With a wealth of talent available to Manuel Pellegrini, what is the best starting side for the Etihad Stadium outfit?
Manchester City’s new faces have made an instant impression in England and have added to a star-studded squad at Manuel Pellegrini’s disposal.
However, with quality in every position, the Chilean manager must get his team selection correct if the side are regain the Premier League title.
If everyone was fit and available, here is what I believe to be City’s best side, in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
GK – Joe Hart
LB – Aleksandar Kolarov
RB – Pablo Zabaleta
CB – Vincent Kompany
CB – Matija Nastastic
DM – Fernandinho
DM – Yaya Toure
LM – David Silva
RM – Jesus Navas
AM – Sergio Aguero
ST – Alvaro Nedgredo
The number one jersey has been a source of contention for the club this season, with Joe Hart dropped from the side after early season errors.
However, the England international is a better all-round goalkeeper than Costel Pantilimon, and should get the nod from Pellegrini.
Pablo Zabaleta and Vincent Kompany are certainties when fit, while Aleksandar Kolarov has proved himself time and again as a more competent and rounded left-back than Gael Clichy.
In the heart of City’s defence, Martin Demichelis looks labored at times and more of a stop-gap than first choice. If Matija Nastasic can show anywhere close to the form he displayed last season he should get the chance to play alongside Kompany.
The heart of City’s midfield and attack is as good as any in the division and virtually picks itself – even if Edin Dzeko is unlucky not to be included.
On the wings, David Silva must play when available, as his link-up play with Sergio Aguero, vision and range of passing making him one of the most devastating playmakers in Europe.
On the right, Jesus Navas adds unadulterated pace, which is the one thing that is lacking elsewhere. The Spaniard’s delivery and understanding with Alvaro Negredo should see him get the nod ahead of Samir Nasri.
Where do City need to strengthen?
This starting XI is the most complete in the Premier League, and there is certainly an argument to suggest that Pellegrini does not need any new faces.
If his confidence in Hart continues to waiver, maybe a new goalkeeper, while Nastasic has work to do to prove himself as Kompany’ long-term partner in defence.
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