PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW
It took a late twist of fate in their favour, but Manchester City ended last season with their ambitious owners’ bold plan roughly back on track.
When added to the Capital One Cup, what could have been a frustrating season in succession was transformed into a highly successful one – the club’s most trophy-laden, in fact, since 1970.
The progress of City since Sheikh Mansour took them over in 2008 has been remarkable and the dreams of establishing a new powerbase in European football are well and truly alive.
Playmaker Samir Nasri, who signed a new five-year contract in the summer, said: “When you play for Manchester City at this time it is like playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona. The expectation is really high.
“The owners invest a lot of money to buy new players every year to make the team better. We have to win titles.
“We won the league two times in three years and finished second. We won the FA Cup, Capital One Cup - we have won everything in England.
“Now we have to see the bigger picture and try to do something in the Champions League.”