English Premiership

Why Manchester City will win the EPL title

2014-08-14 14:21
Manchester City celebrate (AFP)

Cape Town - Often pondering this season’s English Premier League winners, Garrin Lambley, suggests there’s no point looking past the defending champions…

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Not only are Manchester City the reigning champions of England, they’ve lifted the title in two of the past three seasons. They are now the benchmark against which other title contenders will be measured.

Money remains no issues on the blue side of Manchester, this despite The Citizens being punished for failing UEFA Financial Fair Play rules. They have recruited wisely in the transfer market, landing the players they required in the off-season to further bolster a team that finished last season with a league-leading 102 goals, while only conceding 37 in 38 matches.

Perceived areas of concern for Manuel Pellegrini’s team  - a defensive midfielder, a back-up goalkeeper, an extra right-back and a left-sided centre-back – have all been solved with the acquisition of Fernando, Willy Caballero, Bacary Sagna and Eliaquim Mangala, while the six-month loan deal for former Chelsea great, Frank Lampard, could well prove to be a masterstroke by the Sky Blues.

In addition, Montenegrin Stevan Jovetic struggled with injuries last season, so English fans have not seen him at his best. They’re in for a treat this season!

With Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany having committed their long-term futures to the club, and key man Yaya Toure seemingly happy to stay at the club, the name carved into the Barclays Premier League trophy come May next year will, once again, be that of Manchester City.

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