Thursday, September 20, 2018

Manchester City F.C. have had a thunderous start to the 2017/2018 BPL season. The team has been undefeated through their first 10 games, earning 28 points with 9 wins and only 1 draw early on against Everton. Although it is still early into the season, everyone’s eyes will be focused on the Manchester match up at Old Trafford December 10th, as this will surely be a pivotal game in the storyline of this season.

From Humble Beginnings

Kevin Keegan is appointed Manchester City F.C. manager before the 01 season

Man City has been around for some time, occasionally bouncing back and forth between the 1st and 2nd divisions, but their current stint in the BPL seems to be permanent. Since the clubs promotion after their 01/02 Division One championship they have fought hard to establish themselves as much more than a team fighting through the relegation zone. In their first premier league season they finished in a respectable 9th place, with an impressive performance that included them beating Manchester United in their first matchup of their new BPL tenure.

However it wasn’t until the 08/09 season that Man City began its rise to the top of the English footballing world. The club was under new ownership and immediately attempted to sign some big players, including Manchester rival Dimitar Berbatov, David Villa and Mario Gomez. While none of these trades landed, the club did pick up at-the-time Brazilian superstar Robinho, although he struggled to perform as expected. Roberto Mancini joined the Man City staff as manager in 2009, and during his 4-year stint they never placed lower than 5th in the Premier League and won an FA Cup title. Most famously they won the 10/11 Premier League season in dramatic fashion. Tied on points and Man U winning the league on goal differential, on the last game day of the season the red streamers were flying as Man U finished their game and looked to be on top. However, Sergio Aguero ruined the party by scoring a goal in the 93rd minute and taking the top of the table for his team, a mere 13 seconds after Man U had started celebrating what they thought was a victorious season.

Aguero after scoring his league-winning goal against QPR

What Makes Them So Good?

This season is shaping up to be quite the Manchester showdown as well, but this time City are the ones on top. Leading 2nd place Manchester United 28 points to 23, the blue-shirted Manchester team has been crushing opposition left and right. While they have not yet played their red counterparts this season, they have beaten reigning champs Chelsea and absolutely dismantled Liverpool 5-0 in their first meeting this season. They have scored 5 or more goals in 4 of their 10 games so far, and have kept a clean sheet in 6. While the majority of their games so far have been against lower teams, the way they have been playing it doesn’t seem to matter who the opposition is, and for any team to come beat them at home is going to take something special. It isn’t just the English teams who are suffering at the hands of Man City, they have only conceded 1 goal so far in their Champions League campaign and are unsurprisingly poised to move on in the competition with another good result.

Offensive prowess is nothing new to Manchester City, and with four of their players already over 5 goals in the league, both Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling with 7, it is not hard to see how they have been putting up these numbers. That coupled with the masterful control in the midfield provided by Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva, both tallying 6 assists so far, has made it impossible for any team save Chelsea and Everton to keep them from scoring more than once. But offense alone does not win championships, luckily for Manchester they have gotten several strong performances from what many perceived to be a, not weak, but not particularly strong defense. Nicolás Otamendi has shown himself to be a leader on the field for them and, with some help from the tenacious midfielder Fernandinho constantly harassing constantly harrying opponents up and down the field, has looked like the secret to success. Keeper Ederson Santana de Moraes has also had an excellent debut, coming on board from Benefica after last season, and at 24 could prove to be a long-time asset for a team that has been in need of a keeper in recent years.

It’s Not Over Yet, We Think

When asked what he thought of Man City after his Liverpool side was crushed 5-0, Klopp said “in this moment it looks like they are champions in January. While a 5-point lead may not be enough to convincingly say that they will win the league, Klopp may be on to something. The last team to go unbeaten in their first 10 of the Premier League was, Manchester City. In their 11/12 season. Which they won. The last team before that, was Chelsea, in their 05/06 season in which, spoiler alert, they were crowned champions. With a dominant strike force, an unyielding defense, and an aggressive style of play that has been brushing defenses aside, it seems that the only thing that can get in the way of a Man City BPL title is Man City. Everyone else, just keep your fingers crossed, we still have a whole lot of season left.

Just don’t hold your breath

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