• Raheem Sterling’s Form And What Could Have Been For Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling is one of the Premier League’s most in-form players, and is on the way to establishing himself as one of the best forwards in the English top flight. The 22-year-old is a key part of arguably the most formidable side in the league in 2017/18, with Pep Guardiola poised to deliver the first title to the Etihad Stadium in four years, vindicating the winger’s efforts to leave Liverpool in 2015. And this rise under Guardiola, once Jurgen Klopp’s managerial adversary in Germany, serves up a frustrating reality for the Reds. ...

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  • Why Did Manchester City Spend So Much On Fullbacks?

    Brought to you by OneFootball. Never miss another match or the latest transfers news. Onefooball is THE football app to have: http://bit.do/uMAXit_Oct Manchester City spent a lot of money on full-backs this summer. By bringing in Danilo, Benjamin Mendy, and Kyle Walker, Pep Guardiola strengthened an area that Manchester City were weak in and secured players that are key to the style the Spanish manager wants to play. In this video, we break down that style of play. ...

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  • Manchester City Against Napoli: Inevitable Classic Or Cursed By The Football Gods?

    If ever a game is destined to finish in a goalless stalemate it is Manchester City’s hosting of Napoli tonight. In fact, it would probably be a wise decision to give the fixture a complete swerve and instead enjoy Spurs or Liverpool’s Champions League endeavours; even Billericay’s FA Cup qualifying fourth round replay with Brackley Town if you’re that way inclined. Anything but the incident-free snooze-fest that the present leaders of the Premier League and Serie A will surely churn out to everyone’s visceral disappointment at the Etihad. ...

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

    ARCHIVED CONTENT: December 19th, 2016 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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  • Tottenham Are Not A Harry Kane Team, But England Should Be

    The term “world-class” may be overused, equivocal and pretty lazy, but the label has to now be applied to Harry Kane. The Tottenham talisman probably deserved to be considered an elite player a long time ago, but few wanted to jump to conclusions, instead deciding to wait to make sure he wasn’t just a three-season wonder. Now, though, it has become undeniable. In 2017, the 24-year-old has scored 36 goals across 31 games in all competitions, working out at 1.16 per appearance. That’s better than Lionel Messi. That’s better than Cristiano Ronaldo. That’s world-class. ...

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  • Kevin De Bruyne Is The Premier League’s Most Complete Player

    Jose Mourinho’s knew exactly who was knocking at his door. "If [Kevin] De Bruyne stayed here [Chelsea], not happy and not motivated, and we'd sold him after a year, we'd have got less -- 50 percent less than what we sold him for,” he said of the Belgian in 2015. “So we sold him. At that moment, it was very good business.” Reflecting on that decision now Mourinho will be first to admit that it was a mistake, and one Chelsea are paying dearly for. The Belgian was the deciding factor at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, only it wasn’t for Manchester City, the team that opted to take the gamble on ‘The £60million reject’ as one newspaper described him. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Kevin De Bruyne Is Slowly Becoming Invaluable for Manchester City and Guardiola

    Manchester City are looking ominous again, and following their impressive win away to Chelsea, it looks like they (along with Manchester United) will be the team to beat for the Premier League title this season. Looking more and more secure in defence by the week, it's in attack where Pep Guardiola's side shine and when you consider the talent at his disposal it's easy to understand why. Even without Sergio Aguero, City were able to field an exciting frontline of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, supported by David Silva in midfield and more importantly - Kevin de Bruyne. ...

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  • Pablo Maffeo: The Messi-Stopper On Manchester City’s Books

    “Man-marking Lionel Messi is almost impossible,” Massimiliano Allegri remarked in the build-up to the 2014/15 Champions League final when discussing Juventus’ potential tactics, but last Saturday night Pablo Maffeo put the “almost” in that “almost impossible” phrase. ...

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  • How Manchester City’s Ederson Changed The Channel On The Goalkeeping Soap Opera

    An impressive Champions League display for Benfica against Bayern Munich in 2016 first alerted Pep Guardiola to the imposing attributes of Ederson Moraes. At the time the then-22 year old wasn’t even the first choice for the Portuguese giants, as he learned his trade behind his fellow countryman Julio Cesar, but an injury to the veteran Brazilian afforded Ederson with an opportunity that he grabbed with both hands. The following season he stood tall and staked his place in world football, sometimes spectacular and occasionally impulsive, as he safeguarded a treble of trophies for the Aguias. ...

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  • Manchester City Success Would Be Among Guardiola’s Finest Achievements

    The strike against everything Pep Guardiola achieved at Barcelona has always been his inheritance. To this day, his more fundamentalist detractors ignore his rare capacity for detail and reinvention and see Leo Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and the rest as the thermals which elevated and sustained Guardiola's reputation. It's the kind of perspective which depends on a very limited reading of what that era's Barcelona actually were. It's also one which assumes, wrongly, that all of those players were on a predetermined course for the stars and that Guardiola was just in the right place at the right time when the sky lit up around him.  ...

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