City Begin Defense of Premier League TitlePublished August 17, 2014 by Sol FH
Manchester City is on the road to face Newcastle today at 4:00pm UK time.
Manchester City had an excellent season last year and finished it off with the top honors over the Premier League. Their defense of the title begins today at 4:00 pm as they travel to Newcastle to face last year’s 10th place finisher.
Tonight will be the first glimpse at City for the 2014-15 Premier League season and all eyes will be on Manuel Pellegrini to see if his side has recovered from the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in pre-season action. In that game, Frank Lampard and Sergio Aguero were both unable to play but they have been seen practicing with City this week and could be on the roster for tonight.
Pellegrini feels like he has a deeper connection with his squad after last year, “'Last year we were in a different position than now. Now maybe I know the players a little more. They know me; they know the way I want to play.” An enormous issue they are facing this year is actually from Financial Fair-Play constraints, which means he will need to cut some talent from his team.
For Newcastle, tonight will be an uphill battle. They finished last year in 10th place and never looked as if they had what it takes to improve on that. They haven’t been able to move from mid-table for a few years now but with some new players and the home pitch, tonight could be different.
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