Man City season simulated after Jack Grealish transfer and Cristiano Ronaldo failure – Manchester Evening News

The curtains have closed on what’s been one of the biggest and most exciting transfer windows of all time, and Manchester City played a major part in that as they spent £100 million in a bid to defend their Premier League title.

It was a transfer window of mixed emotions for City. They managed to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa for a Premier League record fee but Pep Guardiola was unable to directly replace the departed Sergio Aguero after failed attempts in bringing in Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo, with the latter joining rivals Manchester United.

Apart from Grealish, the only other signing for City was goalkeeper Scott Carson’s one-year deal after his release from Derby County.

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Aguero and Eric Garcia both left the club on free transfers at the beginning of the summer to Barcelona, whilst Jack Harrison made his spell at Leeds United permanent for a reported £11 million, and Lukas Nmecha left the club for German side Wolfsburg for the same fee.

So, what could happen in the rest of the 2021/22 Premier League season for Man City?

Will it be another stroll to the Premier League title, or will City’s lack of a striker come back to bite them in their hunt for the title?

To simulate the season, we used the Football Manager 2021 editor to update the teams involved in the Premier League, with each club having their updated transfers added into the database.

Let’s see what happened!

We simulated Manchester City’s 2021/22 Premier League season

City had a great campaign in their title defending season, and the standout player was Kevin De Bruyne, with the midfielder’s average rating per game being an incredible 8.15 – the highest in the league as he won the Premier League player of the year award.

Kevin De Bruyne topped the average rating list in the Premier League simulation
Kevin De Bruyne topped the average rating list in the Premier League simulation

The Belgian midfielder grabbed the player of the match award in 16 of his 35 Premier League starts, proving his vitality to Guardiola’s side.

In that time, De Bruyne was one the best creators in the league as he managed 16 assists as well as scoring nine times along the way.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were also extremely impressive for City in the simulation, with the duo both finishing in the top four scorers in the league.

Ronaldo finished as the league top scorer in the 2021/22 simulation
Ronaldo finished as the league top scorer in the 2021/22 simulation

Sterling finished as the second-highest scoring player in the league with 19 goals, whilst Bernardo Silva finished in fourth as he tallied an impressive 17 goals from a more advanced right-wing position.

At the end of the 2021/22 season, Football Manager 2021 put together an overall best Man City XI, based on performances, statistics and other metrics.

This is how the best City XI looked in 2021/22 according to FM21.

City's best XI from the 2021/22 simulated season
City’s best XI from the 2021/22 simulated season

Full Man City best XI: Ederson; Walker, Laporte, Dias, Ake; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Silva, Jesus, Sterling.

The incredible performances from Sterling and Silva on the wings mean that there was no room in City’s best XI for both Grealish or Phil Foden, once again highlighting the incredible squad depth at Guardiola’s disposal.

Here’s how the 2021/22 Premier League table looked at the end of May 2022.

Premier League top seven in the 21/22 simulation
Premier League top seven in the 21/22 simulation

It was an extremely successful season for City in the 2021/22 simulation as they defended their league title with ease.

They finished on 91 points at the end of the season, putting them 11 points clear of Chelsea in second place and 13 ahead of Man United in third.

Compared to last season, City earned five more points, scored five more goals and conceded five fewer goals – ultimately an improvement in all departments on last season.

Overall, despite an opening day defeat to Spurs, the simulation predicts that Guardiola’s side could go on to lose only two more games throughout the rest of the campaign as they make it back-to-back Premier League titles.

Would you be happy with this outcome at the end of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign? Let us know in the comments below!

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