After breaking the chokehold that Manchester United and Chelsea have held since 2005, Manchester City appears poised to repeat this year, says Sportsnet soccer analyst and Soccer Central Matchday host Gerry Dobson.
MC won its first title in 44 years last season, this in spite of Argentinean forward Carlos Tévez, who only scored four goals in limited action thanks to a grievance he had with MC brass. That grievance has since disappeared, and Tévez, who notched 20 goals the previous season, is set to lead MC to victory, says Dobson. Another key player in MC’s court is striker Mario Balotelli, who shares Tévez’s skills and his temperament; and Yaya Touré, a defensive midfielder whom Dobson calls a “deadly player – as good as it gets defensively.”
With a record 19 English titles, including seven this century, Man U isn’t accustomed to losing. They responded to last season’s crushing loss to MC by immediately attaining Golden Boot winner Robin Van Persie, who now joins a starstudded roster that includes Wayne Rooney, second in scoring last season. Traditionally one of United’s strengths, the goalkeeper position could be a potential problem area this season with the young Spaniard David De Gea as keeper, says Dobson. Then again, they must have chosen him for a reason.
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Chelsea is still a contender with midfielder Frank Lampard and defender John Terry, and Newcastle United finished a strong fifth last season and boasts talent in forward Demba Ba, Papiss Demba Cisse and keeper Tim Krul.
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