Manchester City’s quest for a cup treble continues

Manchester City are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup after an emphatic 4-0 win against Scott Parker’s Fulham. Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and a Gabriel Jesus brace ensured City’s quest for a cup treble continued in a season that could still be an impressive one.

Despite being 16 points behind leaders Liverpool in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City find themselves in good stead in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and the Champions League, a trophy that has eluded the blue side of Manchester. Continue reading

Manchester City: International duty watch

Leroy Sane

Just as Manchester City regained control over Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title, international football kicked in. Let’s face it, we all love it at such a vital stage in the season. A total of 13 players from Pep Guardiola’s first team have been called up to their respective nations with Euro 2016 qualifiers, friendlies, Africa Cup of National qualifiers and U21 in full swing. Continue reading

Manchester City: Planning already well underway for next season


Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League after Pep Guardiola’s side dominated possession against Bournemouth in a 1-0 victory on Saturday while Liverpool failed to beat Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday afternoon.

The table makes good reading for City fans with the club now one point ahead of their title challengers, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who have spent most of the campaign top while the Citizens have an easier run in compared to their counterparts. Continue reading

Etihad Stadium’s Expansion: Worth it or Futile?


etihad_stadium09English giants Manchester City have gone from strength to strength since 2008 when the club was acquired by billionaire Sheikh Mansoor with the constant struggle in the initial years’ largely forgotten by the supporters. The same opponents who deemed the prospect of acquiring 3 points against the Citizens as nothing short of a cakewalk earlier now shiver in fear at the prospect of battling it out against Pep Guardiola’s outfit.

This has been largely possible due to the finances pumped in at regular intervals by the owners who have ensured a regular flow of finances through thick and thin. At the same time, there have been astute investments at play as well especially in the transfer market. Manchester City opted to invest in quality acquisitions like Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany during a stage when clubs were increasingly orthodox when it came to pulling off transfer deals with the benefits increasingly evident currently.

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EPL Best XI – Riyad Mahrez leads the way

Riyad Mahrez

The sixth weekend of the Premier League season saw Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea maintain their unbeaten starts to the campaign, while Burnley picked up their first three points of 2018-19 with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth. Let’s take a look at which players made our Best XI of the Weekend.

GK: Petr Cech, Arsenal – seven points
With eight teams keeping clean sheets this weekend, EPL Fantasy managers picked up plenty of points from goalkeepers and defenders. Petr Cech was key in the first half of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Everton, earning himself seven points.

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Fantasy repercussions of Manchester City’s title win

Nicholas Carroll is back with another video preview for some of this weekend’s biggest fixtures across the Premier LeagueLa Liga and Serie A.

While Manchester City clinched the league title last weekend, Juventus have the chance to all but secure the Scudetto against second placed Napoli in Italy.

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Man City win Premier League Title While Guardiola Plays Golf


Man City were finally crowned Premier League champions this past weekend, ending what feels like months of inevitability as Pep Guardiola’s men took the most coveted prize in English football. What was strange, though, was that it ironically wasn’t City’s own heroics that directly secured the title, but the workrate of the Premier League’s basement club somewhere else in the city.

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Sane Absence Won’t Hinder Man City With Bernardo Silva Waiting In The Wings


News broke earlier today that Leroy Sane will miss around six or seven weeks of action after suffering ankle ligament damage during Man City’s FA Cup Fourth Round win at Cardiff at the weekend.

While Sane is clearly a gifted and influential player, and despite how obviously unfortunate this news is, the fact is that City will hardly miss a beat without the 22-year-old.

Now, that statement may seem harsh – Sane has a wonderful mix of youth and passion for the sport, and is visibly enjoying life at the Etihad. His contribution so far this season must also not be overlooked – he is an important part of Pep Guardiola’s plans. Continue reading

Could Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan Follow Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool?


Despite playing down talk of a mid-season transfer spree with Liverpool, new manager Jurgen Klopp will have a host of targets in mind to strengthen the playing squad. The Reds have real potential in certain areas, but are lacking quality in the midfield which could be why they continue to fall short in the Premier League.

It’s common to see a new manager bring at least one of their former players when joining a new club, and it’s taken little time for rumours to arise about Klopp selecting standout stars from ex-club Borussia Dortmund in an attempt to put his early stamp on the Merseysiders. He’s expected to be given lucrative funds to lure players in, so next summer could see a wholesale changes.

But while BVB duo Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are being viewed as the solution to the Reds’ attacking woes, the real deficiency is in the middle of the park – something Klopp could rectify with Dortmund‘s Ilkay Gundogan, a player who has been on the radar of Liverpool’s for some time. His influence in the Dortmund side has been telling, and he could have a really positive influence in the Liverpool midfield if he can be convinced to make the switch.

The German international, 24, has transformed into one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga during his three years at the Westfalenstadion. A creative and composed box-to-box talent, Gundogan was perfectly engrained in Klopp’s high-pressing and fast counter-attacking philosophy at Dortmund, and he’ll want real aficionados of the style to help the existing Liverpool players.

Gundogan is highly industrious, and operates at the heart of the midfield. He could eventually be playing alongside the likes of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can in the future, and such a trio in the Liverpools midfield would look a lot more menacing to their opposition. Under Klopp, Gundogan showcased a good eye for goal, and an even better eye for a pass, so he’d surely take little time to adapt in England.

The 24-year-old’s attributes aren’t just limited to his proficiency going forward, however, with the former Nurnberg man providing adequate protection in the middle of the park, averaging a tackle or interception every 24 minutes. He shares a lot of similarities to Jordan Henderson in terms of his playing style, but the speed of his play and tactical awareness are unparalleled.

Klopp is sure to enquire about his services when the January transfer window nears, or at the end of his first season, as Gundogan is a player who could really turn Liverpool’s fortunes around.