Premier League rich kids, Manchester City are gearing up this season to prove their worth! After Manchester City's outstanding performance during their 2014-2015 campaign, "The Citizens"; loss of the title to Leicester City in 2016 and relatively disappointing campaign last season was a shock to many.
With manager Pep Guardiola now settled many are predicting this will be their year to regain the Premier League title, and with StubHub now in possession of Manchester City tickets, this is your chance to join in the excitement on a more personal level! Featuring genuine footballing superstars such as prolific goalscorer Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne, who Guardiola himself praised for being "among the best players he has managed", this is definitely a team to watch, whichever game you intend to watch.
Manchester City's rise to prominence
Formed in the late nineteenth century, Manchester City has had its fair share of highs and lows, and despite success in both, the '60s and '70s, the following two decades proved particularly tough periods, with the team facing relegation all the way to the 3rd division!
The renowned team eventually established itself once more as a Premier League regular back in 2002, with the following 7 years proving to be a period of stability! Of course, good things can't last forever, and 2007 saw the ownership of Manchester City fall to former Thailand president Thaksin Shinawatra, whose allegations of corruption in Thailand against him lead to his assets being frozen! Throwing Man City's finances into turmoil, Shinawatra sold the club and a last-minute takeover deal was struck, with the, then unknown, Abu Dhabi United Group!
While many were left unsure of who exactly was the head of the group, it soon became apparent that Manchester City had struck gold! Finding out that the team's owner was none other than Sheikh Mansour, one of the wealthiest men in the world, with a family fortune estimated at an unfathomable $1 trillion US dollars! Needless to say, Manchester City now stands as one of the wealthiest teams in the world!
Manchester City in recent years
Unsurprisingly, since then the team has consistently produced impressive results! In fact, this new-look Man City has now won all the major trophies in English football - the Premier League (2012, 2014), the FA Cup (2011), the League Cup (2014, 2016) and the Community Shield (2012).
With Manuel Pellegrini in charge, the club saw a streak of success unprecedented in Manchester City's history, and Manchester City tickets soon began to be quickly snapped up. In 2014 Manchester City won the Premier League, scoring an impressive 86 points.
The next season saw Man City finish a respectable second, yet a long way off winners Chelsea, and suddenly Pellegrini's tenure as manager was not looking so secure. Add to that a Champions League exit at the hands (or feet) of footballing behemoths Barcelona and the writing seemed to be on the wall for the Chilean. He lasted another season, but it was a bridge too far. Leicester City were crowned champions in 2016 and Pep Guardiola came in to replace Manuel Pelligrini at an annual salary of £15 million per year, making him the highest paid manager in football.
Since their Abu Dhabi backing, Manchester City's spending has risen so much and had such a positive impact that they are now, undoubtedly, one of the most powerful teams in the Premier League!
So be right there with them as they throw everything they have to win the Premier League title in 2018. Buy your Manchester City tickets now, right here at StubHub, your one-stop-shop for all things tickets!