Man City and Pep Guardiola will not be satisfied until they have won the Champions League, however back-to-back league titles has been impressive from the Spaniard’s side. They will be favourites for the league again next season and will hope to do better in their pursuit of European glory.
It is difficult to see where City can improve. Rodri and Joao Cancelo are two players the Citizens have been closely linked with this summer and both would be useful additions, although perhaps not improving their starting line-up straight away.
RealSport looks at who could improve next season on FIFA 20.
Ederson (OVR 86 – 88)
Very impressive in his second season, the Brazilian is due for an upgrade as he has proved to be one of the best goalkeepers on the planet. An 88 overall in-line with Alisson seems fair for the two outstanding keepers from last season as they battled it out for the Golden Glove.
Kyle Walker (OVR 84 – 84)
Rapid fullback Kyle Walker could have competition in defence if Joao Cancelo arrives from Juventus, however the England star is versatile and could form part of a back three should Guardiola go down that route. Cancelo arriving would open the door for Danilo to seal a move away and Walker will be keen to improve on the one assist he registered last season if he is battling for a starting spot.
John Stones (OVR 82 – 83)
After a strong start under Pep Guardiola, injuries and inconsistency have plagued Stones’ progression. In England’s recent Nations League matches it was Stones who looked shaky in defence however expect to see him start for Man City next season following Vincent Kompany’s departure. City’s performances last season should be enough to see Stones receive a slight upgrade to an 83 overall.
Aymeric Laporte (OVR 84 – 86)
Aymeric Laporte was Man City’s outstanding defender in his first full season in the Premier League. Three goals and three assists in 35 league appearances is an excellent return for the Frenchman and he will form the backbone of Guardiola’s defence. Who partners Laporte remains to be seen but Laporte should receive an upgrade on FIFA 20 after his fine season.
Benjamin Mendy (OVR 81 – 81)
Flying left back Benjamin Mendy racked up five assists in the ten games he managed this season. Injuries have played a big part of his career in Manchester to date and he could struggle to regain his place from Oleksandr Zinchenko in the starting line-up. The Frenchman has not played enough to warrant an upgrade, however a full season with the number of assists he can provide would see him improve dramatically.
Fernandinho (OVR 87 – 87)
Veteran midfield Fernandinho provides the defensive stability in midfield that allows his colleagues to flow forward freely and create chances. The Brazilian will be difficult to replace, with Guardiola looking at Atletico Madrid’s Rodri and West Ham’s Declan Rice. 34-year-old Fernandinho is unlikely to improve on FIFA 20 and will keep his 87 overall.
Kevin De Bruyne (OVR 91 – 91)
Position: CAM, CM
Belgian superstar only played in half of Man City’s league games last season and could not register the same numbers as his outstanding 2017/18 season. Injury prevented the midfielder from producing his best form last season and Man City will hope he can get back to his best as they prepare for another assault on the Champions League. De Bruyne is unlikely to see a change in his overall on FIFA 20 as he struggled for fitness last season.
David Silva (OVR 89 – 89)
Position: CAM, CM
Destined to go down as one of Man City’s greatest players, David Silva partners De Bruyne as Guardiola’s chief creators in midfield. Silva scored six and assisted eight in the Premier League last season as he won his 11th trophy during his time in Manchester. 33-year-old Silva is another player unlikely to receive an upgrade on FIFA 20.
Bernardo Silva (OVR 84 – 87)
Position: RW, CM, CAM
Seven goals and eight assists don’t tell the whole story as Bernardo Silva enjoyed a phenomenal season for the Citizens. The Portuguese star often played in midfield because of De Bruyne’s injury and put in big performances in big games, notably against Liverpool when he broke the record for distance covered in a match. The tireless 24-year-old should see his overall propelled up to 87 as he joins the best players in the world
Sergio Aguero (OVR 89 – 89)
Man City’s record goalscorer racked up 32 goals in all competitions and narrowly missed out on the Premier League Golden Boot. Another player that City will find tough to replace when he feels his time is up in Manchester, Aguero will continue to score goals next season when surrounded by the quality players Guardiola has assembled. Aguero is unlikely to see a change to his 89 overall on FIFA 20.
Raheem Sterling (OVR 87 – 88)
Position: RW, LW
Raheem Sterling had a fantastic season in 2018/19, registering 17 goals and 12 assists as he continues to mature as a player. Guardiola has improved Sterling’s all-round game as the 24-year-old is delivering more end product than ever before. His form should see an improvement to 88 overall as he is one of the best wingers in the world.
On the Bench
Arijanet Muric (OVR 61 – 66) looks set to battle Zack Steffen (OVR 75 – 77) as Ederson’s deputy next season and should see an improvement to his 61 OVR. Scott Carson (OVR 73 – 73) a similar situation to Rob Green at Chelsea, unlikely to play at all this season.
Full backs Oleksandr Zinchenko (OVR 71 – 76) and Joao Cancelo (OVR 84 – 84) who arrived this summer from Piemonte Calcio in return for Danilo.
Argentine Nicolas Otamendi (OVR 86 – 83) provides the seniority in the central defensive ranks and with Vincent Kompany departing, one of City’s youngsters could get an opportunity.
In midfield, German Ilkay Gundogan (OVR 84 – 83) and Fabian Delph (OVR 80 – 79) offer versatility, although it could be teenager Phil Foden (OVR 73 – 76) that shines next season. Foden is likely to see his 73 overall increase as he continues to produce eye-catching displays, most recently against France under-21s with a superb solo goal. The acquisition of Rodri (OVR 83 – 84) for a club record fee of £62 million, looks to be the succession plan for life after the 34-year-old Fernandinho. Expect the Spaniard to be in the starting lineup by the turn of the year.
In the wide areas there is uncertainty over who will be at the club come the start of the season. Both Leroy Sane (OVR 86 – 86) and Riyad Mahrez (OVR 85 – 85) have been linked with departures this summer and City will need to replace at least one of them.
Gabriel Jesus (OVR 83 – 83) will be Guardiola’s second choice striker, and the Brazilian will have to prove he is the man to fill Aguero’s boots when the Argentine leaves City.
Man City FIFA 20 predicted lineup
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