Defending champions Manchester City will enter the 2022/23 Premier League season demanding nothing less than another triumph.
Pep Guardiola’s side had to work hard to see off Liverpool last year and will likely have the same battle on their hands this time around, while the Erling Haaland vs Darwin Nunez debate has only added an extra sprinkle of intrigue.
With Haaland now in their ranks, City will be looking to finally get over the European hump and secure Champions League glory for the first time.
Here’s all you need to know about City heading into the 2022/23 season.
Perhaps the most exciting transfer of the summer was Haaland’s switch to City from Borussia Dortmund. The team who didn’t even have a striker as they outscored the rest of the division – 99 goals in 38 games – have now added the 22-year-old who netted 85 in 88 during his time in Germany.
They’ve also landed England international Kalvin Phillips to their already stacked midfield, while goalkeeper Stefan Ortega has joined as cover. Argentine forward Julian Alvarez has also arrived after being signed earlier this year.
However, it hasn’t all been fun for City this summer. Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko have all left, while Fernandinho walked away at the end of his contract. As far as squad depth goes, City might be a little weaker.
Numbers subject to change before end of transfer window
2) Kyle Walker
3) Ruben Dias
4) Kalvin Phillips
5) John Stones
6) Nathan Ake
7) Joao Cancelo
8) Ilkay Gundogan
9) Erling Haaland
10) Jack Grealish
14) Aymeric Laporte
17) Kevin De Bruyne
18) Stefan Ortega
19) Julian Alvarez
20) Bernardo Silva
26) Riyad Mahrez
33) Scott Carson
47) Phil Foden
80) Cole Palmer
How long have you got?
While it’s tempting to highlight Haaland here, it’s important to remember that City were already the best team in England even before the Norwegian arrived. They’re already bursting with stars like Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and pretty much everyone else in the squad.
One to watch
Haaland’s arrival has stolen the headlines this summer, but young Julian Alvarez deserves just as much attention.
The 22-year-old was incredibly highly rated during his time in Argentina and has been tipped to follow in the footsteps of Sergio Aguero who, if you’ve forgotten, was pretty decent during his time at the Etihad.
City were already the best team in England before the summer transfer window opened, and that hasn’t changed.
Losing Jesus, Sterling and Zinchenko is a massive blow to City’s depth, but Pep Guardiola’s men are perhaps the only side on the planet strong enough to laugh in the face of losing three key squad players.
They’ll have some stiff competition at the top of the table, but City should get their hands on the trophy once again when all is said and done.