Manchester City: Are the Citizens Experienced Enough to Win the EPL Title?

Mohamed Al-Hendy@Mo_HendyCorrespondent INovember 28, 2011

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy speaks during a press conference after the 2011 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on November 20, 2011 in Carson, California. The Galaxy defeated the Dynamo 1-0 to win the MLS Cup.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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In a recent press conference, David Beckham had this to say when asked about who he thought would win the English Premier League title this season:

I don’t think Manchester City have a chance. This season they have got a good team and have some good players, but Manchester United have more experience and know how to win a championship.”

My first response to reading this was: "Why on earth does anyone still care about David Beckham's opinion on anything? Why is he still even around? Everyone knows he's off to Paris Saint-Germain to make one of the richest clubs in the world even richer via commercial profits, and then he'll probably retire after the Olympics with England. Why does it matter what he has to say anymore?"

But on thinking his response further, I thought, "Maybe he does have a point..."

I'm no fan of Manchester United, but they've been in this position so, so many times. It's become a Manchester United trademark to come from behind and win games, or to start slow in the league only to pick up steam when it really counts.

Manchester United have almost never been known as a team that bursts out of the gates and maintains that excellence across a season, the way Real Madrid have this season or Barcelona have in previous seasons.

Manchester City, on the other hand, have no such experience to fall back on.

To be sure, the starters at Manchester City almost all have some sort of honor or title that they've won in their careers, but only Yaya Toure, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli have any experience winning league titles in the top five leagues of Europe, and in the case of Balotelli, he's generally hurt Inter Milan's hunt for titles as much as he's helped in previous years.


Manchester City are presently at a crossroad. The bursting-out-of-the-gates phase of the season is done; everyone knows how good they are talent-wise and what their ambitions are for the season.

Their form in the UEFA Champions League has all but ruled them out of qualifying for the Round of 16, while their draw against Liverpool will have some Manchester City fans starting to worry of a collapse in form.

It's definitely way, way too early to press the panic button, but will Manchester City cruise as easily to the title as initially expected, or even win the title at all? Or will more experienced teams like Chelsea or Manchester United fight their way back into contention with consistency rather than flair?

Personally, I think Manchester City will show that they do indeed possess enough experience to win the title. Will they do it by mopping the floor with the teams of the EPL, as first expected? That, I'm not so sure about.

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