• David Silva Still Rules The Roost At Manchester City

    With a new, youthful attacking triumvirate that have been almost unplayable since developing their exciting bond in recent weeks, Manchester City have put a run of wins together that has propelled them up to second, and everyone is once again gazing longingly at Pep Guardiola and drooling at the sight of City in full flow. ...

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  • Manchester City Should Keep Sergio Aguero – But Only If He Improves

    City and Guardiola should keep Aguero, but the Argentine will have to improve There was a moment, when Manchester City’s new wonderkid Gabriel Jesus struck his first goal against Swansea City last week, when Sergio Aguero’s expression on the bench said it all. It was a time for brooding self-analysis, for reflecting on his current situation at the club – it’s a strange, unfamiliar one for him. The Argentine striker, who for so long has been emblematic of City’s surge to Premier League supremacy, is no longer guaranteed a start in Pep Guardiola’s team. Gabriel Jesus has arrived on the crest of a wave from Palmeiras and immediately captured the imaginations of City supporters. ...

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  • Manchester City: Just Enjoy The Ride

    It is 5.42am, Thursday February 2nd, and twenty minutes ago I awoke a full two hours before my alarm clock was needed. I came to because at the first flicker of consciousness my mind clicked into gear telling me today was a special one but, heavily blinking up at the ceiling at that point, it was only instinctive. Maybe it was my birthday? Maybe it was Christmas morning? ...

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  • Guardiola Is Trying Too Hard; His Obsession With Creative Solutions Is Hurting Man City

    There is a very good reason why Pep Guardiola enjoys such a mystical status around the world. Few coaches are described as geniuses as frequently as the Manchester City manager, and it is not just his impeccable record at Barcelona and Bayern Munich that have earned him this description. Guardiola is a great innovator, a man who has constantly reinvented himself and found creative solutions to problems faced in Barcelona, Munich, and now Manchester. ...

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  • David Silva: A Man For All Seasons

    Sometime over Christmas I got talking to an old fella in a bar. I didn’t have chance or reason to enquire about his age but at one point he told me a tale from his childhood that involved a grocer happening across a crate of bananas and opening up his store on Christmas morning so all the children from the neighbourhood could come down and eat one for the first time. The old fella insisted the excitement among his friends was far greater than that of his grandchildren a few days earlier after unwrapping their latest phones and in my drunken stupor then and sober state now I got it and get it. ...

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  • We Don’t Need To Talk About Sergio Aguero

    Speak to any Evertonian about Romelu Lukaku and you’ll likely be surprised by the negativity that comes back. He’s far too selfish, can be wasteful, and only gets fired up for certain games. You’ll begin to suspect that the burly Belgian has personally slighted the Evertonian in question. Maybe suggested his sister resembles Katie Hopkins or stolen his last Twirl bite. ...

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  • Sterling Flashing World-Class Potential At Man City, But Patience Required

    It was one of the most protracted transfers of the summer, played out against a backdrop of disdain. Raheem Sterling’s initial £44 million move to Manchester City was inevitable for a long time before its completion. Liverpool clung on to their prized young star for as long as they could, but the player had made it clear he wanted to move, and City, in need of youth, pace and home-grown talent, were determined to secure a deal. Eventually they got their man. As so often happens, the size of the fee (it could rise to £49 million if a series of add-ons are triggered) increased expectations. It doesn’t matter that he is just 20 years old with only 95 premier League appearances to his name before signing for the club, for that kind of money many of City's fans demand instant success. ...

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  • Why Pellegrini Deserves More Credit For Man City’s Great Start

    Manuel Pellegrini, the Manchester City manager, will have been encouraged by the performance of Fabian Delph in England’s match with Spain on Friday. The midfielder, signed from Aston Villa in the summer against a backdrop of derision, has struggled with a hamstring complaint for much of the season, delaying his proper introduction to the side, but he managed 63 minutes against the best midfield in the world. It was exactly the kind of test he needed. In total he’s managed just 31 minutes for his new club since moving to the Etihad in the summer. It’s particularly disappointing for him considering the challenges he faces. Delph, some feel, isn’t of the standard City need, signed instead to fulfil quota regulations. Those who saw his development at Villa Park during his final two years know otherwise, but a quick start was needed to quell the dissent and ensure he was given time to establish himself. He simply hasn’t had that opportunity, and with Fernandinho, the player he most resembles in the City side, in such wonderful form, Delph has plenty to do to force his way into the side.  ...

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  • Breaking Down Kevin De Bruyne’s Electric Start For Manchester City

    Over the past four-and-a-half seasons, Manchester City have established themselves as the dominant side in English football. A clean sweep of domestic honors underlines their quality, but it is perhaps a combined Premier League table over that period which really confirms their position as the current strongest side in England.

    City won the 2011 FA Cup, bringing an end to their 35-year wait for a major trophy. Since the start of the following season, where they ended their 44-year wait for a league title, they have amassed a total of 350 Premier League points. That’s 22 more than their nearest rivals, Manchester United, and 34 more than Chelsea in third place. Perhaps even more telling is that City’s goal difference over that period is +218, compared to United’s +149.

    In terms of Premier League consistency, no side has been able to match City in recent seasons. ...

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  • Criticism Of Jesus Navas Is Unfair Given His Role In Manchester City’s Side

    Just over 15 years ago, Joe Royle, who was then in charge of Manchester City, had to substitute his captain, Richard Edghill, in a game against Coventry City at Maine Road. City lost the match 2-1, with Edghill scoring an own goal before being terrorised in the lead-up to the visitors’ second by a 21-year-old Craig Bellamy—a player who years later would sign for City in a £14 million deal. The boos ringing around City’s dilapidated old stadium were fierce. Royle had no choice but to remove his captain before the atmosphere became even more poisonous. ...

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