On September 27th, 2020, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City fell to an unexpected 5-2 defeat to Leicester City at the Etihad
German international Leroy Sane looks set to end his four-year stay with Manchester City this summer, with a return to his homeland on the cards.
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.
When Pep Guardiola swapped Munich for Manchester in the summer of 2016, it practically confirmed that Manchester City had a highly successful period on the horizon given that the Catalan boss guarantees silverware everywhere he goes.
The 179th Manchester derby this weekend could see the tale of two travesties. If the Sky Blues are victorious then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s time at the wheel could end with the air bags going off.
The 2019 Football Writing Festival continued at the National Football Museum in Manchester on Monday night with ‘Opta Live’.
2018/19 Premier League season recap: Man Utd v Man City in numbers… has a ‘power shift’ been confirmed?
On Monday the streets of Manchester City Centre were littered with blue flags as a victorious Guardiola, alongside his band of brothers, danced and fist pumped on top of an open top bus – well aware of how good they have been this season in stark contrast to Manchester United. MM breaks down some of the key numbers of the Premier League season to highlight the clubs’ varying fortunes.
Raheem Sterling is this season’s leading light in the Premier League – according to Manchester City hero Paul Dickov.