Is Fernandinho Man City's Unsung Hero?

Is Fernandinho Man City's Unsung Hero?

Manchester City are flying in the Premier League this season, with Pep Guardiola seemingly putting last season’s trophyless campaign behind him, finding a formula that combines some exceptionally talented attacking players, with a system that provides defensive cover to an area that has often proved to be City’s Achilles heel in recent years. Last season, Guardiola’s first in English football, was his first without a trophy after a magnificent start to his managerial career in Spain and Germany, where he …
The Undervalued Role Of Fernandinho At Manchester City

The Undervalued Role Of Fernandinho At Manchester City

Manchester City face Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium this Saturday, looking for their sixth-straight Premier League win. Consecutive thrashings of Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace were followed by their biggest statement of intent so far; a dominant 1-0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Pep Guardiola has no shortage of stars at his disposal and his attacking players have rightly garnered much attention in recent weeks.  Yet, sitting just behind this abundance of flair is Fernandinho, probably the first name on Guardiola's team-sheet every week. Instant Impact …
Liverpool's​ ​No.6​ ​Dilemma

Liverpool's​ ​No.6​ ​Dilemma

Often referred as a holding or a defensive midfielder, number six is arguably the most important position in football. Be it Pep’s tiki-taka, Conte’s three defender system or Klopp’s gegenpressing, the number 6 role is pivotal for any tactic. While other teams have Kante, Wanyama, and Fernandinho doing the job astutely well, Liverpool’s number 6 position has always been a spot of bother for them. Jordan Henderson was given the defensive role last season and did well before getting injured. Emre Can …
The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

The Importance of Fernandinho for Manchester City

For Pep Guardiola, what will be the biggest concern right now? His team has just moved back to second position in the Premier League, closing the gap with Chelsea to eight points. Manchester City are scheduled to take on the most prolific goal scorers in Europe’s top leagues – AS Monaco – on next Wednesday night. But before that, City have to take on the Championship side Huddersfield Town in a FA Cup match on Saturday. And amidst all of …
West Ham vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

West Ham vs Manchester City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

The Premier League returns during the week and these two sides will be familiar with each other, having played at the beginning of the month in the FA Cup. Manchester City ran out 5-0 winners on that occasion, delivering one of their best performances of the season, but they will be coming up against a different side on Wednesday, as the hosts are playing with confidence. Despite an improvement in performance, City still aren't getting the results that they need …
Are Manchester City Under-Staffed Up Front?

Are Manchester City Under-Staffed Up Front?

When you think Manchester City, you think rich. They are a club with almost unlimited resources and a burning desire to succeed at domestically, as well as in Europe, who also happen to be guided by a superstar manager.  Indeed, when you look at their squad it's clear that they are literally bursting at the seams with talent.  But all that talent is packed primarily in two areas – midfield and defense. If you are new to Premier League football and …
Ilkay Gündogan to lead a City revolution

Ilkay Gündogan to lead a City revolution

According to the Dortmund based publication Ruhr Nachrichten, Manchester City fans can start to get excited because the recruiting of Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfield star Ilkay Gündogan is a near formality. They understand that an agreement between representatives of Manchester City and Gündogan is in place and all that remains is for the two clubs to agree a fee, believed to be in the region of €25-30m, which is currently around £19.9-23.9m. Although nothing official has been announced, the …
Five Underrated Premier League Players

Five Underrated Premier League Players

The EPL is an extremely competitive league, and rightfully so, with so many players of immense talent and skill. However, in a league as competitive as this, it becomes very easy to overlook certain players who might get overshadowed by the comparatively "popular" ones. Here's a look at 5 underrated players in the EPL this season. 1.Herrera - Manchester United In a side which lacks energy, pace, and a killer instinct, Herrera’s instant-impact style of play, attacking mentality and outstanding …
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