As the light blues welcome the arrival of new coach Manuel Pellegrini, questions are already being asked what needs to change to bring success.
The 59 year old Chilean will firstly need to assess what big earners need to go. The likes of Santa Cruz and Kolo Toure have gone and with interest in the likes of Gareth Barry and Carlos Tevez, more will surely follow shortly. The current squad is simply imbalanced.
Spreading the play
Predecessor Mancini favoured a narrow point of attack meaning no room for direct wingers. Already this summer has welcomed the arrival of silky winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla for £14.9 million that indictates width will feature prominently in the new structure.
The club can boast a quality back four with captain Kompany likely to lead from the back and youngster Nastasic improving with experience. The midfield balance needs to be reviewed with influential Yaya Toure being deployed in a regular role to gain some form.
The search for a new striker will also be key; the failure to land Robin Van Persie last summer hurt the team badly. Pellegrini has always favoured a powerful centre forward so a move for a player such as Aston Villa’s Chrisitan Benteke would seem plausible.
The new manager faces a challenge to unite the squad and remove the divisions created by the outgoing Italian. Keeper Joe Hart was irrational held responsible for a number of defeats last season which eventually impacted on his form. The debacle around Carlos Tevez also split the camp and wounds have yet to heal.
Finance is no object at City, expectation is very high and it is arguably a tougher job than the Chileans stint at an aging Real Madrid.