Norwich Stifle Man City

Norwich Stifle Man City

Manchester City edged a point closer to Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table but this result surely represents ground lost by them in the title race. Rather than increase the pressure on the leaders, Manuel Pellegrini’s side performed like men who should worry about being overtaken by West Ham or Manchester United in the top four. The predicted would-be champions by most pundits pre-season have not won back-to-back league games for five months. The BBC commentator …
Observations from the battle of the top four

Observations from the battle of the top four

It’s a television broadcasters dream: four clubs, all in with a genuine shout of winning the Premier League, all playing each other on the same weekend. Arsenal played host to league leaders Leicester, Tottenham Hotspur visited Manchester City and in terms of drama, both games lived up to the hype. But what can we take away from the battle of the title contenders? The standard of refereeing in the Premier League is not good Sadly, the standard of officiating in …
Spurs Topple Manchester City

Spurs Topple Manchester City

A decisive game between 2nd placed Spurs and 4th place City was irretrievably affected by a diabolical decision by referee Mark Clattenburg. Clattenburg adjudged that Raheem Sterling had hand balled the ball when replays show the ball struck his back first and then ricocheted up off his elbow. Sterling had his back to the ball and it was clearly non-intentional. Harry Kane confidently tucked away the penalty on the 53rd minute. City had chances prior to that, with Aguero missing …
Manchester City vs Tottenham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

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

Their loss to the high flying Leicester City has cast a shadow of doubt over the club's billing as the top contenders for the crown this season. Up next is another tough test for the side as they welcome 2nd placed Tottenham Hotspurs. With 48 points in their kitty, the London side are truly in one of their best seasons in the Premier League and would be keen to get a positive result at the Etihad. Team News Manchester City …
Guilty Pleasure of a Liverpool Fan: Raheem Sterling

Guilty Pleasure of a Liverpool Fan: Raheem Sterling

“A guilty pleasure is something, such as a movie, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard”. Using this make-shift definition plugged from the shallow depths of Google, as, you know, a gentle starting point, I think it’s *fairly* safe for me to assume that I, a Liverpool fan and a devote member (the only member) of the “Raheem moisten my dream” fan club, sit firmly …
What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

What will Manchester City really look like under Pep?

I’ve seen some absolute nonsense over the past week from ex-pros, sharing their thoughts on how the Manchester City under Pep Guardiola might look next season. First up, was Danny Murphy claiming that David Silva is not a Guardiola-type player! Excuse me, David Silva not a Guardiola-type player, really? I’m sorry, but if you were to identify which players currently in the Manchester City squad are archetypical for Guardiola’s preferred style of play, David Silva would have to be in …
The Flying Foxes Maul Manchester City

The Flying Foxes Maul Manchester City

Leicester have taken a trip to the lion's den and come back with three points. City were Leicester's biggest title rivals and an early somewhat fortuitous goal by Robert Huth in the 3rd minute set the tone of the game. It completely set the mood of what materialised thereafter. City looked downtrodden and defeated even after that first goal, the body language was languid and there was no display of any energy or hunger or desire. There seems no pride …
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 …
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