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City's backbone - Kompany (33), Fernandinho (34), D. Silva (33), and Aguero (30) is aging. The only one who has a successor at par is D. Silva (B. Silva). Stones lacks Kompany's personality (as you point out) and Jesus is a good player but not Aguero levels, which are phenomenal and underrated. Fernandinho has no quality successor - they have been chasing one for over a year.
It'll be interesting to see if they can maintain their level next season (the pundits seem to auto-assume that they will).
I thought the same thing at first but they have options in midfield -
KDB and Foden should have a bigger impact next season. Guardiola's
reliance on tedious square passing protects the shitty defence but if
teams can get at that defence, then they're vulnerable. None of their
defenders are especially good, you wouldn't trust them in a one vs one
for example, even Laporte. As we've seen from Guardiola's teams in
Europe, under pressure, his shit defenders are exposed and crumble
because they're not used to being tested. It happened at Barcelona (who
can forget the magical beating Bayern gave them), it happened against
Liverpool last season and against Lyon and Spurs this season. If VAR is
implemented correctly, they should take several red cards for cheap shot
fouls. Whether Liverpool can take advantage of that is another matter as
Salah, Mane and Firmino will be playing in the AFCON and Copa America.
Klopp has done fantastically well in the transfer market. Two more high
quality signings and they can topple Man City.