Premier League Review 16/17: Manchester City

Man City’s Final Premier League Position: 3rd

This Premier League Review sees Manchester City’s season assessed, ultimately it is one they will be slightly disappointed with.

The noisy neighbours came into the season on the back of a fourth-placed finish, narrowly finishing above Manchester United.

It was a season that finally saw Pep Guardiola grace the City dugout, with the serial winner highly coveted by the City owners.

To secure Guardiola’s signature was a coup, with the Spaniard winning everything during stints with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The style of play was the biggest attraction, with City looking to reach the pinnacle and secure a Champions League trophy.

This season was always going to be tough, with Guardiola pitting his wits against the likes of Wenger, Klopp, Mourinho, Conte and Mauricio Pochettino.

Ultimately though it is a season without silverware and no further progression in Europe, the first of Guardiola’s career.

Great Start

Pep Guardiola’s side made an unbeaten start to the season, winning their opening eleven matches, a club record.

August and September were great months for City, they were unbeaten domestically and in Europe.

October was where it began to unravel, they won just one fixture and that was in the last week against West Brom.

Ultimately their Champions League campaign ended in disappointment, they were beaten in the last 16 by Monaco (6-6 on aggregate).

Guardiola’s side won their last four successive matches in the Premier League, they lost six games all season.

They finished 15 points behind Antonio Conte’s side, they are the first side to do the domestic double over Pep.

Cup Run

Manchester City also progressed to the Semi-Final’s of the FA Cup this season, losing 2-1 to eventual winners Arsenal.

Guardiola will be expected to win a trophy next season, ultimately City’s goals will be winning the Premier League & Champions League.

Ultimately for Guardiola and his men it has been a season of near misses, they will be highly competitive next year.

Top Stats

Sergio Aguero was City’s top scorer this season, with the Argentinian scoring 20 goals.

Kevin de Bruyne was City’s top assister this season, with the Belgian enjoying 18 assists.

Fernandinho had an excellent season in central midfield, completing 2,180 passes and 82 tackles.

Nicolas Ottamendi had a fine season, winning 69 tackles, 117 aerial battles, 190 clearances and crucially 84 interceptions.

Their final points tally was 78, that was 12 points better than last season and a position higher.

The emergence of Gabriel de Jesus and Leroy Sane, as well as the improved performance of Raheem Sterling will give City cause for optimism.

Transfer Speculation

Guardiola has wasted no time in adding to his side, adding more quality to his side in key areas.

They have already signed Bernado Silva from Monaco for £43 million and goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica.

City have typically been linked with a number of players, with the likes of Dani Alves and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

They have also been linked with Virgil Van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Betting Tips

To win the 17/18 Premier League outright @ 7/4

A Top Four Finish @ 1/6

To win the UEFA Champions League 17/18 @ 12/1