Sergio Aguero believes Manchester City have improved since last season.
The Blues surrendered their Premier League title to rivals United without much of a fight last term, and suffered more heartache when they surprisingly lost the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic in May. This resulted in the departure of coach Roberto Mancini, despite his record of winning two major honours during his stint in Manchester.
Manuel Pellegrini is the new man charged with brining more glory to the Etihad Stadium, yet he was powerless to prevent Carlos Tevez leaving the club. The Argentine was down to the final 12 months of his contract at City, who decided to offload him in the summer to Juventus rather than see him leave for nothing next year.
Whilst the departure of the former United striker is a loss for the Blues, they have drafted in Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic to shake up their attacking options. And with Brazilian international Fernandinho signed to add more muscle to their midfield, Aguero believes they are now a stronger outfit than last season.
“Carlos has moved on and he was a great team-mate,” he said in The Sun. “He’s going to be missed but we wish him the best in his next step. But I always keep a close eye on Spanish football and Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo were two of its brightest stars. Having them in our side makes us stronger – the same applies to Fernandinho and Stevan.”
City are yet to find their top gear this season, but have managed two wins either side of a shock defeat to Premier League new-boys Cardiff City. Of course, the majority of their personnel are now on international duty with their respective countries, and they resume club duties with the trip to Stoke City on 14 September.
In other news, it has been confirmed that Martin Demichelis, who was signed for £4million to bolster their back four and deputise for the injured Vincent Kompany, faces six weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury. The former Malaga and Atletico Madrid man, 32, has yet to kick a ball for his new club after only recently arriving in Manchester.