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Final Result of 2010-2011 Season: Finished third in the Premier League; earned automatic berth in Champions League group stage with Top Three finish
Won FA Cup final 1-0 over Stoke City
Eliminated on a 2-1 aggregate score by Dynamo Kiev in Europa League last 16
Incoming Players: Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Stefan Savic (Partizan Belgrade), Sergio Agüero (Atletico Madrid) and Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara).
Departing Players: Shaleum Logan (Brentford), Scott Kay (Macclesfield Town), David Gonzalez (Aberdeen), Donald McDermott (Huddersfeld Town), Andrew Tutte (Rochdale), Benjamin Mee (Burnley), Shay Given (Aston Villa), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Jo (Internacional), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Michael Johnson (Leicester City) and Ryan McGivern (Crystal Palace).
Key Players: Joe Hart, David Silva and Mario Balotelli
Positives: After several years of excessive spending, Manchester City have finally qualified for the Champions League thanks in large part to a fantastic overall season from its entire squad.
City look like they are going to be a legitimate contender in the Champions League and their profile certainly will continue to rise.
Negatives: Reaching the Champions League usually can be a burden for sides that have never reached it before in England and it is foreseeable that the same will happen for Man City this year.
City also will continue to have questionable defending and see lost points to sides that they should not lose to despite having a top goalkeeper in Joe Hart.
What I think will happen: Manchester City will have a deep run in the Champions League, which will hurt City long enough that they will miss out on qualifying for the Champions League again.
City will finish south of the fourth spot by only a few points but their mid-season form will prove to be the difference between the Champions League and the Europa League.