Before a ball was kicked this season, most observers felt Manchester City had by far the strongest squad in the Premier League, an assertion that appeared accurate throughout much of the first half of the campaign.
However, as the season has progressed, and with City continuing in four competitions up until the beginning of March, it became less and less clear whether, in fact, they did possess as much strength in depth as many felt.
It seems they rely on a core of world-class players, and if one or more of that group are unavailable, they suddenly look vulnerable.
With that in mind, City will be looking to add quality to their ranks again this summer, as Txiki Begiristain and Manuel Pellegrini collaborate and draw up a list of of targets. Here, we take a look at the five areas City most need to strengthen.