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‘At least we know who can save the day if this happens again.’ Man City fans react to Kyle Walker

Drama unfolded last night in Man City’s Champions League clash with Atalanta. Kyle Walker ended up in goal and here are your reactions.

There was a lot of drama in last nights clash. Man City went 1-0 up after 7 minutes with a goal from Raheem Sterling.

Things were going well until Man City got a penalty but Jesus couldn’t find the back of the net. Then Atalanta equalised in the second half.

At half time, every Man City fan and staff member was worried as Ederson had to go off and be replaced by Claudio Bravo.

So not only was Bravo in the net for the Atalanta goal, he also brought down a player in the box and got sent off.

This meant that defender, Kyle Walker had to put on a goal keeper’s shirt and take a new role. Here’s your reactions to that and his free kick save…

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Man City should secure Champions League qualification with this midfield tonight

Pep Guardiola’s men face Atalanta away tonight in the Champions League. If Man City set up with this midfield, they should go through to the next round.

Man City are currently top of their Champions League group with 9 points. Pep Guardiola will want to qualify as quickly as possible.

However, he will have limitations tonight with a few players being out. Phil Foden is suspended and David Silva is injured.

Therefore, Man City will struggle in the middle. This is why he will probably go out with a 4-3-3 formation.

I predict that he will line up the midfield like this…

Gundogan

The centre midfielder’s form has been a lot better recently. Guarantee that he will be filling that central position this evening.

He will be aimig to guide the midfield forward while also assisting his team mates to a win.

Kevin De Bruyne

With David Silva being injured, De Bruyne will probably go out as captain.

He will also more than likely operate the left of midfield. However, the question will be, will he score, assist or both?

Bernardo Silva

David Silva will probably be replaced by Bernardo. All three will have to work together efficiently.

With my prediction for the formation would mean that there should be 3 players up front. I predict they will be Jesus, Aguero and Raheem Sterling.

Man City Women will be looking to bounce back by dropping these 2 players

Nick Cushing has got some serious work to do with Man City Women. Their form has been poor recently and with that in mind, here’s two players who should be dropped.

It was an amazing start to Man City’s season in all competitions. Things looked to be going great.

However, things have changed since then. They lost to Man United in the FA Cup. Then they lost to Arsenal. To top it off, they lost to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League this week.

Things have been quite disappointing. A lot of fans think that Nick Cushing has done all he can with the club. That is why this is a hard pick because maybe it is the management that needs a shake up.

That aside, here’s two players who need to be on the bench instead of in the starting line up against Birmingham…

Ellen White

Don’t get me wrong, White is one of my favourite players. I have been waiting to see her in a Man City shirt for a long time.

However, she has only just returned from injury. The rest of the team have gelled. Maybe she would benefit from being on the bench and being brought on to change things up.

Georgia Stanway

Another player who has only just returned from injury. When she is at her best, she never stops and is a threat on the pitch.

Although, she could benefit from being broight back into the squad slowly instead of being thrown in at the deep end.

3 lessons Man City Women will have learnt

Last night, Man City women played Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1 and here are three things they would have learned from the game.

Man City really wanted to do well in the competition this year.

Nick Cushing had also spoken about how much he wanted his team to do well in the competition. So my guess is that there will be a lot of upset in the Man City camp today.

However, they have to take some lessons away from the game and here’s three that I have come up with…

Too little too late

Man City went 2-0 down and desperately needed an equaliser. It was only at the last stages of the game that the formation was changed and they pushed an attack.

Pauline Bremer scored to get one back but it wasn’t enough. Imagine if the changes had have come earlier. Maybe the result would have been different.

For a team that wanted it so much, it certainly seemed like there was no backup plan until it was too late.

Defence

Aoife Mannion is currently out. Since then, Man City’s defence has been a bit unsettled.

This was obvious last night as Steph Houghton even scored an own goal. Some work needs to be done at the back going forward.

Nick Cushing

Some fans are now claiming that Cushing has taken Man City as far as he could.

Fans are also saying that the squad have a lot more to give than what Nick can guide them to do. Is it time for him to go?

Man City women need these 2 stars to perform tonight

Nick Cushing’s Man City women will travel to Atletico Madrid tonight. This is the second leg of the Champions League round.

At the start of this season, Man City were doing brilliantly. They were winning in all competitions.

Nick Cushing recently admitted that he wanted to try and win the Champions League this season.

Since then things have gone a little bit wrong for the blues.

They drew with Atletico Madrid, 1-1 at home. However they get another chance to play them tonight.

They don’t get a chance to replay the cup and League fixtures though. They lost 2-0 to Man United recently in the women’s Super League FA Cup. Keira Walsh was also sent off in that game.

They also lost 1-0 to Arsenal in the league. Tonight they will be looking to pick themselves up and with that in mind here’s two players who need to to stand out…

Georgia Stanway

Georgia is a very dangerous player. However she was injured earlier in the season and missed a few games for Man City.

Now that she’s back and fully fit she will be looking to impress tonight to make sure Man City win.

Ellie Roebuck

The Man City goalkeeper has been a standout performer so far this season.

I saw Roebuck in action against Man United this season. She exceeded my expectations and will be looking to keep Man City in the Champions League tonight.

Man Utd looks set to meet the 100m valuation of exciting Bundesliga youngster

Man Utd has once again been linked with former Man City youngster Jadon Sancho, who is currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

The 90m rated star is once again gaining interest from Old Trafford as the winter window looms ever closer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has money to spend and according to the Mirror, the Red Devils are prepared to meet the 100m valuation set by Borussia Dortmund.

In his 8 games in the Bundesliga so far, Sancho has 6 assists and 3 goals. Creativity is something United is missing this season with the absence of Pogba through injury. Furthermore, with reported growing interest from Real Madrid for the Frenchman, OGS needs to start building alternative options.

Sancho is predominantly a right-winger, something Solskjaer needs within the team. Summer signing Daniel James is doing a great job, and impressing so far. However, United are missing depth and competition – something Sancho would bring to the table.

Open to a move

He’s said to be open to a move back to the Premier League, and the move would certainly go down well with the red side of Manchester.

In a bid to muster a fight for a top-four place, bringing the young English international to Manchester could be seen as a masterstroke. United need not worry about European football this season, it should be all eyes on regaining Premier League form and climbing back up the table.

Would Sancho swap the Champions League for Man United currently?

It’s a big task at hand, however, sometimes the pull of Old Trafford is too much for some players. Man Utd fans will be hoping this is the case for Sancho also.

’Who asked them to score first?’ Man City fans react to their win over Atalanta

Man City managed to beat Atalanta 5-1 in their Champions League clash last night. Pep Guardiola’s team produced a lot of talking points.

The Man City boss obviously listened to fans because Gabriel Jesus was on the bench. He was accused of being greedy against Crystal Palace and therefore, Sergio Aguero started the game instead.

Fernandinho gave away a penalty early on and Atalanta were 1-0 up. That lead didn’t last long as Aguero leveled the score minutes later.

Sterling was then brought down in the box leading to Aguero getting his second goal from a penalty. Unfortunately, Rodrigo went down with an injury and had to leave the game early.

Phil Foden then got an assist in the second half as he gave Raheem Sterling his second goal. There was no stopping the England international as he bagged 2 more leaving it 5-1 to Man City.

However, Phil Foden was sent off in the later stages of the game after a second yellow card. Pep has said that the youngster has, ’nothing to prove to him, ’ after the game. The Man City boss has complete trust and faith in the youngster.

Here’s what you thought…

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Two in, two out for Man City tonight against Atalanta

Man City play Atalanta in the Champions League tonight. The Football Manc Cave are picking 2 players who deserve to be in the starting 11. We are also picking two who should be dropped.

Pep Guardiola seems to have been working hard with his team in the international break.

Concerns were raised when losses to teams like Wolves and Norwich happened earlier this season. They won 2-0 against Crystal Palace at the weekend and it looks like there’s improvements.

However, some players still need to work a little harder to match Guardiola’s standards. Here’s 2 who should be in and 2 who should be out of the squad tonight…

Out: Jesus

I know that some Man City fans may disagree with this one. He did score at the weekend.

However, after the game, a lot of fans said that he was greedy throughout the game. There were times when he should have passed in order to create more chances but he didn’t.

Man City work as a team. He doesn’t seem to appreciate that at the minute.

Out: Otamendi

Guardiola made a decision to change things up against Crystal Palace. He didn’t play Otamendi.

Fans were happy with the decision as his form has been one of the worst in the squads. Man City performed better without him and that’s why he shouldn’t be in the squad again tonight.

There’s a lot of good things to mention coming out of the Man City squad. For example, Ederson had a great game at the weekend. Phil Foden got some minutes and people believe Eric Garcia should get a chance tonight.

However, while things are working, Pep should keep it that way.

In: Aguero

Sergio Aguero is a man who appreciates teamwork. Fans believe that if he was in the position of Jesus against Crystal Palace, more goals would have happened.

Even if Aguero starts and gets replaced later on, Jesus needs to understand that being that greedy doesn’t win games.

In: Cancelo

When the team sheet went up at the weekend, fans were quick to realise that there were no centre backs in the squad.

Pep Guardiola’s plan clearly worked as the team looked a lot more solid. However, one player who coped with that change was Joao Cancelo. He should start again tonight.

Man City keeping tabs on the highly-rated 19y/o Bundesliga striker

The Sun has reported that Man City have joined the race for another player. Apparently, the Premier League Champions are interested in Salzburg star, Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian youngster has caught the eye of some top clubs. This comes after he scored a staggering 18 goals in 11 games so far this season.

He’s earned himself some rave reviews after his efforts in the Under 20’s World Cup. The 19-year-old scored a world record 9 goals in one game.

Some Man City fans will be interested to know that he is the son of Alf Inge. So if the teenager was to move to the Etihad, he would be following in his dad’s footsteps.

Scouts

Man City scouts have been sent out to watch the youngster. They attended the Liverpool Champions League clash with Red Bull Salzburg.

Haaland scored in the game, however, his team lost 4-3 in the end. That hasn’t put anyone off the teenager though.

In fact, scouts say they are confident they could strike a deal with his current club. They were impressed by his style of play at his age.

Competition

However, if Man City want this man, they’ll have to work hard and look at the money side of things closely.

Haaland has been continuously linked with a move away from the Austrian side. Teams like Man United, Real Madrid and Barcelona have shown interest.

Fortunately for the blues, Haaland branded the Red Devil’s as ‘boring.’ That wouldn’t stop him from looking elsewhere.

Willing to wait

If Salzburg were to sell the teenager, they would be looking at around 50 million for him. Although, it looks like they might not sell him in January.

This is important as Pep Guardiola has stated that he is willing to wait for the talented player.

Man City will soon be looking for a Sergio Aguero replacement. Even if the striker doesn’t leave the Etihad soon, they will need someone to work to his level. Haaland could be that man, but not until next year.

2 things we learnt from Man City Women’s draw with Atletico Madrid

Man City women faced Atlético Madrid on Wednesday night in their next round of the Champions League. The game ended 1-1. Who goes through to the next stage will now be decided in an away leg.

Nick Cushing’s side started off really well and went 1-0 up. However, they ended up conceding in the second half and couldn’t find a winner.

It wasn’t the typical blues performance that fans were used to. Man City are top of the Women’s Super League. They’ve done well in all competitions and even won their first Champions League clash, 7-1.

Now they will have to wait to see their fate in the competition because the draw won’t give them any ease in the next round.

However, there are a few reasons to why Man City may have under-performed. The Champions League is adding another game onto their weekly schedule. It’s probably tiring them out.

They also have a few players like Georgia Stanway out injured. Also, Atlético are are a brilliant side.

Here’s two things that fans learned from the performance…

Ellie Roebuck

Ellie Roebuck has been filling in as the first choice keeper at Man City. In the first game of the season against Man United, I witnessed her make some amazing saves.

Although, I didn’t know if she would be consistent. However, she has proven me wrong. Last night, she was one talking point from a lot of people.

If it wasn’t for her, Man City could have conceded a few more. She is world-class.

Concentration

Sorry to be negative here but Nick Cushing said after the match that his side seemed to lose concentration.

I’ve watched the highlights and I have to agree. It looked like they were so focussed on the fact they had scored that they forgot they needed to keep it that way.

Like I said earlier, they have an extra fixture to fulfil in their schedule so tiredness will come. However, if they want to succeed in the Champions League this season, they will have to keep it going for the full 90 minutes.

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