The 2013-14 Premier League season for Manchester City should be a better one than the last one. They have made several new additions including the new coach, Manuel Pelligrini. Pelligrini isn’t a big name manager, but he has brought success to the clubs he has been with. I would even say that he has overachieved with the clubs he has been with and taken them farther than anyone would expect, particularly with Villareal and Malaga.
In the summer transfer window Manchester City has been quite active, including spending the most on a player (at the time of writing at least) with £30M for midfielder Fernandinho. They have also spent the most so far with purchases of forwards Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo for £22M and £20M and another £14.9M for midfielder Jesus Navas. With the £86.9M spent they have brought in some quality players that will add depth to a squad that needed the depth last season. Additionally they will be getting some speed and creativity in a midfield that often featured James Milner and Gareth Barry. While they are both very good players, they were not able to add width or speed to a midfield that needed both last year.
What Manchester City did excel at in the 2012-13 EPL season was their defense. They should continue to excel despite having to start without their young standout Matija Nastasic. They will have everyone else returning to start the 2013-14 season healthy. I think that having Pelligrini in as manager will certainly help them this season and moving away from the often far too outspoken Roberto Mancini. It seemed that far too many times Mancini was throwing the players out in the media and creating more problems for himself with his words to the media. Pelligrini has, so far, been more tight-lipped and careful with what he has said.
If Manchester City had been able to cut out the mistakes they had throughout the season, then it would have been a much closer Premier League race and may have resulted with them taking the title instead of their cross town rivals. With Pelligrini they also stand a much better chance of advancing in the Champions League, which I’m sure will be another focus for the club and manager.
My prediction for the 2013-14 EPL Season is for Manchester City to finish third in the Premier League. They will go further in the Champions League, and wouldn’t be surprised if they made it as far as the semi-finals even. Depending on how well they do in the Champions League they will probably end up sacrificing the FA Cup and not doing as well as they did last year. It will be interesting to see how their new players actually fit into their system this year, but I’m assuming that Pellegrini has a plan for them.