4 Positions Manchester City Have Improved to Take the Title
With the season already starting Manchester City has bolstered most aspects of their team. Often compared to the New York Yankees of the Premier League being able to buy many players, City stayed true to fashion and upgraded most of the holes in hopes that they will finally be able to hoist the trophy at the end of the season as Premier League Champions.
City looks to have a great year and with a team that looks very good on paper they hope that they can translate this assembly of great players into goals on the pitch. Manchester City, who has struggled to make it to the finals with the great teams they have been able to build, look to fill all the holes of last season.
City has a golden glove winner in net along with a boosted defense that has been strengthen through the addition of some younger players. City's midfield looks very good and with the addition of another player that they hope to get sometime in the near future City will be able to spread teams thin with talent. In the forward position, City hope to have veteran striker to return and lead the offense with his fellow Argentinean.
New Keeper, Joe Hart
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Manchester City keeper Joe Hart as quickly and swiftly taken on the role of starting keeper for City. Hart is also the keeper for England's national team in the 2010 World Cup.
After losing his starting spot to Shay Given and leaving on loan to Birmingham City Hart returned to City in glorious fashion. Not was Hart nominated for 2010 PFA Young Player of the Year Award but he also broke the club's record for most clean sheets which was previously held by Nicky Weaver. At the closing of the season Hart was also awarded the Barclays Golden Glove for most clean sheets, beating out previous winners Petr Cech of Chelsea F.C. and Edwin Van Der Sar of Manchester United.
Look for Hart to have a great season that will help propel Manchester City into the finals that they have long awaited.
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Manchester City's defense should hold up against the best opponents this season. With Kolo Toure's suspension for taking a diet pill ending in September and Joleon Lescott showing more consistency which will allow him to fill in at left back. Both sides will have more depth which City was able to make by adding young defenseman Stefan Savic and Arsenal back Gael Clichy. With the loss of Jerome Boateng, City will look to Belgian Captain Vincent Kompany to provide stability.
Last season Manchester City tied with Chelsea in the fewest goals conceded, by only allowing 33 goals. With the addition of Hart in net look for City's defense to be very strong. Don't expect to see many goals on them this season.
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Manchester City has not made many changes to their midfield. With a dominant trio of Yaya Toure, Gareth Barry, and Nigel de Jong holding down the middle the only problem that City may run into is lack of creativity.
That could all change over the course of the transfer period though, Manchester City has been unrelenting in their pursuit of Samir Nasri of Arsenal. With Arsenal head coach unsure of the status on Nasri and Manchester City continually putting pressure on Arsenal for him City fans may see Nasri in City colors soon. This would strengthen the already strong City midfield giving them a deadly combination and the creativity that City has been looking for.
David Silva carried much of the team in scoring and improved throughout the season if they are able to keep him in City will have no problem staying within striking position. Without Silva Manchester City struggled, so it is key to keep Silva in.
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Although there are rumors circulating that Carlos Tevez wants out of Manchester City, City management is confident that Tevez will stay. Tevez scored 20 goals for City last season but he is an overall skilled player that City would not like to lose. City did work hard to pick up Sergio Aguero from Athletico Madrid.
With Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa Cruz out on loan and unlikely to return for their starting positions, Aguero could not have come at a better time. Edin Dzeko looks to prove himself in his first season. Mario Balotelli is City's other forward who has some difficulty controlling his discipline. Balotelli and head coach Mancini do not get along very well but with the talent that Balotelli presents when he is on his game Mancini will have a hard time not playing Balotelli.