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

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

On New Year's Eve, Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in a game of two serious title contenders.  This match will pit second verses third in the table with only a point separating the two teams.  Both will see this as must win though, as a loss could see the loser cut adrift from the title race, with Chelsea already six and seven points ahead of them respectively. After a 4-1 comeback victory over Stoke City on the 27th, Liverpool …
Why Pep Guardiola has to change to be a success at Manchester City

Why Pep Guardiola has to change to be a success at Manchester City

Adaptability and flexibility are supposed to be massive parts of a manager’s armory in football. A lack of it can end up rendering him and his methods useless and outdated, allowing other, more flexible sides to run over them in a blink of an eye. If there’s a side that is currently facing this situation in a substantial manner, then it is Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Things have gone quite wrong for the Citizens recently and the 4-2 hammering at …
Yaya Toure is Still an Important Player for Man City

Yaya Toure is Still an Important Player for Man City

The Ivorian was left in the shadows following Pep Guardiola's arrival but he seems to have done enough to fit his way back into the side. Yaya Toure was involved in a lengthy stand off with the former Barcelona manager after his agent made negative comments about Guardiola and refused to deliver an apology. Toure had been outcasted because he wasn't showing enough effort and determination in training and it wasn't until mid-November when he returned to the frame, making …
Manchester City vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

On December third, Manchester City welcome title rivals Chelsea to the Eithad Stadium.  Before the festive period gets into full swing later in the month, we'll have one of the biggest games of the season with first playing third and joint bookies favourites for the title, according to Paddy Power. After a barnstorming start to the season, City have fallen off a bit recently.  Having won their first six Premier League fixtures, Pep Guardiola's side have only three wins in …
Ilkay Gundogan: Pepped Up

Ilkay Gundogan: Pepped Up

Bundesliga, one of the two football leagues in Europe to have a better UEFA coefficient than the English Premier League. Also, now starting to be known as the shopping mall of the Premier League. Such is the flow of players, as well as a few managers from the German league to its English counterpart. Eleven players and one manager made the move from Germany to England this summer. From £42m rated Leroy Sane to the free transfers of Alex Manninger, Joel …
The Mysterious Case of Reduced Shots on Target

The Mysterious Case of Reduced Shots on Target

In football a shot is the successful culmination of the coordinated effort of eleven players on the pitch, as well the hard work of the manager and the coaches. Generally speaking, the more shots a team has, the more likely it is to be successful. More so if the shots are accurate and on target. So one would assume that football teams would strive to increase the number of shots they take and as a result also increase the number …
Pep Guardiola: Innovative Genius or Over-rated Fraud?

Pep Guardiola: Innovative Genius or Over-rated Fraud?

Manchester City are on a run of no wins from their last six matches in all competitions, which is poor. This has prompted claims in some quarters over the past week that Pep Guardiola is not actually that good. Some ignoramuses going so far as to proclaim he is actually a fraud. Just to put that six game winless run into perspective, City won their opening ten matches of the season in all competitions. Their overall record this season is …
Manchester United v Manchester City | League Cup Preview

Manchester United v Manchester City | League Cup Preview

It's the second installment of the Mourinho-Guardiola act at Old Trafford, this time in the league cup with a place in the quarterfinal on the line. The moods at both camps cannot be more different to what they were before the last time these two sides met in the Premier League. Both teams had enjoyed a 100% win record in the opening three games before the international break which stood between the Manchester Derby in early September that City won …
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