Last Season City Were 15 Goals From 5th Place
BlueWolfie sent us the following.
Much has been said (and continues to be said) about who is on the way to Manchester City, but with our current squad itching to go, it can be argued that we have quite possibly the strongest attack line ever seen in the Premiership.
Of course that accounts for nothing if City are literally leaking goals at the back as they did last season however, now that Hughes has turned his attention to the back-line (thankfully), a repeat of last season should be just a distant memory.
Which brings me to an interesting point.
Now you may or may not be aware but during season 2008/09 we missed out on gaining a point (or winning) by a solitary goal, no less than 15 times. One could argue that this is a mute point (pardon the pun), because all teams could look back at last season and say the same sort of thing, and blame it on tiredness, injuries, cup competitions, dubious off-sides, being crap, and so on.
But, with City building a team that has only one purpose, one can be forgiven for thinking that this time it will be a little different. Those games which involved a one goal deficit could have earned us valuable points, therefore they should be now few and far between. Of course, they will still happen, they always do.
But had we have scored just one more goal in those 15 games, we would have actually finished in 5th place (this is also accounting for points taken away from the sides above us) with 69 points. Just one goal in each game, and that was with last season's squad. Fast forward to the start of the 2009/10 campaign and with the potential squad we will have (and to an extent, already have), 5th place should be a walk in the park, should it not?
The strongest front line ever PLUS, a solid back line? Methinks the 'top four' should be worried. Very worried indeed!