Using TruMedia’s research tool and expected-goals model, ESPN’s Ryan O’Hanlon writes that Manchester City is turning into a superteam:
Before last season kicked off, "a [Kevin de Bruyne] injury" was probably No. 1 on the List of Reasons Why City Won't Repeat. A KDB injury is exactly what happened; he played fewer than 1,000 minutes in 2018-19 after struggling with injuries, and yet City were basically as they good as they were the year before. In fact, according to TruMedia data, their expected-goal differential actually improved after the 100-point season. Guardiola has his third "superteam," but this time they don't have an irreplaceable superstar.
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