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Manchester City has finally done it! The beloved team turned up to show their worth in Istanbul, at the beginning of June, and defeated Inter Milan with Rodri scoring the decisive goal.
With victory secured now, what comes next? They`ve won the domestic league for four out of the past five seasons and have a strong settled squad so it seems like nobody can stop them.
Real Madrid have set the standard in European competition in the past few years, winning three titles in a row. It now seems the City has usurped them as the team to beat, especially as they`re now ranked the favourites for next year`s competition. For example, if we consider the murmurings on outright markets around the world, we`d see that Manchester City is priced at 2/1 to regain their trophy for the following season. This is, at least, according to the sites for those who are online betting in Zambia. Nonetheless, odds can also already be found on individual matches, with markets on correct score and goalscorer emerging.
Historically, Liverpool have been Manchester City`s closest challengers in the past few seasons and they are priced at long odds of 7.5/1. Based not only on their odds but their respective squads, it seems City is well-placed to regain their titles next season.
Pep Guardiola has worked wonders with his squad. Critics will point out that he has had unlimited money to spend with no obstacle in his way to creating one of the best squads in the world, but there`s definitely more to it. Guardiola`s predecessors weren’t able to have the same success in charge of the club and he has now made winning the domestic league the minimum requirement. However, reports surrounding his future suggest he will only stay two more seasons.
As the world of football management is hard to predict, it remains to be seen who will replace him. Before he took the Chelsea job, Graham Potter may have been in contention. Unfortunately, the likes of Mauricio Pochetino and Julian Nagelsmann are unlikely to be considered at this stage. Xavi is doing a good job at Barcelona and with the close links between the two clubs, he might be the most likely replacement, depending on the next two years.
While the manager might change soon, the squad of players seem settled. Jack Grealish, Nathan Ake, on his way to Nations League duty, and Ederson are all approaching their prime while Rico Lewis, Phil Foden and Erling Haaland are all in their early twenties. With unlimited funds at their disposal, the squad can be refreshed easily taking into account injuries and player dissatisfaction. A new manager might not get the same tune Guardiola did out of the next group of players, but they will continue to remain successful.
The future of some players such as Ilkay Gundogan is uncertain going into the summer break but if he leaves, management will have a plan in place to replace him. It will be the second consecutive summer they have lost their captain but the chances are it won’t make much difference. The City juggernaut will continue apace leaving their rivals in their dust.