Why Manchester City will win in Europe

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

It is still early in the new season and a long way from the Champions League final in Munich next May but each team across Europe will have already set its expectations for the coming year. Possibly the team with the fastest-rising aspirations is Manchester City, the current Premier League leaders (for what that’s worth after only two games).

The current form team in England, with their fearsome attacking options only added to yesterday by the signing of Arsenal and France midfielder Samir Nasri, have often been considered ‘one year away’ from competing for the more prestigious prizes in Europe.

However, this year City should be considered one of the favourites, along with holders Barcelona and media darlings and neighbours Manchester United.

The team has retained the core of players that delivered 3rd place in the league last season. This consistency in players has been uncommon in Manchester, with millions thrown at players who didn’t fit together, but manager Roberto Mancini appears to now have the makings of a complete team. However, in addition to this consistency, City have added in the right places.

Again one of the biggest spenders in the league, the club have added talent in Argentine forward and star debutant Sergio Agüero and another Arsenal defector, full-back Gael Clichy.

Both bring with them Champions League experience, from Atletico Madrid and Arsenal respectively, to add to European veterans such as the want-away Carlos Tevez, hulking midfielder Yaya Toure and metronomic playmaker David Silva. In their first major European campaign in a while, the experienced players will be key to the success of the club in Europe, as will the new players.

Should they carry over their offensive potency and sheer willingness to win from their league showings so far, they can go far. Obviously, each year it is a question of who can beat Barcelona.

This yearly challenge has never proved easy, but the attacking flair of City may be enough of a match against for the Catalan club, and their strength in depth at the key positions will serve them well in the long campaign.

And of course, should they struggle early on, be it defensively or through a shortfall in depth, Sheikh Mansour and Khaldoon Al Mubarak can always offer Mancini a blank cheque to fill any holes they find.

Simply put, Man City are a powerhouse in the making and no team in Europe can afford to sleep on them, not even the nigh invincible Barça.

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