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Manchester City

Looking to win the league title for the third successive season

General preview 2019/20

League title for the third successive season?

City go into this season looking to do something that hasn't been done since Manchester United did it in 2009: win the league title for the third successive season.

Having pipped Liverpool to the post in the last campaign in one of the most dramatic title challenges for years Pep Guardiola will be looking for his team to take it up another level to clinch his third Premier League title while also pushing for success in the two domestic cups and trying to secure the club's first Champions League trophy.

City have added to their squad through defensive midfielder Rodri who became the club's record signing when he arrived from Atletico Madrid in July for a fee of around £62million and Angelino has been brought back to the club to add more competition at left-back.

There's confidence within the team they can go on and do it again, but, what will really take this squad to another level is retaining the title again and winning the Champions League.

Pre-season news

COMMUNITY SHIELD VICTORY WHETS THE APPETITE FOR NEW SEASON

Manchester City 4-1 West Ham

D Silva, Nmecha (P), Sterling (2).

Wolves 0-0 Manchester City (3-2 on pens)

Kitchee 1-6 Manchester City

D Silva, Sane (2), Sterling, Touaizi, Pozo.

Yokohama FM 1-3 Manchester City

De Bruyne, Sterling, Nmecha.

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City (4-5 on pens)

Sterling.

transfer window

Centre back was one of two priorities this summer

They got the defensive midfielder they're after to replace Fernandinho in Rodri but at the time of writing they had not brought in a central defender to replace Vincent Kompany. The club made it clear centre back was one of two priorities this summer but did not want to pay over the odds for their number one transfer target Harry Maguire. Time will tell if that's a mistake as Guardiola needs a reliable partner for Aymeric Laporte if City are to retain the title again.

In terms of outgoings Leroy Sane's potential departure is what has dominated gossip columns this summer as Bayern Munich try to lure him to Germany. Guardiola wants him to stay but admitted he will not stand in the way of him leaving but time is running out for the Germany international to secure a move. Even if he does leave the understanding is City won't be looking to replace him in the last two weeks of the window.

Rating: 7/10

Rating: 7/10

Rodri

The 23-year-old became the club's most expensive signing when he arrived from Atletico Madrid in July and has been brought in to replace Fernandinho in midfield. He's a towering presence at the base of City's midfield and has shown glimpses of how good he can be on tour. A steady start to life at the club.

Rating: 5/10

Angelino

Having sold him last summer to PSV the club brought him back after paying his £5.3million release clause. Has struggled a bit on tour but Guardiola is hopeful he will be able to up his level in the coming weeks of the season. An interesting decision to bring him back and he will have to compete with Aleks Zinchenko and Benjamin Mendy for a place in the starting XI.

Season predictions

City to be champions

The biggest test for City could be at the back and if they don't buy another defender it's going to be vital John Stones steps up this season if City are to win it again. Liverpool have yet to add to their squad this summer while City have secured a decent defensive midfielder in Rodri.

Kevin de Bruyne has shone on pre-season tour and if he can stay fit for the whole of the season City could storm their way to the league for the third season on the trot. The squad is deep enough and strong enough for City to still dominate in the Premier League while competing in the other three competitions.