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 …
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 …
Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Liverpool 3 Manchester City 2: Post-Match Tactical Analysis

Incredible. Perhaps the game of this Premier League season, an unbelievable day at Anfield which drew out a dizzying blend of raw emotion, massive goals, controversy, bravery and stupidity, all hinging on  three points and a potential league title for the victors. It was the men in red who made it ten successive league wins, after blitzing City for the first half hour, threatening to do what they did to Everton, Arsenal and Spurs before them. However as pointed out …