Record-breaking Manchester City stick with winning formula
London :For a club who have become accustomed to spending heavily in each transfer window, this has been a quiet close-season for Manchester City. But such was Pep Guardiola’s team’s domination of the Premier League last season that reinforcements hardly seemed necessary and the solitary addition of Riyad Mahrez makes an already potent attack even more fearsome. Algerian Mahrez, a key figure in Leicester City’s shock 2016 title win, has been brought in for a reported 60 million pounds ($78 million), and will compete with Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane for a place in City’s flexible forward line. With Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus battling for the starting centre forward role and David Silva indispensable as the link between midfield and attack, Guardiola has abundant options. The return to fitness of French full back Benjamin Mendy, who made such a promising start to life at the Etihad before an injury in September cut short his season, will also give fresh impetus to the champions. For those who see an improving Liverpool as a real threat to City and Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur fans who hope for an open fight for the title, it is worth remembering just how dominant City were last season. City were the first team to reach 100 points in a Premier League season and finished 19 points clear of their closest rivals United — another Premier League record.