Our Manchester City fans here in the Transfer Tavern are hoping for a big statement in all competitions after another transfer window of big spending for the Citizens.
If City are going to be a force to be reckoned with, this season has to bring silverware to the Etihad. Many of the regulars have already cashed out on their bets of City winning the Premier League, with a healthy gap between them and rivals Man United.
Even with a dip in form, the bar staff can’t see there being the swing United need to let them in the race for the title.
Pep Guardiola suffered his first defeat to the hands of Liverpool the other week, with many of the rivals looking on to see how they would cope, however, City have just carried straight on like ever before. That game could well go down as important in the context of the season, but there are a few other games over the coming weeks and months that could have huge implications.
If City are to bring Pep his first trophy to the club, our landlord takes a look at two fixtures that will define this season…
The first cup final of the season is always a big game if one of the teams are in the hunt for more trophies. Pep and his squad will be hoping to bring that all important first bit of silverware to his reign in hoping to kick-start a glut of success at the Etihad.
The Carabao Cup isn’t the most prestigious of trophies, but a win in the competition would certainly put down a big marker for Guardiola.
If City can get this one over the line, it will create a huge momentum drive towards the end of the season and it could all but give the Premier League to the Citizens.
The final Premier League Manchester derby of the season could be one that will confirm City as Premier League Champions, but a game at home against their closest rivals needs to end in a win for Pep’s team.
The rivalry between the two clubs has certainly upped its game in recent seasons, and with the addition of the two managers to each of the clubs, this has only heightened the tension.
City could assert themselves as the premium club, not only in the League but also in Manchester more directly. This one is huge.