Manchester City were crowned the unprecedented Premier League Champions for the 2017/18 season after Pep Guardiola transformed Manchester City into a side who dominated and ruled Premier League this season with their exceptional brand of football. The gap between the top two sides still remains 14 points with Man City still having a game in hand. Guardiola is on course to achieve the feats for the best point tally in Premier League history (91 points), Most goals scored in a Premier League season and to have the best goal-difference in Premier League history till date. Having set such high standards, Man City will be expected to replicate the same success and perhaps go on to win multiple trophies next season. Despite being the favorites to at least a domestic double this season, Manchester City were knocked out of the FA Cup and the English League Cup in the initial stages. Club owners have expressed their fondness to win the Champions League in near future, however, for Guardiola and his team, Premier League will definitely be the ultimate target next season as they look to assert their dominance over the English football. On that note, here are the 5 reasons why Manchester City could win the Premier League title in 2018/19 season as well.
1). Pep Guardiola is going nowhere
Regarded as the best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola was itching to prove his dominance in the Premier League as he always faced question marks over the easy league titles he won with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. When Guardiola faced a tricky first season in England, critics were out too quickly writing off his previous achievements in Spain and Germany. However, the former Barcelona manager reminded everyone why he is hailed as the finest manager of the modern era. Guardiola has a sensational record of winning 7 League titles in the 9 seasons he has managed to date. His only 2 failures came back in 2011-12 season when Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid) pipped him for the league title and last season when Antonio Conte won the Premier League title with Chelsea. Pep Guardiola is definitely not done with Manchester City as he wants to build a dynasty of success at the Etihad Stadium and with him around, Man City can definitely win the Premier League title next season as well.
2). Core squad from this season is likely to stay the same
Manchester City were blessed to have players like Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany, Raheem Sterling, and Nicolas Otamendi with them when Pep Guardiola took charge of the club. Having won the Premier League title, it is unlikely that either of these players will choose to leave Man City this summer and help Guardiola to become the only third manager to win back-to-back Premier League titles. The core players in the current Man City squad are not on any major club’s radar and such in Man City’s financial prowess that they need not sell players to ensure their spendings in the transfer market. It hints at an even greater 2018/19 season for The Citizens which can spur them to win the Premier League title next season as well.
3). Manchester City will have enough money to spend on
Speaking of spending in the Transfer Market, there are perhaps only 2 clubs (Real Madrid and Manchester United) who can match Manchester City’s spending powers. Over the years, Man City have rarely lost a transfer battle (Alexis Sanchez being the only exception) and we can fully expect the Man City to go big with their summer signings and further strengthen their core squad and once again look to win the Premier League title next season.
4). Uncertainty surrounding Manchester United and Chelsea
The fact remains that in last 6 seasons, Manchester City (3), Chelsea (2) and Manchester United (1) are the only Champions in Premier League. Man City’s win in the 2017/18 season has also been down to the fact that both Chelsea and Manchester United were unable to mount a decent challenge to Pep Guardiola and his team. Part of the reason Chelsea and Man United struggled this season was their managers not able to solve the squad chemistry and failing to sign right players in the transfer window like Man City did. With Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte’s future hanging in the balance, it could give Manchester City another clear shot at winning the Premier League title next season.
5). Likes of Sane, Sterling, Jesus and Ederson can only get better
Among the many things Pep Guardiola did right in the 2017/18 season with Manchester City, one was to improve the performances of his young stars Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling. Gabriel Jesus was also efficient for The Citizens as Guardiola found a way to get the best out of his young stars. Another major improvement for Man City was in the goalkeeping direction where the new signing Ederson bought into Pep’s philosophy and played a vital part in City’s title-winning season. Sterling ranked up 16 league goals while Jesus scored 11 goals in Premier League with Leroy Sane managing 12 assists this season. Meanwhile, Ederson so far has 15 clean sheets to his name and all of these players are expected to do even better next season and help Man City defend their Premier League title under Pep Guardiola next season.