Why Manchester City won't win the Premier League

Liam Apicella25 August 2010 - 15:51

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It seems that at this present moment in time you can’t flick through the sports pages of a newspaper or trawl through your favourite sports site without someone voicing their opinion on the current hot topic gripping English football’s top flight.

The question on everyone’s lips at present is can Manchester City win their first league title since 1968?

Impressive Start to the Season

After a gaining a gritty and determined point away at Tottenham Hotspur, thanks largely to newly installed number one goalkeeper Joe Hart, and a classy 3-0 victory over Liverpool at Eastlands – the odds are already beginning to shorten on City’s current squad ending the club’s 42 year wait to be champions again.

But hang on let’s have some realism for one minute shall we.

Yes taking four points from tough encounters against Spurs and Liverpool is a more than credible return, but the season is just TWO league matches old therefore are people being a little hasty be declaring the Blue title contenders?

Spending Large Amounts of Money

Considering the amount of cash first Mark Hughes and now Roberto Mancini has splashed on new players since the club was taken over two years ago, it would simply be embarrassing if a squad had been assembled that was not capable of challenging for major honours.

Certainly the performance against Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool on Monday night sent out a message – a performance which according to City legend Mike Summerbee was the club’s best in twenty years.

It will be a massive shock if City don’t produce a challenge to Chelsea and United for some part of the season. It’s almost unthinkable to believe that they won’t have cemented a Champions League qualifying berth come the end of the season. Failure to meet either of these demands will almost certainly cost Mancini his job.

But despite an impressive start to the campaign, can City realistically win the Premier League?

A Squad to Envy

Well, in their favour they have a squad which includes a World Cup winner, a scattering of European Cup winners and a host of international footballers.

But despite being the envy of all managers with the talent at his disposal, does Mancini have a great team?

Carlo Ancelotti certainly does, as does Sir Alex Ferguson. True both their sides maybe ageing, but Chelsea and United are crammed with players that have been there, done it as far as winning the Premier League is concerned.  Probably why the trophy has not left the cabinets of either Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford for the last six years.

As for Mancini, he cannot possibly know what his best eleven is at the moment. In truth he may even be unsure as to what formation best suits his squad.

Too Many Options?

Injuries meant that new recruits Jerome Boateng and Mario Balotelli watched the brushing aside of Liverpool from the stands – while the likes of David Silva and Shay Given had to settle for a place among the substitutes bench.

This highlights just how much quality is in the City ranks at the moment. And what is the problem with that some may ask? Surely you can never have to omany class footballers?

This may be a fair argument, but what happens when the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor are sat on the bench for four or five matches in succession? Taking into account Carlos Tevez’s form over the last year this could become a regular occurrence for the former Togo star.  

A player of Adebayor’s quality quite rightly wants to be playing every week, and when he doesn’t, just like the majority of other stars in world football that aren’t getting game time – they become disruptive.

The same will happen from the likes of Shaun Wright Phillips, Robinho (if he is made to stay) and Pablo Zabaleta. It’s a safe bet that Given wants out after discovering that he has fallen behind Hart in the pecking order.

This is a situation just waiting to happen as Mancini will not be able to make wholesale changes on a game to game basis to keep everyone happy.

Closure of the Transfer Window

Recently Craig Bellamy and Stephan Ireland voiced their grievances at the prospect of getting very little game time and where swiftly moved on by Mancini, but the manager won’t be able to this when the transfer window slams shut next month.

Disharmony could be on the way, and an unhappy dressing will be reflected by results on the pitch. There is almost a sense of inevitability surrounding this theory.

They may go close, but City will be unable to overhaul both Chelsea and United this season.

The Blues, who should be armed with Champions League football next term, will have to do it one giant at a time.

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