Teko Modise is expecting Manchester City to not have it all their own way in their title defence after failing to replace Sergio Aguero.
“Playing against Manchester City, right now, you know what they are bringing,” says Modise.
City’s pre-season was hyped around not only Aguero’s exit but also the protracted pursuit of Harry Kane as his replacement.
It would appear that Spurs, who face City on Sunday, have been able to keep hold of their ace striker which directly weakens the team who walked away with honours at the top of the table last term.
“They have a false nine tactic and not much else. It’s predictable. I think it’s going to be tricky for Pep this season. It’s going to take everything in his skills to get City to defend their title contender especially considering the club’s Champions League ambitions.
“This all changes if they do get Harry Kane. But as of right now, I don’t think they will be able to score the kind of goals they have been known for without Aguero.”
Modise believes City’s crosstown rivals, Manchester United, will not be able to mount a serious title threat.
“Their transfer window wasn’t as good as many would think. They plugged a gap with bringing in Raphael Varane. But Jaden Sancho’s arrival still doesn’t fill the gap of their natural goal scorer. They have a lot of attacking players and the issue of Paul Pogba’s future continues to unsettle them.
“There are other teams ahead of them in the pecking orders. Both in what they’ve got in terms of squad as well as transfer windows.”
Modise believes Jurgen Klopp’s shrewd work in the transfer market could pay dividends. He thinks Liverpool will easily finish in the top four and if things go their way could be surprise threats to unseat City.
“The biggest movers will be Chelsea. If they get the Lukaku deal done, it will make them extremely dangerous. He’s an out and out scorer and adds a new dimension. They have a good squad and they showed their quality in the Champions League last season,” adds Modise.
Teams like Leicester City and Spurs will be dark horses, as usual, but at this stage Chelsea might be the ones to watch as they look to dethrone Guardiola’s City.
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