Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Do I Trust My Eyes or Stats When Assessing a Football Player?

Towards the end of last season, I came across the CIES Football Observatory’s rankings of the best players from the top 5 leagues in Europe. Dejan Lovren was rated the ninth-best centre-back in Europe, only behind Nicolas Otamendi in the Premier League. I wasn’t too far from putting my head through a wall when I read that. Similarly, Manchester City fans would have been bemused to see Otamendi at fourth in the list. I could see how Lovren made the …
Can Manchester City cope without Kevin De Bruyne?

Can Manchester City cope without Kevin De Bruyne?

The sight of Kevin De Bruyne going down with a knee injury late in Manchester City’s League Cup semi-final win at home to Everton on Wednesday night will have been a disconcerting sight to City fans. The attacking midfielder has been an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini’s side since his signing in the summer from Vfl Wolfsburg for a reported £55m. That sort of price tag can weigh heavy on players and struggle to justify the amounts spent on them …
Resurgent Manchester City Squash Watford

Resurgent Manchester City Squash Watford

"A game of two halves" is a football cliche but very apt for this Watford vs Man City game. Watford came out of the traps very quickly, with their high pressure physical approach looking to unsettle City. City hadn't won an away game since 12th September and Watford's front two of Igahlo and Deeney could smell blood. It was a cagey first half with Watford probably edging it. The Watford pitch is quite cut up, it's debatable whether it is …
City Stutter to Win against Swansea

City Stutter to Win against Swansea

Swansea arrived at the Etihad managerless after the sacking of Garry Monk, and the interim manager Alan Curtis made numerous changes. City chose to rest De Bruyne pairing Silva Navas and Sterling ahead of Toure and Ferdandhino. Bony gave City the lead fed by Jesus Navas in the 23rd minute. Pellegrini restoring Silva knows Silva will be key to the run in and was very fortunate that Joe Hart was in top form. City have an abundance of talent but …
Manchester City vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Manchester City vs Southampton Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Manchester City host Southampton on Sunday in their last fixture of the season. The expectations have been so high at the club since the last few years that a 2nd place finish is believed to be a bad season for the previous champions. The club have been in rich form coming into this game, having won all of their last 5 fixtures. On the other hand, their guests for the evening, who are still in contention to finish a respectable …
FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

FC Barcelona v Manchester City | Champions League Preview

A tantalizing second leg contest is on the offing when Catalan giants FC Barcelona host English Champions Manchester City at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night after an eventful 1-2 away win for Luis Enrique's side a fortnight ago. Messi and company will go into this midweek game hugely confident, on the back of a 5 game winning streak in all competitions that has lifted them to the very top of La Liga and will be quickly followed by a …
Chelsea vs. Man City 2013/14 – What Did the Fans Think?

Chelsea vs. Man City 2013/14 – What Did the Fans Think?

Saturday’s late kick-off sees the two clear title challengers so far this season go head-to-head in what fans hope will be a thrilling encounter. An 85th minute equaliser for City from Chelsea legend Frank Lampard left a bitter taste in the mouth of the watching support when Chelsea travelled to the Etihad back in September and Chelsea boss José Mourinho will be keen to see his side repeat their Stamford Bridge result for this fixture last season. In that game, played …
Brilliant Arsenal Stun Manchester City

Brilliant Arsenal Stun Manchester City

Arsenal have finally changed their approach to a big game and their efforts have bared fruits straight away as the Gunners shot down an impotent Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium after a penalty from Santi Cazorla and a close range header by Olivier Giroud. An uncharacteristically compact and solid Arsenal rarely allowed City into their box by congesting the middle of the park and cutting out the wings. The Citizens failed to create anything and instead were threatened themselves …
Page: 1 2 3