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Predicted Manchester City Starting 11- 2018/19 Season4 min read

Manchester City

Manchester City broke a number of records last season in their colossal title-winning campaign. Pep Guardiola‘s side played scintillating football which garnered a lot of attention from the world. Their whole squad had been nothing short of perfect, as they won the league with a record 100 points; it was Manchester City’s best season ever. Pep has decided not to delve in early in the transfer market this summer but has been linked with a couple of big money moves. Let’s take a look at a possible Manchester City side for next season if things go their way.

GK: Ederson Moraes

Ederson has been absolutely brilliant since making his switch to the Etihad. The 24-year old stopper was credited with 16 clean sheets, second to only Golden Glove recipient, David De Gea and also conceded the least amount of goals. His sweeper keeper style has been detrimental to Manchester City’s success last season and he’s bound to keep the no.1 spot all to himself.

RB: Kyle Walker

Another player who turned out to be immensely successful under Pep, as Walker lifted his first Premier League trophy after making a switch from White Hart Lane this season. He played 32 matches, making 6 assists,  26 dribbles, 31 clearances, 29 interceptions and completed 2,073 passes and 30 key passes. The 28-year old England international is highly unlikely to lose his place in the team.

CB: Nicolás Otamendi

Otamendi played 3 seasons for the club and this one was his finest. The 30-year old defender made 34 appearances and scored 4 goals on four separate occasions. The Argentinean boasted impressive stats such as 2,825 passes, 43 tackles, 122 clearances and 48 interceptions.

CB: John Stones

While Stones could just play in 18 matches this season, he still had a good run of performances for the club. The 24-year old completed 1,194 passes, 11 tackles, 41 clearances and 19 interceptions. He seems like the best choice for Pep to partner with Otamendi next season, barely cut above Laporte and Kompany.

LB: Benjamin Mendy

One of the most anticipated signings of the Premier League, young Benjamin Mendy had the world at his feet as everyone expected the 23-year old Frenchman to light up the Premier League just like he did Ligue 1. That was not to be due to the unfortunate season-ending injury he suffered early in the season. While Delph had more than made up for his loss, Mendy is fit again and going to the World Cup where he is likely to claim his spot on the team back.

CDM: Jorginho

While Fernandinho was undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the league last season, he is 33 going on 34 and will find it difficult to produce similar results next season, especially as it is the toughest league in the world. Pep is reportedly close to signing Napoli superstar Jorginho (for about £50m)  who would be the successor to Manchester City stalwart, Yaya Toure who left at the end of the season.

CM: David Silva

Fan favorite midfield maestro David Silva had one of his best seasons yet scoring 9 goals and assisting 11 in his 29 appearances. The 32-year old Premier League veteran was apparently going through some personal problems but he overcame them proving to be a vital asset in City’s campaign last season. The Spanish genius is bound to keep his place in Pep’s side next season.

CM: Kevin De Bruyne

The best player in City’s 100-point campaign last season was none other than Premier League Play-maker of the Year, Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian superstar featured in 37 games scoring 8 goals and holding a league-high record of 16 assists and was the key to City’s successful campaign this season. De Bruyne is set to be the most important player for next season for City.

LW: Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling was another major weapon in City’s arsenal. With 18 goals and 11 assists, the 23-year old winger had his most productive season yet and was among the few elite players to reach double figures in both goals and assists. The England international is one player who is set to keep his place in City’s side next season.

RW: Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez proved his worth as a player once again after Leicester had an average season but he still turned up with 12 goals and 10 assists to join the few players to reach double figures in goals and assists. The Algerian is linked with a £75m move to the Etihad and he will be the prime candidate to break into the first team, likely at the expense of 22-year old youngster Leroy Sane.

CF: Sergio Agüero

One of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League or rather the world has ever seen had yet another productive season with 21 goals and 6 assists in just 25 matches. Year after year Sergio Agüero proves himself as one of the best in the world without even a hint of slowing down. Even with young Jesus coming in form, Agüero is another player who will be difficult to replace.

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