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Micah Richards praisesDe Bruyne as complete footballer

Former Manchester City defender Micah Richards has labelled Kevin De Bruyne as the complete footballer that he has ever seen in the Premier League. The Belgian midfielder was once again at his best in Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday. This was a monumental win for Pep Guardiola’s team, who had been suffering from poor form coming into this match. However, City were able to brush aside Chelsea with a comfortable win with De Bruyne playing a crucial role. The Belgian came up with a goal and an assist in this victory, which increases the pressure on Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

 

After having picked up the PFA Player of the Year title back in 2019-20 season,De Bruyne is back helping City stay in contention for the league title once again. Richards, who used to play for City, has claimed thatDe Bruyne is one of the top midfielders for various reasons. Apart from contributing to the team in an offensive display,De Bruyne is also crucial at the back according to Richards. Even thoughthe likes of Sergio Aguero have been missing for City for quite a while, the team has remained in contention for the league title thanks to the efforts ofDe Bruyne. Other star players on the team include Phil Foden, who has started playing an influential role in the club at the age of 20. Continue reading

CITY SET TO CONTINUE WINNING RUN

Manchester City are one of the most in-form teams in European football after winning their last five games in all competitions. They can make it six wins on the bounce when they entertain Birmingham City from the second tier of English football. Manchester City will face Birmingham City this weekend on the back of a good win over Manchester United in their Manchester Derby clash in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. Manchester City saw off their city rivals to book their place in the Carabao Cup final. John Stones and Fernandinho were the unlikely scorers for the Citizens during their Carabao Cup last four game at the home of Manchester United earlier this week.

Apart from Manchester United, Manchester City also beat Arsenal 4-1 away from home in the same Carabao Cup competition during this current victory run in addition to league wins at Southampton, at home to Newcastle United and at Chelsea. Birmingham City have their work cut out against Manchester City who have a very good record in the FA Cup. Continue reading

MIDFIELD TRIO ON TARGET FOR CITY

The Manchester City midfielders did the business for the Citizens as they recorded their best performance in the Premier League this season to beat fellow title rivals Chelsea away from home. Manchester City scored three goals in the first half during their game at Chelsea and that was enough to win the league clash and lift them into the top five on the league standings. Manchester City were dominant against the Blues for the majority of the game as they secured a 3-1 away victory to make it three straight wins in the Premier League.


The Manchester City trio of IlkayGundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne were all on target for the Citizens who raced to a 3-0 lead at the halftime break. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi came on for the hosts in the second half in place of Hakim Ziyech, who returned to the Blues starting XI for the Manchester City game after another injury layoff.Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a consolation goal for Chelsea in added time of the league clash at home to Manchester City to deny the visitors a third consecutive clean sheet in the Premier League. Continue reading

NO DERBY ADVANTAGE FOR MAN CITY

 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has shut down the suggestion that his team has an advantage over city rivals Manchester United ahead of their Premier League clash next weekend. Several football stakeholders have suggested that Manchester City have a good chance of picking up the three points ahead of hosts Manchester United as they don’t have to deal with a strong Champions League fixture in midweek before their game at the weekend.


Manchester United will host Manchester City in the first Manchester Derby clash of this Premier League campaign at Old Trafford on Saturday. Ahead of the game, Manchester City don’t have the burden of trying to secure their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League like what’s obtainable with their city rivals. Continue reading

Guardiola confident of Aguero returning back to his best

 

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is convinced that striker Sergio Aguero will be the same player once he comes back from his injury problems. The 32-year-old has only featured in 26 league matches the start of last season. A number of fitness problems have cropped up for the striker, who is arguably one of the best in the Premier League. In his absence, City have failed to exert any dominance in the league and they have seen Liverpool pip them to the title last season.Even though Gabriel Jesus has managed to provide a good understudy, the return of Aguero is keenly awaited by Guardiola and those at Manchester City.

Aguero is the top scorer for City in all competitions. There have been very few players who have been able to better his goal tally in the last five years. Since 2015, Aguero has come up with 102 goals – a tally which is beaten only by Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy who have scored 126 and 106 goals respectively. However, there are a lot of concerns about Aguero this time around, as he is coming towards the twilight of his career. The striker has made a successful return from injury on a couple of occasions, but he has went back to the treatment table at the same speed. Yet, Guardiola is not concerned about these problems.
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CITY BLOW AHEAD OF SPURS CLASH

 

Pep Guardiola could be without the services of one of his players for the crunch Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening. The player in question is Oleksandr Zinchencko who’s on national team duty with Ukraine.


Zinchencko is a midfielder by trade but he has been playing as a left-back for the Citizens for two years and counting. He is an important member of the Ukrainian national team squad under the stewardship of Ukrainian football legend Andriy Shevchencko. Oleksandr Zinchencko could miss the Spurs game this weekend after the entire Ukraine team went into isolation upon the news that three players tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.
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DE BRUYNE’S PENALTY LOSS, REDS’ BRAVERY

 

The major talking points after the epic clash of Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League was the rare blunder from the spot kick from skipper Kevin de Bruyne. For the Reds’ Klopp said the sheer bravery of his side in the game impressed him as both sides shared the spoils.


The Belgium international has been consistent over the years, as an assist chief, goal scorer and playmaker. However, De Bruyne was not as sharp as City clashed with Liverpool in arguably the biggest game of the first half of the season.
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Manchester City chairman open to future Sergio Aguero departure

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has opened the door for Sergio Aguero to leave the club in a similar manner to Vincent Kompany and David Silva. Kompany and Silva showed their commitment to the Cityzens with a decade of service and they eventually parted ways on free transfers.


Aguero, who is the club’s all-time goalscorer, has been fancied to return to Argentina for the final phase of his career and Al Mubarak has revealed that the Cityzens won’t come in the way of the marksman, should he opt for a fresh challenge, he told: “Vincent Kompany left when he felt it was right for him to leave and the same thing with David.
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Sterling Marks The Win Against Liverpool As The Next Season

 

Raheem Sterling after the match against Liverpool said that Manchester City is in the process of evolving from their past mistakes and with the win against the current champions, they have started the next season. Jurgen Klopp’s squad was given the guard of honour by City in respect of winning the title after 30 yearsin Etihad Stadium where the squad encountered the second loss of the tournament. City decapitated the champions with the scorecard standing 4–0 with Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden scoring in the game.

De Bruyne opened the score with a penalty and Sterling scored on 35th minute as the first half ended with double scoring from City. On 45th minute of first-half Foden added to the scorecard another one raising the goals to three.They had absolute power in the second half as they were pushing to score more goals. City was in good form and they created many chances to score goals throughout the match.
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Sane Will Be Transferred To Bayern For €60 Million

 

Leroy Sane will be completing his move to Bayern Munich as both the clubs have reached upon an agreement. The German club has agreed upon a deal that has the transfer fee for €60 million. The club will be initially paying €49 million and €11 million on add ons. Sane is currently on his last year at the contract and will be leaving to the club within 24 hours to complete his move with the German side and will not be playing for Premier League side in this season.

Sane will be signing a five-year contract with the club for €22 million a year and this is much more than what City has offered to the player. Theclub offered him an extension deal which was turned down by the player. They have the finances at doubts with the club has been affected by the COVID 19 pandemic.
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