Although Manchester City fell short in their bid to win an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, it shouldn’t take anything away from their incredibly successful season.
European glory may have eluded them, but the same cannot be said about matters back home and after securing the first ever domestic major treble in English football, there was a long period of celebrating to follow.
However, those celebrations cannot last forever and although we are currently in the off-season, Pep Guardiola’s plans to win a third successive Premier League title will have already begun in earnest.
After being pushed all the way by Liverpool in last season’s race for the championship, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager will be expecting the Merseyside outfit to present just as stern a challenge next time around.
Especially as Jurgen Klopp’s men are the current kings of the continent and after winning the Champions League final, they will now look to use that success as a springboard to greater things back home.
This means we could be in for another enthralling quest for domestic dominance. But if City are to make it three titles wins in a row, they are going to have to do so without their captain fantastic.
That’s because Vincent Kompany has called time on his Etihad stint and now he is ready to embark on the next chapter career, one that sees him become the new Anderlecht player-manager.
Even without the resource of the 33-year-old, many believe that the defending champions are still well placed to come out on top next May and this feeling is reinforced, when looking at the latest Premier League betting.
Bet365 have City as clear favourites at 8/11 and although it might not be the most generous of prices, it could be where the smart money goes between now and the culmination of another nine months of top-flight action.
Losing a player of Kompany’s ilk leaves huge boots to fill and although a replacement will more than likely be sourced, it could be that keeping other players happy is the biggest challenge of all.
With such a talented group to choose from, it is akin to spinning plates at times and after two seasons at the club, the likes of Ilkay Gundogan and Danilo are now weighing up whether or not to search for pastures new.
This means that the squad depth that has been such a huge asset to Pep Guardiola in recent times, could start to shallow. If that proves to be the case, the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham will be ready to supersede them.
At the same time, City have the experience of winning league titles and this already puts them one step ahead of their rivals. Competing is one thing, having the ability to get over the line is another and for this reason alone, the defending champions are well placed to continue their Premier League dominance next season.