4-1-4-1: Potential Manchester City eleven with four new additions

Manchester City are in the market for new signings this summer.

As per the graphic above, Manchester City could line up in a 4-1-4-1 formation next season as new boss Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his side ahead of what promises to be a fascinating campaign.

The Citizens suffered a poor Premier League season last term, finishing some way behind title winners Leicester City and very nearly missing out on a top four spot after slack late form.

Bayern Munich coach Josep Guardiola

Manuel Pellegrini knew he was to be replaced by Guardiola mid-season, yet that was no excuse for the club’s poor form in the second half of the campaign with a number of players vastly underperforming.

Many have speculated how many signings City will make this summer, and how many changes Guardiola will want to make to the squad not only in terms of additions but also with potential sales.

In his final season at Bayern Munich, the former Barcelona boss often changed his tactics to suit his squad’s needs but on a number of occasions he found plenty of success with an attacking 4-1-4-1 system.

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The idea is use relentless pressure in the final third to win possession back, while having an energetic holding midfielder who is capable of keeping shape and rhythm in the middle of the pitch.

The acquisition of Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund allows for this, while reports recently claim Schalke’s Leroy Sane (ESPN) and Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos (Daily Star) are close to moves.

Leroy Sane

Defensively City struggled last term, and thus far they have only been linked with Aymeric Laporte (who signed a new deal at Athletic Bilbao) and more likely Everton’s John Stones (the Mirror).

Keeping Vincent Kompany fit throughout the season will be like a new signing for Guardiola, and while strong looking at the potential eleven there is definitely room for improvement in the fullback positions.

Real Madrid's Toni Kroos

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