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2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Manchester City

Premier League Final Position: 2nd

Review

Because of the money that Manchester City have invested in their squad over the last few years, failure to win the title is probably considered a failure. Had the 2013/14 Premier League winners had a domestic trophy on the sideboard at the end of May, then it could’ve potentially papered over the cracks. Manuel Pellegrini’s job could be under serious threat this summer because of the lack of silverware delivered in this campaign and too many shock results this season is the reason City have fallen well short of eventual champions Chelsea.

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Best Moment

The last six games of the season. It was imperative that City ended the season strongly and a six-game winning streak was the perfect way to recover from a 12-game run in which they recorded just four victories (D3, L5).

Worst Moment

The 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor against Burnley thanks to a fantastic George Boyd strike all but ended City’s title hopes, leaving them nine points off the top with just nine games of the season remaining. It was a devastating blow against a side that would eventually be relegated and a game they couldn’t afford to lose at the time. There were of course other season defining moments, but this was the one that seemed like it marked the end of their title hunt.

Player of the Year

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Sergio Aguero – The Argentinian comfortably won the Premier League Golden Boot with 26 goals in 33 appearances. He also made 8 assists meaning that his overall goal contribution was 34 goals – an incredible effort.

It wouldn’t be fair to say that he entirely carried City this season, but with Yaya Toure not replicating the form he showed last season, there was even more pressure on Aguero’s shoulders and he certainly responded well.

Biggest Win

Manchester City 6-0 Queens Park Rangers (May 10, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal (Jan 18, 2015)

Manchester United 4-2 Manchester City (Apr 12, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015/16 season…

The ins and outs throughout the summer will go a long way to deciding where City stand in terms of the title race next season. Yaya Toure is just one of many key players being heavily linked with a move away from the club and they must bring in world-class talent to bridge the gap on Chelsea. Both Arsenal and Manchester United are likely to strenghten, so the Citizens have to do the same.

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About Ben Ashton (226 Articles)

MLS and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor and writer for mlsgb.com. All views are my own.

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