It’s bad news for the rest of the Premier League.
Manchester City won their fourth title in five years on Sunday, in what was an action-packed final day of the Premier League season.
And while it did make for some great excitement, we don’t foresee the same thing happening again next season. In fact, next season could be Pep Guardiola’s easiest title win yet.
Obviously Erling Haaland is going to make a difference, but he’s not the only reason why they should breeze the league comfortably.
Every time City dropped points this season, the talk after the game was that if they had a top striker on the pitch, things would be different.
And unfortunately for the rest of the league, it’s largely quite true.
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City creates more chances than any other team in world football, with extremely regimented, strict patterns of play. Everyone knows where they need to be, and this results in the ball being in the opposition box for sustained periods.
Throw Haaland in that box, and you know that City are scoring even more goals than the 99 they managed this season.
But Haaland isn’t the main reason City should be the strong favourites going into the new season.
Liverpool are the only team who have the ability to give City and it’s difficult to imagine them replicating their incredible form over the course of another season.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 22, 2022
Then there is the small, £100 million matter of Jack Grealish.
Guardiola’s signings tend to be a lot better in their second season, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Grealish follow this trend.
It’s easy to forget that he was one of the best players in the league with Aston Villa, and he could become a main part of City’s side next year.
He could be the perfect supplier for Haaland too, as when he is firing on all cylinders, he tends to attract two defenders over to him.
If that leaves Haaland in a 1v1 with a defender, it’s only going to end one way.
It’s not good for football, and it’s not good for any neutral fans, but Guardiola will not be complaining any time soon.
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