Manchester City avoided a claret and blue banana skin to win a second Premier League crown and spark tearful scenes in scouse households the world over.
The Citizens are available to back as 7/4 favourites to retain their crown in 2014/15, though they can expect increased competition from Chelsea and Manchester United, amongst others, who are expected to bolster their already talented squads for a fresh assault on the top-tier title next term.
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They failed to string consecutive titles together after hoisting the Premier League pot in 2011/12 and may well fall short in their attempts to do the same unless they do all four of these things:
Buy a centre-back
Martin Demichelis’ stature elevated from pundit-abuse fodder to sturdy top-tier stopper in the closing months, but the ageing Argentine isn’t reliable enough a defenceman to be depended upon long-term.
There’s also certain to be a lack of reinforcements at hand with Joleon Lescott and, most likely, Micah Richards on their way this summer.
Ensure Joe Hart remains focussed
After some autumnal catastrophes, Manuel Pellegrini took the bold, but necessary course of action to drop England’s number one.
As the number of flakes in his scalp disappeared, his rate of a Premier League clean sheet every three outings improved to almost one per two games following his reintegration after a seven-match pre-Christmas absence.
Keep Edin Dzeko
The Bosnian behemoth has been frequently linked to moves away from the champions in the past, but his late-season goal surge proved how valuable he is.
He started each of their final five victorious games after being omitted from the starting XI for their surprise 2-2 draw with Sunderland, bagging as many goals to take his seasonal haul to a mammoth 28.
Sell Sergio Aguero
Dzeko’s diminutive strike partner is as lethal a finisher as they come, but his frequent injuries disrupt City’s rhythm.
The Citizens could land a Financial Fair Play deficit-eradicating sum of money for the Harvey Twoface-haircut Argentinian, whose inclusion in the team typically negates his Bosnian counterpart’s prowess.
Eight of the ex-Wolfsburg man’s last nine goals were scored when Aguero wasn’t on the field.