Manchester City's Yaya Toure races up the field in the new Nike away shirt during the club's preseason tour of Asia.

Manchester City is all about Style

Manchester City enters the 2013-2014 season with something to prove. New manager Manuel Pellegrini wants his English Premier League team to win “with style,” and what better start than with the stylish new black away jersey from Nike.

In addition to changes in front office personnel, coaching staff and the squad, City begins its first season with Nike. The 2013-2014 away jersey combines elements of old and new City. The eye-catching black and grey design pays tribute to the earliest days of the club, formed as St. Marks in 1880. The club name was changed to Ardwick Association Football Club in 1887 until 1894. It was Ardwick AFC that wore a similar half-black, half-charcoal kit in the 1890-91 campaign. The jersey is a dynamic look for a team expecting dynamic things on the pitch.

The jersey features the club crest, Nike swoosh and sponsor’s logo all in gold, “to represent the club’s recent success,” according to Manchester City’s officials. The jersey is made of recycled polyester, and weighs just 5 ounces. The new Manchester City jersey is 23 percent lighter than previous Nike jerseys.  Although extremely lightweight, the knit is 20 percent stronger with improved stretch.  Tiny ventilation holes and a mesh panel across the back provide increased cooling.

Pelligrini’s underdog Villareal and Malaga teams both advanced to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. City fans will expect similar results for this year’s talented squad. The club has spent big in the summer to add to the offensive attack, acquiring strikers Stevan Jovetić and Álvaro Negredo. Fernandinho will strengthen the midfield, while Jesús Navas will add a threat on the right wing.

Captain Vincent Kompany says that Pellegrini “has brought flair to the club.”  “Whatever he’s done so far is done with a lot of class and method,” the Belgian defender added.  The blue side of Manchester hopes style, flair and a new attitude will equal trophies.

New manager, new season … new must-have jersey.