Man City 2023/24 – Team Analysis

Discover the strengths and standout features of Manchester City’s 2023/24 squad in our in-depth analysis. From a formidable midfield to solid defense and attacking firepower, explore what makes Guardiola’s team a force to be reckoned with in the current season.



Josko GvardiolCentre-Back21CroatiaRB Leipzig€90.0m
Matheus NunesCentral Midfield25PortugalWolves€62.0m
Jeremy DokuRight Winger21BelgiumStade Rennais€60.0m
Mateo KovacicCentral Midfield29CroatiaChelsea€30.0m

Manchester City’s bought only 4 players, however they have made significant investments. Their summer signings include Josko Gvardiol from RB Leipzig (€90.0m) to bolster their defense, Matheus Nunes from Wolves (€62.0m) and Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea (€30.0m) to strengthen midfield. Belgian winger, Jeremy Doku from Stade Rennais (€60.0m) also joined to add flair to their attack. These moves reflect City’s commitment to staying competitive in all competitions.

Notable departures

Cole PalmerAttacking Midfield21EnglandChelsea€47.0m
Riyad MahrezRight Winger32AlgeriaAl-Ahli€35.0m
Aymeric LaporteCentre-Back29SpainAl-Nassr€27.5m
Yangel HerreraCentral Midfield25VenezuelaGirona€5.0m
Ilkay GundoganCentral Midfield32GermanyBarcelonafree transfer
Benjamin MendyLeft-Back29FranceFC Lorientfree transfer
Joao CanceloRight-Back29PortugalBarcelonaloan transfer

Manchester City witnessed a series of departures during the summer transfer window. Notably, promising talent Cole Palmer moved to Chelsea for €47.0 million, while veteran Riyad Mahrez transferred to Al-Ahli for €35.0 million. Aymeric Laporte joined Al-Nassr for €27.5 million, Yangel Herrera departed for City Group owned Girona for €5.0 million, and Ilkay Gundogan made a free transfer to Barcelona. Joao Cancelo also joined the Catalan club on a loan transfer. Additionally, Benjamin Mendy left for FC Lorient as a free transfer. These moves signal both changes and opportunities for City as they adapt their squad for future challenges.


Manager: Pep Guardiola

2DFENGKyle Walker (Senior leader)
3DFPORRúben Dias (Senior leader)
4MFENGKalvin Phillips
5DFENGJohn Stones
6DFNEDNathan Aké
8MFCROMateo Kovačić
9FWNORErling Haaland
10MFENGJack Grealish
11MFBELJérémy Doku
13GKUSAZack Steffen
16MFESPRodri (Senior leader)
17MFBELKevin De Bruyne (Senior leader)
18GKGERStefan Ortega
19FWARGJulián Álvarez
20MFPORBernardo Silva (Senior leader)
21DFESPSergio Gómez
24DFCROJoško Gvardiol
25DFSUIManuel Akanji
27MFPORMatheus Nunes
33GKENGScott Carson
47MFENGPhil Foden
52MFNOROscar Bobb
82DFENGRico Lewis

Manchester City’s squad boasts a blend of experience and youthful talent across the field. In defense, stalwarts like Kyle Walker, Rúben Dias, and John Stones provide stability, while Nathan Aké and Joško Gvardiol offer depth and promise.

Even though KDB is injured for a while, the midfield is enriched by the likes of Mateo Kovačić, Jack Grealish and Rodri, providing creative brilliance and solid control of the game.

Upfront, Erling Haaland, Julián Álvarez, and the versatile Jérémy Doku ensure a potent attacking force, complemented by the playmaking abilities of Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden.

With this squad, Manchester City possesses a well-rounded team capable of excelling in all areas of the pitch, making them strong contenders in domestic and international competitions. Another Champions League trophy incoming?

Possible Starting 11

Ederson is City’s number one goalkeeper, no question here. Walker has been most games at RB this season, but this is possibly due to Akanji being forced to play CB, as Stones is injured. Ruben Dias is the heart of the defense, Gvardiol plays both CB and LB depending on the match. Ake is similar.

In midfield, Rodri and Matheus Nunes seems to be starting most games, however Kovacic is also playing often. Due to KDB’s injury, Julian Alvarez is playing as CAM, he is an attacker by trade though. City has lots of options for the wings, apart from Bernardo Silva and Foden, we also see Doku and Grealish playing. Up top it’s Haaland.