It’s not a secret that Manchester City parades one of the strongest teams in Europe right now. When a team loses only four games out of 38 in the Premier League and suffers just one defeat in the Champions League - a final loss - the facts speak for themselves.
The disappointment was deeply felt and the club will be looking to bounce back next term. But in the world of football, things can change fast.
Just over a decade ago, Barcelona was on top of the world. The Catalan side was the best team in the world and was untouchable. The team won all the trophies on offer, yet it was not just about winning trophies. The football was out of this world.
It was a beauty to behold as Camp Nou became a theatre of some sort showcasing the game in its purest art form. A decade later, the Spanish giants are a shadow of themselves and struggling to exert their authority both domestically and in Europe.
It’s so bad Barca are now picking up scraps and other players gone past their prime while practically begging Lionel Messi not to jump ship.
The fall from glory came as a result of the lack of adequate replacement for key players like Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Carles Puyol to mention a few. Neymar’s departure was the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
Manchester City owners are well aware of the Spanish side’s predicament and will not want to repeat the mistakes made there. The only way to stay ahead of the chasing pack is to continue to strengthen the team and provide top-notch management.
City’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak made this clear in his annual message to City fans. He revealed that the club will not only find a suitable replacement for Sergio Aguero, but will also bring in quality players to fill other positions in need.
“One of the things I’ve learned over the years is, you need to constantly bring in talent into the team, refresh and particularly when you are at a high level and when you’re on the top,” Al Mubarak stated.
“Having won the league, it is not the time to sit back and be content. That would be your biggest mistake,” He continued, “This is the time to send a strong message, that there’s no contentment, that you’re not satisfied with just winning the league.”
With eyes set on continuing the dominance in the Premier League and conquering Europe, he said strengthening will not be about just adding players for squad depth. That means it’s not about getting good backups for the current group. Instead, the club is going for players who will come ready to slot into the starting XI right away.
“That’s great, but you want to win it again and you are committed and you are bringing more talent that is going to compete, not for the squad, but for the starting XI.”
“We lose a very important legend in Sergio Aguero. They are very hard shoes to fill, but I’m confident that we will find the right player to fill those shoes.”
He went on to say; “There are other areas within the group, within the team that obviously need investment. Not too many. It’s not about numbers, it’s about quality.”
“I think the squad is a phenomenal squad. You don’t win the Premier League and you don’t reach the Champions League final if you don’t have an incredible squad and we have that.”
“We will bring quality into the squad in a couple of key positions.”
So there you have it. The boss has spilled the beans. Man City will be in the market for some top players to strengthen the squad.
As has been seen in the last decade, the club is not afraid to move for the best. Letting Aguero go despite the Argentine’s willingness to extend his stay has been the clue that something was in the pipeline all along.
What is now clear is that the club hierarchy will back Pep Guardiola heavily to make the required signings. That will make the team even stronger next season.