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Man City fans react to Wolves defeat – ‘Painful. We have injuries & up against FA that wants Liverpool to win’

Manchester City lost further points on Liverpool, following a 0-2 defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Liverpool won 2-1 against Leicester City on Saturday, opening up an eight-point cushion over City.

The Blues weren’t at the races on Sunday from minute one. Without De Bruyne, City looked lethargic and passive in the attack. Albeit Wolves defended resolutely, and counter attacked with real pace and quality.

A hugely disappointing day for The Blues. With Liverpool winning their last 17 Premier League games, it will take a monumental collapse from here to lose it, although we all know they’re capable of that.

Let’s see how Twitter reacted to Wolves’ shock win at the Etihad Stadium…

Man City’s best 11 from the FIFA 20 ratings is ridiculous

Man City, unsurprisingly, have the highest rated squad in England, on FIFA 20.

Let’s kick-off in goal. Ederson has had a huge jump in rating, now at 88, is the fourth highest-rated goalkeeper in the league. The 93 kicking is his highest attribute, probably fair, I’ve never seen a ‘keeper kick a ball as far in my life, scary talent.

At right-back, I imagine every man and his dog will be picking Kyle Walker in Ultimate Team. Not because of his 84 rating, but due to his 91 pace, that’s harsh in my opinion, I’d be giving him 95+. At left-back, controversially perhaps, Benjamin Mendy is rated better than Oleksandr Zinchenko. Despite Mendy rarely playing in the past two seasons, and Zinchenko nailing down a starting spot.

Aymeric Laporte is rightly the second-best defender in the Premier League, behind Virgil Van Dijk. Alongside him, you can opt for John Stones or Nicolas Otamendi. Both are rated 83, take your pick. The ball-playing Englishman, or tough-tackling Argentinian?

Man City’s midfield

In the holding role, Fernandinho is rated at 87. His card is so well rounded, a top player in-game and in real life. Rodri has seemingly taken his position in the starting 11, however, the Brazilian has been a top servant to Man City over the years, and will do a job when called upon later in the season.

Kevin De Bruyne is the only Man City player to be rated above 90, as he gets an upgrade to a 91 rated card in FIFA 20. His stats are ridiculous, too. 86 shooting, 92 passing and 87 dribblings. A must for any side. David Silva isn’t bad either, just the 88 passing and 89 dribbling for him. Two wonderful midfielders that are probably the best in the Premier League.

Onto the devastating forward line. Leroy Sane doesn’t make the cut, which tells you everything you need to know. Bernardo Silva lines up on the right-wing, with an 87 overall. Raheem Sterling on the left, 93 pace and 89 dribbling. I expect Walker to have something to say about Sterling having more pace than him, interesting, depends on the distance. While Sergio Aguero is City’s second highest-rated player with 89 and leads the line.

A ridiculous team in real life. A ridiculous team on FIFA 20.

Is Trevor Sinclair right about Man City’s 24y/o?

Trevor Sinclair has claimed that Raheem Sterling is ‘already up there’ with Ronaldo and Messi. At only 24-years-old, how long will it be until he surpasses them?

Football fans of all loyalties will admit that Raheem Sterling is one of the best talents available right now. If those football fans are English, they have the privilege of supporting him in a white shirt on the international stage.

Sterling has scored six goals and gotten four assists in the four UEFA Euro Qualifier games so far. Which is not only a testament to England rapid improvement over recent years but also to the talent of the individual.

The winger seems to have developed a keen eye for goal. Looking to rival teammate Sergio Aguero on the Premier League goals tally, even resulting in a spat or two over who takes the penalties.

Upping his game

Sterling is currently on five goals, whilst Aguero tops the table on seven, in less game-time. Sterling rivalling himself against one of Europe’s best goal scorers demonstrates what kind of challenge Sterling is up for.

Many players have this sort of talent, and many others have this sort of appetite and attitude. However, when an individual excels in both their physical ability and their mentality, the concoction results in the type of players we hear about growing up. Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Messi, Iniesta, Van Persie etc.

Sterling is well on his way to becoming a player of that ilk, for he has not already. Performing on a domestic and national stage it pivotal to becoming one of the world’s greatest players, and he certainly does both.

Perhaps a good run or two in the Champions League, plus the retirement of Messi and Ronaldo, will be enough for the World to accept that Raheem Sterling is one of the best players in the game.

Man City needs Pep to achieve these 2 essential things this season

Man City was paving their way to success before Pep Guardiola sent his CV to the Etihad. Ever since their success has been astronomical. However, there are two things missing that he has to achieve this season…

Pep Guardiola has concocted a squad filled to the brim with the highest quality of players in European football. They have a stunning training complex in Manchester, a domestic quadruple under their belt and a clear structure from top to bottom.

Almost sounds like the opposite of Man Utd right?

But there are 2 things that their neighbours in Red have achieved throughout their history, that Man City need to match to be considered one of Europe’s biggest clubs…

Champions League

Guardiola has failed to get any real momentum in the Champions League for Man City. Despite mass amounts of success in England.

With the quality of their squad and the resources and funds put into it, Guardiola must do this justice with a Champions League trophy. Or, at least, a fantastic Champions League final for the fans to enjoy.

Man City have clearly mastered English football, with only Liverpool looking like chasing them down.

Next step… Europe!

Youth Academy

Man City’s squad majors in getting talent from other European clubs, at a fairly high price. Man Utd, on the other hand, has always had a tendency to either produce their own talent or purchase promising young players from other clubs. Something new manager Solskjaer is re-initiating.

Man City, for the sake of their development and world-status, must begin to follow suit. Glimpses of this is being seen with the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Nevertheless, having a flowing system of the academy to first-team could see Man City rule European football for the foreseeable future.

Man City should best consider selling these 2 in January

Guardiola is fortunate enough to have one of the best squads in European football. To such an extent, that it could be time to let some of their brilliant players walk out of the door…

Manchester City has to make way for some of the young talents they have coming through. Losing the likes of Leroy Sane, Phil Foden and promising academy prospects to big European clubs can only slow down their progression.

With this in mind, here are two players that Guardiola could lose without harming the squad. As there are replacements who would benefit from their game time…

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan, 28, recently signed a contract which will take him to 2023 at the Etihad. However, should Guardiola opt against loaning out Phil Foden, the only respectable alternative is to give the youngster first-team football?

Despite Gundogan being a fantastic option as a rotational midfielder, he could be stealing game time away from the Man City youth talent.

Although David Silva is in his final season with Man City, it is probable that the Citizens will replace the Spaniard superstar with a like-for-like talent from a top European club.

Riyad Mahrez

Mahrez, 28, will turn 29 upon the return of the injured Leroy Sane. Who is considering a move to Germany due to a lack of a starting eleven football.

After coming from Leicester, Mahrez himself hasn’t seen an awful lot of game time. And at his age, he could be looking at a move away to ensure a lot of football in the final five years of his career at full fitness.

This would benefit Sane with more game time, ultimately benefiting Man City by having a happy and content world-class winger.

What’s Man City’s real motive behind Sane’s new contract offer

It could be until February that we see the Man City’s German wonder, Leroy Sane, kicking a ball about once again. But what kit will he be wearing?

Bayern Munich has reportedly maintained an interest in Leroy Sane despite the stubbornness of Man City in the transfer window. As well as the German’s unfortunate injury.

Man City are now attempting to seal a deal for a new contract with Sane. As Bayern Munich are ready to launch a bid for the winger as early as January.

Man City cannot afford to lose Leroy Sane for free…

The most obvious reasoning for Man City to renew his contract is to entice a higher bid from Bayern Munich, as the Citizens expect upwards of £130million for his services. Sane’s contract expires in summer 2021. Being only 23-year-old, he could easily see out his contract for a further year and join up with the German giants on a free transfer, usually resulting in astronomical wages for the individual.

Furthermore, with 28-year-old Mahrez being hit-or-miss when it comes to being selected on the team sheet. Alongside Bernardo Silva offering even more quality when selected for the midfield opposed to the wing, there is room for a young winger to step up and clinch the spot.

The future of Man City could have a forward three of Sterling and Sane as inverted wingers whilst Gabriel Jesus sits up top as a number 9, which sounds utterly terrifying. Not to mention having Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Rodri as the midfield three behind them. And that alone is a reason to get the German’s name on the dotted line.

It may be an extension of Sane’s services. Or it may be a ploy to attract more funds from Bayern Munich for his replacement. Either way, failing to get Leroy Sane to sign a new deal can only harm the progression of Man City.

2 reasons why sending Man City’s Foden out on loan is a fantastic idea

Pep Guardiola described 19-year-old Phil Foden as ‘the most talented player’ that the Man City boss had ever worked with. But he isn’t getting too much game time at the Etihad…

Ex- Liverpool, Real Madrid and Man Utd man Michael Owen has come out and said that Phil Foden should be sent on loan to get more game time under his belt.

Owen has been in Foden’s position of being one of the most highly regarded youngsters in world football. He said that it isn’t common for players to reach high standards without going out and getting that experience. “Look at the England team, there are hardly any players who go straight through. You have Marcus Rashford but apart from that there are few who don’t go and get experience”.

If Foden’s magnificent display in the recent 2-0 win for England U21’s over Kosovo, where the midfielder scored both goals isn’t enough for him to get onto the team sheet. Then here are two reasons why the youngster needs to be sent out on loan…

Season-ready

Guardiola’s Man City looks very different without one key ingredient; David Silva. He famously features in almost every single game for the Blues. By the way the manager speaks about Foden, it is highly likely that he sees him as the replacement for David Silva. A majestic midfielder who will embody the talent and quality of the entire Man City squad, featuring in every game.

To ready him for this, a season or two in a tough and competitive league such as the Championship would make his transition into first-team football a lot smoother and potentially a lot sooner.

Confidence

Although Foden is blessed with the ability to train with some of the country’s top football talents, the young midfielder will be in the shadow of his teammates. Out on loan, Foden can get a taste for being a first-team fan favourite where his team rely on him for creativity and big performances.

Giving him this hard-working and man of the match mentally will certainly benefit his game upon a return to the Etihad.

Man City’s stand out player in the opening month of the Premier League, agree?

In a Man City squad filled with depth and quality, picking out the one-star man could be tricky. However, with the calibre of performance that this player is giving the club, the choice is much more simple than expected…

Man City currently sit at second place in the Premier League table, a feeling they are not accustomed to. Liverpool currently stands atop the league, having won every game so far. Man City’s 2-2 draw at the Etihad Stadium against Tottenham Hotspur is was separates them from the Champions League winners.

However, one player, in particular, looks well on his way to clinching his side a third consecutive Premier League title.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling, who left Liverpool for Man City in 2015, has been in the shadow of striker Sergio Aguero who regularly scores the most goals for Man City in the Premier League amongst other competitions. The Argentine won the golden boot in the 2014/15 season.

As Gabriel Jesus edges his way into first-team football as Aguero edges towards 32 years old this season, it appears that Raheem Sterling is stepping up his game as he wants to be Man City’s number one goal scorer.

In the 17/18 Premier League season, Sterling scored 18 and assisted 15 in 33 games. Last season (18/19) the Jamaican-born Englishman scored 17 and assisted 12 in 34 games.

As it stands in the current season, Sterling has 5 goals and 0 assists in 4 games. But Aguero has 6 goals and 1 assist in 4 games.

Sterling and Aguero have been seen to bicker over penalty-taking rights as he looks to out-do his teammate in the goal-scoring department.

His determination to be the face of Manchester City has to lead to some fantastic performances and even better goals. His fight for the golden boot against his own teammate will likely go to the brink should both players remain injury-free.

2 players that must impress in the international break for Man City

Man City is lacking in English talent as only Raheem Sterling is called up for national duty with England.

Fortunately for them, they have worldwide talent in abundance. With the Euro 2020 qualifiers underway, these two European players need to impress on national duty to remain in favour with Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola is blessed with a squad of great depth and quality. This means that the players themselves have to stay on top of their game to remain in the title-contending squad.

International breaks are often a cause for concern for managers, as they fear injuries. But on the flip-side, ensuring that they are training and performing well before returning to their club is vital to the player’s mental and physical well being.

With that in mind, these two Man City players much impress during the International break for their home countries in order to prove themselves to Guardiola upon their return…

Ilkay Gundogan

Gundogan is favoured behind David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and to some extent; Phil Foden.

After recently signing a four-year deal, the German international must compete for game time or be constrained to the bench and inevitably waste away or move away to a lower-tier club.

Should the midfielder have a big impact on Germany’s fixtures, Guardiola could have his hand forced in favouring the experienced International over Phil Foden should an opportunity occur for one of them to get game time.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Zinchenko has been the favoured left-back for Guardiola of late. With a severe knee injury to Benjamin Mendy, Oleksandr Zinchenko made his way into the starting eleven and has had a positive impact.

However, Mendy’s return is likely to be this season. Also, Man City recently acquired 22-year-old left-back Angelino, who will be fighting for his spot.

Should Zinchenko make his mark on the Ukraine squad, Guardiola could start to consider him more of a seasoned professional who can perform at high levels. His goal will be to remain in the starting eleven upon Mendy’s return, and a great performance for his country can do nothing to harm his chances.

Can these two players cost Man City a third title?

Man City and Guardiola have dominated the league for the past three years, and little has been done to stop them. However, could these two injuries be the undoing of a third consecutive Premier League title for the Citizens?

Manchester City will have to survive without Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte for a big portion of the campaign. The Blues are known to have a squad filled with depth and quality, but it is enough to keep them at the top? In a season where Guardiola will be aiming to put Man City on the map with success in European football, these injuries can do nothing but harm their chances.

How will injuries to Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte affect Man City this season?

Aymeric Laporte played a large part of Man City’s trophy wins last season, as the side only conceded 23 goals in the Premier League. John Stones has already suffered a minor injury at the beginning of this season, relying on him week-in week-out could result in aggravation and see their choices of defenders dwindle down even further.

Leroy Sane was used as a super-sub last season. He has scored 10 goals in each of his last two Premier League campaigns, with 15 assists in 2017/18 and 11 in 2018/19.

He was also prolific in their most recent Champions League run, getting 4 goals and 4 assists in 8 games.

It is fair to say that without Sane, Man City are losing out on 20 Premier League goals and a young player who thrives in the heat of competitive European football. Furthermore, current and potential injuries to the defence could hinder their play style, as Laporte and Stones are hailed for playing out from the back.

Despite having players to step in, Guardiola has a mountain to climb, though he already near the top of it. Will he mastermind a survival plan or will the Citizens slip down?

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