possession of the ball. That’s very important.”
To score goals you need a few strikers, though… especially now that both Carlos Tevez (restless soul) and Mario Balotelli have jogged on, you mean? You’re not wrong, but City have moved to fill the breach by buying Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla (26 goals in La Liga last season), with ex-Fiorentina front-man Stevan Jovetic adding to a strong, new-look attack.
Any other new arrivals? City fans should be rightly excited about Jesus Navas, also signed from Sevilla. The right-winger has been tipped for great things by Andres Iniesta, who said: “Navas is a very special player. He has so much speed that it becomes nearly impossible to stop him without fouling him. The only player I can compare him with that’s already playing in England is Gareth Bale.” Meanwhile, Brazilian central midfielder Fernandinho has arrived from Shakhtar Donetsk.
So is Navas the star man? He might yet light up the Premier league but it's his compatriot David Silva who shines brightest at the Etihad, a wonderfully-gifted midfield magician.
And City continue to have big plans off the field? The proposed new capacity of the Etihad, if recent plans are to be accepted, is 60,000. Still 16,000 smaller than Old Trafford, of course.