Manchester City: 5 Changes Manuel Pellegrini Must Incorporate to Be Successful
With Manchester United and Chelsea both changing their manager this summer, Manuel Pellegrini's arrival at Manchester City has been relatively unheralded. The media spotlight has focused on the return of Jose Mourinho and the rise of David Moyes.
However, Pellegrini is set to oversee a minor revolution at Manchester City. His task is simple: reclaim the Premier League title, and turn City in to a continental force.
Go on to the next slide to see the first of five changes Pellegrini must make to be a success in England.
Introduce More Width
All too often, Roberto Mancini's Manchester City team lacked natural width. Mancini signed both Adam Johnson and Scott Sinclair but seemed reluctant to use either of the English wide men on a regular basis.
Pellegrini has moved to remedy the situation by acquiring Spanish flier Jesus Navas from Sevilla.
Pellegrini typically favours a 4-2-2-2 formation with two wide playmakers drifting inside. However, the option of Navas enables the manager to change things up and introduce a pure winger to stretch the opposition defence with speed and trickery.
Roberto Mancini spent much of last season trying to introduce an ill-fated 3-5-2 formation.
It was a system that was ineffective on the field and unpopular among the squad. Defender Micah Richards told Sky Sports (h/t ESPN):
It is something that we've not worked on a lot. We're used to a straight four and it's twice we've gone to a back five and conceded, but the manager likes it and if we want to do well we're going to have to work on it a little bit more.
The players just want to play. It's a hard system because we're not used to it but I think the players prefer a 4-4-2 but he's the manager and we do what he says.
Pellegrini used a back four at Malaga. In order to keep his players happy and his defence stable, he will need to do the same in Manchester.
Liberate Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure's versatility is sometimes his downfall. He is Manchester City's strongest player in both the holding and attacking midfield positions.
However, he is at his devastating best when liberated to run at opposition defenders.
The signing of Fernandinho should allow Manuel Pellegrini to release Yaya Toure to wreak havoc further up the field.
Find the Ideal Partner for Sergio Aguero
Pellegrini has demonstrated a preference to play with a front two throughout his managerial career, so he is unlikely to field Aguero as a lone striker.
Manchester City have added Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic to their ranks this summer. Pellegrini must choose Aguero's partner from the burly pair of Edin Dzeko and Negredo or the more technical Jovetic.
Lose the Deadwood
Although Manchester City have added four exciting new signings to the squad, there is still a lot of deadwood to be cut out.
The likes of Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Gareth Barry and Scott Sinclair could all be moved on before the start of the season.
If Pellegrini is able to sort the wheat from the chaff, he will have a lean, talented squad capable of challenging for the 2013/14 Premier League title.