Manchester City ended the 2019-2020 season with the only Carabao Cup to his list, the third won in a row. In other competitions, Pep Guardiola’s players have failed to repeat the same successes as last season (with a quadruple on the national level), the club having been eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by the OL (3-1), in the semi-final of the FA Cup by Arsenal (2-0), and looking at Liverpool and their 18-point lead in the English league.
Kevin De Bruyne, voted best player in the Premier League by the players ‘union, will obviously have an important role in Citizens’ new season. Author of 13 goals and 20 assists in the Premier League last season, he was clear on the shortcomings displayed by his team.
The newly-crowned PFA Player of the Year says players should not be afraid to ask for additional rest time next season, given the condensed fixture list caused by the global health pandemic.
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City played ‘fairly well’ but mistakes were fatal in the title race
In an interview with the club’s official website, he said: “Liverpool were behind on so many points a few years ago and then they got closer. It can change so quickly and I don’t think you can ever base a season on a point difference. Most of the time this year we’ve played pretty well, but we didn’t capitalize on the mistakes of the opponents and we made a few mistakes too many and the other teams scored goals and got points. “
Then to continue with a global synthesis: “This is the difference. I don’t think to say that much has changed compared to previous years, but if you make too many mistakes, you lose too many points. “
The Premier League will resume this weekend with in particular a poster between Liverpool, defending champion, and the Leeds of Marcelo Bielsa, promoted after a 16-year wait (Saturday 6.30 p.m.).
For their part, Manchester City will face Wolverhampton on September 21. This later recovery is motivated by the elimination against OL in the Champions League, which occurred on August 15. Indeed, it takes at least thirty days between the last match of the 2019-2020 season and the first of the 2020-2021 season.