City, together with United, were given dispensation to start the season a week after the rest of the league due to their participation in last season’s European competitions.
The Covid-19 pandemic was still prevelant throughout the country, and the world, so it seemed that at least matches before the end of 2020 would still be played behind closed doors.
City hadn’t added to the squad since buying Nathan Ake and Ferren Torres at the end of the last campaign, and they both received their debuts at Molyneux, with Pep being unable to select seven regular starters due to either injury or positive Covid-19 tests. The team however coped very well and beat Wolves 3-1.
With so many players being unavailable City put out a very inexperienced team in the 3rd Round of the Carabao Cup, containing 5 teenagers and two 20 year olds, with debuts for Zak Steffen and 17 year old striker Liam Dilap, who scored a debut goal to help City dispose of Bournemouth 2-1.
After an encouraging first two games The club and fans were brought down to earth as, despite having 72% possession and 16 attempts at goal, they fell to a disastrous 5-2 defeat at home to Leicester, there were some glaring mistakes by the City defence,
Pep realising the team’s defensive frailties persuaded the board to outlay £61.6M plus addons to bring in 23 year old Portuguese centre half Ruben Dias from Benfica, with Nikolas Otamendi moving the other way as part of the deal.
Another inexperienced team then played at Burnley in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup, with Cole Palmer, another academy star making his debut, and helping City to a 3-0 victory.
The next day City’s Champions League group opponents were drawn, and at the same time Kevin De Bruyne was named UEFA’s European Midfielder of the Year for 2019/20.
Before the international break there was one more round of Premier League games, and City might have been disappointed with a very entertaining 1-1 draw at newly promoted Leeds, putting them 5 points behind champions Liverpool but a day later the scousers were humiliated in a 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa.
two days later the transfer window closed with Alex Garcia moving on a free to Dinamo Bucharest, and Tosin Adarabioyo moved to Fulham for 1.5M