having developed a 200millon youth academy, while also bringing in the sporting director from Barcelona. Moreover, in the last few seasons, the club have been bringing in players who are technically good and would slot in seamlessly under the possession-based football. With such massive support, Guardiola has all the time in the world to experiment with the team and bring the glory to the Etihad.
1) Pep Guardiola
The Spaniard has well and truly stamped his authority on the English game. After revolutionising the playing style at Barcelona and then Bayern, many were cynical about his ability to do the same in English football. However, a season later, and we are witnessing some of the best football the Premier league has ever seen. His tactical astuteness has regularly made a difference. City have visited the likes of Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford and outplayed the opposition. Therefore, the city fans will not be afraid of playing any top European side given that they have the best manager in recent years in their ranks.