Season Start: August 18, 2013
Season End: May 11, 2014
With last season’s disappointment of failing to defend their Premier League crown at the hands of Manchester United, Manchester City are trying a new approach. With a new coach and significantly improved signings, Manuel Pellegrini has issued a warning to their rivals with a fresh and exciting attacking form of play in order to cross the finishing line on top.
City take on Newcastle United at the Etihad in a mouth-watering opening fixture, live on Sky Sports. New signings including £30m Fernandinho, Spanish winger Jesus Navas and forwards Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic will be expected to feature.
Game five sees the clash of the Manchester titans as City battle against United in the blue half of the city. City’s growth has intensified the derby immensely. Early bragging rights will be up for grabs whilst it will give both Pellegrini and David Moyes a taste of the job at hand.
A tough mid-season awaits the Citizens, with nine games in less than three weeks; Man City take on four out of the five biggest rivals in the league. Firstly, Arsenal visit the Etihad eleven days before Christmas in a game which should showcase a high level of pace and precision passing. Boxing Day brings Liverpool to Manchester and this is closely followed by the ever intense battle away to Tottenham. Three days later, City travel back home to host Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to open 2014 in style.
Ground: City of Manchester Stadium (Capacity: 47,726)
Owner: Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Chairman: Khaldoon Al Mubarek
Manager: Manuel Pelligrini (Chilean)