Graphic: Manchester City’s strongest line-up

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Manchester City will be challenging for the Premier League title this season.

Manchester City were one of the Premier League’s biggest spenders during the summer, bringing in five new players including Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne.

Following the relaxation of sorts of the Financial Fair Play regulations, City were seemingly given the green light to make a splash and they certainly didn’t hold back.

While the arrival of Sterling from Liverpool caused plenty of controversy, it was an acquisition which made sense from a sporting perspective and City have benefited from it.

The Citizens have begun the campaign superbly, winning four straight league matches without conceding a goal and thoroughly beating Chelsea 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium in their second match.

New signing De Bruyne is only going to make them stronger, and considering their incredible strengthen depth, the toughest task boss Manuel Pellegrini faces is deciding which players to pick every week.

Assuming everyone is fit and available, the Chilean really is spoilt for choice but the graphic below is what we feel City’s best XI is, with the addition of three summer signings.

The back-four includes new centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, an addition from Valencia. Current first-team right-back Bacary Sagna makes way for Pablo Zabaleta when completely fit.

Eliaquim Mangala and Martin Demichelis provide excellent cover, with another former Arsenal player Gael Clichy is an option at left-back instead of the ever-reliable Aleksandar Kolarov.

Picking a front six for City is a challenge in itself considering the options, although one can only assume Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are almost guaranteed first-team places.

New signings Sterling and De Bruyne pose frightening pace and directness out wide, while Jesus Navas, Samir Nasri and Wilfried Bony are probably the best quality substitutes in the Premier League.

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