City target dynasty: Blues capable of dominating Premiership for years to come

Sports | 17 Apr 2018

Manchester City are setting their sights on establishing a dynasty in English football and finally conquering Europe after their relentless march to a third Premier League title in seven seasons.

Pep Guardiola's men have already matched one of the greatest sides of the Premier League era - Manchester United's 2000/2001 champions - by securing the title with five games to spare. The league points and goals records are also likely to be smashed by the end of the season but the true test of greatness will be what comes next.

"I want to see the reaction from us next season as I've never been able to retain a title," said club captain Vincent Kompany, a three-time Premier League winner.

Since City's Abu-Dhabi owners started pouring in hundreds of millions to the club's coffers a decade ago, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini have also delivered titles but never sustained success.

Guardiola, 47, has now won seven league titles in nine seasons as a manager in three countries after conquering La Liga and the German Bundesliga with Barcelona and Bayern Munich on multiple occasions.

His City contract expires at the end of next season but the club are confident he will extend for at least one extra year. "[City] are delighted with his impact," wrote Oliver Kay in The Times newspaper. "But winning the title was just one part of the mission ... they want to be champions again and again, establishing them as the dominant force in the Premier League."

Backed by a level of spending never seen before in English football, Guardiola has assembled a squad capable of dominating for years to come. "There will always be those who see the money spent as detracting from the beauty but Guardiola has also improved players and he has blended them to accentuate their assets," said Jonathan Wilson in the Guardian newspaper. "Yes, money has been spent but City have got full value for it."

Kompany, 32, paid tribute to Guardiola for getting the best out of his players. "Everyone that plays under him will have had success because of him ... he has the ability to unlock the full potential."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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