Man City still looks to struggle to score goals and they were at the bottom of the table tied with Watford with 29 last season. Where are the goals going to come from this season? Joey Barton has gone.
Man City improved in midfield with the addition of Martin Petrov. The news got better with Elano Blumer set to join City from Shakhtar Donetsk. We saw Elano in the Copa finals against Argentina when he came on for Gilberto who was suspended. Elano played well making some dangerous forays down the right and assisted in the Baptista goal before being substituted by Dani Alves.
As per Dunga, Elano represents his vision for the future Brazilian team. Technically sound, eschews flashiness, uses both feet well, and leverages both attack and defense with intelligent passing. If Elano is the quintessential Dunga player, fellow Brazilian player Geovanni will probably never see Brazil duty. It will be upto Sven Goran Erickson to tap Geovanni's considerable but inconsistent talent.
City are quite strong at the back and this again looks to be their main strength. They were one of the stingier defenses and they have a strong back four with perpetual transfer favourite, Micah Richards, leading the way.
I think City could spring a few surprises. But they still have to find a quality striker to give them goals. Nery Castillo came close but he turned them down to move to Shakhtar Donetsk. Darius Vasell and Paul Dickov are past their prime and even at their best were not goal scorers. Samaras and Corradi have been disappointing. That leaves Mpenza who has shown promise in his brief appearances and new signing Rolando Bianchi, a Serie standout as their main goal scoring threats.