Manchester City will have some big hurdles to navigate while trying to retain the EPL title this season.
The Citizens will have to contend with revamped opposition, possible problems within their own squad and a long season in their quest for a title repeat.
City has only brought in Jack Rodwell to the side, and while the English youngster has plenty potential and should add to the depth, he does not bring any championship experience, nor is he currently better than any City player in his position.
With the talent already at the club's disposal, that may not be a problem though. The club won its first game against Southampton in dramatic fashion, almost in a similar manner to their last-gasp victory over QPR last season in fact.
Here are the biggest hurdles for Manchester City this season.