Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has been speaking about his hopes for next season.
In an interview with Glamoholic magazine, the Bosnian striker said, “I think next season is going to be even more interesting.
“We say that every year because in England you have six or seven teams that want to win the league and definitely next season will be the same, and we want to do better this season as well, so it’ll be very interesting.
“But first I want to rest for a month, to have my legs ready for the next season.”
Dzeko was speaking after returning from the World Cup, and given the way City’s domestic rivals have already strengthened, the front-man is right when he says it is going to be interesting.
If Arsenal can make two or three more quality additions to join Alexis Sanchez the Gunners will certainly be title challengers, while Manchester United will surely put last season’s struggles behind them now Louis van Gaal is in charge.
With Chelsea also strengthening considerably with the additions of Cesc Fabregas and soon-to-arrive Diego Costa, City will have to go some to ensure they retain their title.
But when Dzeko says his club wants to do even better than their previous campaign, it seems league glory is just one element of what Manuel Pellegrini will be aiming for.
After all, the Blues still have some way to go become a force in Europe and next season will see them give that particular challenge another shot.
Of course footballers are always aiming to match and ultimately better their previous exploits. But given the way City’s domestic rivals have strengthened already, one wonders if Pellegrini can inspire his side to replicate, let alone better, their previous outstanding campaign.