5 things Manchester City needs to do next season
Finally, after a long energy-sapping season, Manchester City has deservedly emerged as Premier League champions.
The Blue side from the city of Manchester looked down and out when Liverpool went 7 points clear at the top in January.
However, Pep Guardiola and his men responded like champions with 14 straight wins from their last 14 games cementing their legendary status.
Despite the cruel nature of their exit in the UEFA Champions League, it propelled the Cityzens to do better and they smashed everyone in their way after that.
The old guard especially Sergio Aguero, captain, Vincent Kompany, and Fernandinho were essential in the title win. David Silva had an understated season but was still a key part of the winning machine.
Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva have been immense as well. However, the arch-perfectionist that is Guardiola will be sure to want to improve next season with the UCL in mind.
Here are 5 things he might need to pay attention to:
#5 Continue integrating younger players
Phil Foden is the only academy player currently at the club and he will need to be given more games next season.
The old guard can surely not continue to be relied on as much as they have this season. David Silva and Kompany were useful in batches for the club (although at very important times).
Silva, Aguero and Fernandinho were the only 30-year-olds who featured in 20-plus league matches.
Already, Foden has been earmarked as the long-term replacement for the Spanish Silva. That promotion will need to be hurried up next season. The young Englishman has shown signs that he can be a long-term fit for the position.
Tosin Adarabioyo made 29 appearances in the Championship for West Bromwich Albion and earned good reviews. He may also be an option to replace one of the centre-backs who are being rumoured to be leaving (Kompany or Nicolas Otamendi).