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Pep Guardiola Reloads In Quest Of Perfection And Jack Grealish Adds Mystique To Man Citys Season Preview

Manchester City had a fantastic season in the Premier League last season, with a relentless run since Christmas sweeping the competition aside as they won by 12 points.
The bitter taste of defeat in the Champions League final to Chelsea in Porto lingered, ensuring the elusive European title remained tantalizingly out of grasp.
The EFL Cup is once again featured at the Etihad, despite the fact that a domestic triple was halted by Chelsea, as one of their three losses to the Blues in the final six weeks of the season.
So far in the transfer window, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has a feeling of mystery around his role under Pep Guardiola.
The Spanish tactician, a maverick player, clearly has a thorough plan to improve Grealish’s game, which will be fascinating to see.
Kayky, a Brazilian superstar, joins City from Fluminense for PS9 million, with Scott Carson joining on a free transfer to reinforce City’s indigenous contingent.
Angelino joins Leipzig on a permanent deal worth PS16 million, while Jack Harrison joins Leeds for PS11.5 million.
Lukas Nmecha, a young striker, joins Wolfsburg for PS7 million.
Finally, on free transfers, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia joined Barcelona.
Manager Jack Grealish has arrived for PS100 million (AP) With no progress on Harry Kane, it’s unclear what Pep Guardiola would do now that Sergio Aguero has left the club on a free transfer.
Gabriel Jesus does not appear to be guaranteed a place in the starting lineup, which means Kevin De Bruyne or Phil Foden might be used as a false nine in the midfield.
The comeback of England’s Raheem Sterling adds to the drama.
City’s quality of squad means they’re still dangerous and set for another title, but Guardiola’s inventiveness and how Grealish develops add a mysterious element to the team this season.
De Bruynes versatility and enormous desire to succeed on the pitch elevates him above his star-studded colleagues. Important player Back to his menacing best and able to run games with ease, De Bruynes versatility and immense desire to succeed on the pitch raises him above his star-studded teammates.
Allowing him to flourish as a No 8, perhaps alongside Grealish at times, will be a joy to watch.
Guardiola must guarantee that there are enough targets to pivot off of the talented Belgian’s deep ventures; whether some of those materialize with Kane’s arrival remains to be seen.
Without the England striker, De Bruyne will be put under even more pressure to shine and lead City back to triumph both at home and on the continent.
What does success entail?
Another trophy would be good, but following a humiliating defeat to domestic rivals Chelsea, Pep Guardiola is more determined than ever to win another European title.
Anything less than a first Champions League win would be considered a failure, thus another Premier League triumph would suffice, fighting off repeated advances from Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea.
First three Premier League fixtures (a) v Tottenham, Sunday August 15, 4.30pm (h) v Norwich, Saturday August 21, 3pm (h) v Arsenal, Saturday August 28, 12.30pm Bookies ranking 1st (4/6 favourites for the title) Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Rodri; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Grealish; Jesus

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