• Kelechi Iheanacho: The Man With A Reputation To Reclaim

    It’s little surprise that the mid-season arrival of Gabriel Jesus to Manchester City prompted a storm of speculation and headlines regarding the imminent future of Sergio Aguero. Given the Argentine striker’s travails this season assimilating himself into Pep Guardiola’s exacting vision of a dove-tailing front three who press like attack dogs, it was only natural that the media and public alike would start to question Aguero’s standing, especially when the teen slotted straight in and showed him how it’s all done. ...

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  • 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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  • Sunderland: Jermain Defoe and Football In Its Most Simple Form

    For all the enthusiasm in the world, most Saturday morning football teams lack any real tactical acumen, with kick-and-hope the weapon of choice for part-time gaffers. The team of my adolescence were no different. We looked forward to it all week in school, but the same sub-standard showing would play out every sodden Saturday morning. What’s the collective noun for overly enthusiastic, bang-average footballers? ...

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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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  • Gabriel Jesus: Get Ready For Manchester City’s Second Coming

      There is less than a week to go before much of the world celebrates the birth of a kid who amazed one and all with his extraordinary gifts. Soon after, Manchester City fans will be rejoicing in similar fashion and for similar reasons but with his namesake. ...

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  • Gabriel Jesus Flying In To Cure Manchester City’s Traditional Blues

    Judging by the reaction to Manchester City’s five match winless streak, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they had been sucked into a relegation battle. Yet Pep Guardiola’s side remain atop the Premier League – albeit by a whisker – so their start to the season has to go down as a success, despite the recent hiccups against Tottenham, Everton and Southampton. The suggestions of Guardiola having been ‘sussed out’ are far too premature, but one legitimate concern City fans might have is the fact that they have had poor second halves to the past couple of seasons – as evidenced by the fact they won more matches in the first round of fixtures than in the second round in the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. Should they suffer a similar post-Christmas slacking off this year then logic would tell you the Manchester side must build up a significant enough lead between now and the holiday period to win the league. ...

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