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  • Writer's pictureBen Nixon

Potential Threats to Man City's Season

Manchester City are in pole position to defend their title for the 4th consecutive season. Guardiola’s men have started the season on the front foot winning 4 games from four. Even with Kevin De Bruyne’s early injury, the blues look in terrific form to battle it out to be first team to win 4 consecutive Premier League trophies. With that being said, their competitors will look to knock them off that top spot, but the question is, who can challenge this Manchester City side?

Arguably the closest team to Manchester City is last years runners up, Arsenal. The Gunners have improved under ex-City assistant Mikel Arteta and have been playing some great football in recent times. They have developed a deadly attack in Odegaard, Martinelli, former City striker Gabriel Jesus, and of course last year’s PFA young player of the year, Bukayo Saka. The Gunners fell just short of the Citizens last season after maintaining the lead for large parts of the season; poor form at the end of the season sealed a third Premier League title for City. Arsenal have already dropped points this season against Fulham drawing 2-2. Although its still early doors, dropped points can make a big difference towards the end of the season... Arteta has been reworking the Arsenal defence with Gabriel coming out of favour for ‘tactical reasons’. Gunners’ fans will be hoping that Arteta can sort out the defensive situation as soon as possible. It is also worth mentioning that Arsenal’s form against City is underwhelming having lost the majority of games against City in the Premier League in recent years. However, Arsenal did finally manage to have one over Manchester City in this seasons Community Shield, coming from behind to win on penalties in a dramatic game at Wembley. Could that win at Wembley give Arsenal the confidence they need to beat Manchester City in the league?

Local rivals Manchester United are another team that would love to nudge City off that top spot. With City having the capacity to close in on a fourth consecutive title, the Red Devils will definitely be doing everything they can to prevent them from breaking the joint record they currently hold with City. Manchester United have however been underperforming for a few years now, having not finished above the Blues since the 2012/13 season. Red Devils have struggled to recreate their famous form ever since Sir Alex left, with numerous managers being appointed since. United have shown glimpses of quality with Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford however have struggled defensively with their current Centre back partnership of Evans and Maguire proving weak. Manchester United have already lost 3-1 to Arsenal this season albeit due to an unfortunate VAR decision ruling out Garnacho's goal. They have certainly shown they have the quality to beat the big teams, but their inconsistency has let them down, as they have become out of favour in recent title races...

Liverpool were a few seasons ago Manchester City’s closest rivals having won a premier league title and also a Champions league however their team lost star winger Sadio Mane and have had to rebuild their midfield with players such as Wijnaldum and Henderson leaving. Van Dijk has also struggled to recreate his form as Liverpool have lost their defensive form having arguably the best defence in the league only a few years ago. Jurgen Klopp is currently trying to rebuild his Liverpool side back to its best but at this moment in time, they have not been showing the consistency to win the Premier League.  

Tottenham Hotspur have shown great attacking quality this season under new coach Ange Postecoglou despite losing their talisman Harry Kane to Bayern Munich. New signings have been effective for Spurs so far in what Tottenham fans hope will overturn a long wait for Silverware. Tottenham have started strong however, Spurs have a tendency to fall out of form at the end of the season but they are definitely a team to take seriously. Tottenham also have become a bogey team for City especially on their home turf with Guardiola’s men struggling in recent times. With that being said, that fixture is only once a season and in order to top this city side, a team has to be near perfect all season. Can Spurs keep this good form up for the entire season? Who is your favourite to win the League? Is there another team not mentioned who can beat City to the title?

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