We have the 5 subs rule in PL now and opportunities in CL, FA Cup, and The League Cup. Our midfield is not consistent and is ravaged by injuries, there'll be ample opportunity for the cream to rise to the top.
Our recruitment has relied heavily on individuals for a set best XI and we invariably suffer because of this. We need competition for places in every department of the squad because our rivals are getting stronger.
Man City have never had a set best XI, Pep's recruitment has been to have similar quality in most places it's why they are dominant over the course of a PL season. Yes, we can have cup runs but it bites us on our a..ss in the PL.