On September 27th, 2020, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City fell to an unexpected 5-2 defeat to Leicester City at the Etihad
Here’s the story behind its creation and how it went from being planned to be smuggled into the UEFA-controlled Etihad Stadium on matchday to it being revealed in the city’s most iconic park.
It’s no secret who the best two sides in the country are. A massive hint being the 34 mile trip across the M62 to play each other reflects the local veracity when Man City and Liverpool come head to head.
The Premier League has been blessed with rivalries through the decades whether it was the two Manchester clubs being split on the final day by that Aguero goal or the continuous title charges from Liverpool to knock Manchester United off their perch.
Since the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City following Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool all the attention has been on this clash of the titans.
But is this a flash in the pan or the dawn of a new era of total possession colliding with gegenpressing in epic contests for years to come.
City performances have slipped from the standard they’ve set the last two seasons which has accumulated 198 points and two Premier Leagues titles as they sit second in the league, 25 points in the league.
Using City Xtra matchday player ratings has led to a lot of low matchday average scores amongst Pep Guardiola’s squad as well as some surprisingly consistent performers.
Debate: Are Guardiola’s Man City drinking at the last chance saloon or is Madrid Champions League victory a sign of things to come?
Pep Guardiola knows this run in the UEFA Champions League could be last chance saloon for his excellent Manchester City side.
Pep Guardiola was appointed Manchester City manager to win them the European Cup, and this year he comes up against competition masters Real Madrid in the round of 16.
Women’s Football Weekend: ‘Young boys have our names on their shirts… it’s unbelievable’ says Man City captain Steph Houghton
Four games this Sunday will take place in major stadiums, including Liverpool welcoming Everton to Anfield and Tottenham facing Arsenal at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in two huge derby fixtures, as women’s football bosses the English domestic scene while the men’s game pauses for an international break.
2018 proved to be a year of mixed emotions for Steph Houghton as just months after getting married to ex-footballer Stephen Darby she was met with devastating news.
Last year, Manchester City swept the board of domestic honours, only to have all three trophies ripped from their grasp this time around.
Mancunian Matters speak to Manchester boxer Charlie Schofield to preview his next fight set for Saturday May 5 at the Victoria Warehouse.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola referred to Tottenham Hotspur as the “Harry Kane team” in October, but six months on he is full of praise for the North Londoners.