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2 exciting Man City prospects that you simply need to keep tabs on, could be worth big money

Manchester City has the greatest quality and depth of any side in the Premier League. Even the youngsters are being hailed as future superstars, including two in particular…

Since 2008, Man City have been meticulously planning for the future. Now, in 2019, we’ve seen it paid off.

However, Man City have been purchasing players left, right and centre and have had many a different eleven for the fans to connect with.

This is begging to become less prevalent as Man City spend less and supply their own talent more often.

Jadon Sancho was one who was part of the Man City academy before moving to Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and being hailed a £100million player.

The Football Manc Cave introduces two prolific youngsters that will get Man City tonnes of trophies, cash, or both.

Phil Foden

Foden has been constantly praised by Pep Guardiola and has been referred to as the most talented player the Spanish manager has ever worked with.

Foden is a product of Man City’s youth. Is Guardiola overexaggerating the production of his academy or is Phil Foden going to be the greatest midfield the world has ever seen?

It is yet to be discovered. But the youngster has this season to seal a starting eleven spot as David Silva moves on in less than a year’s time.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

The 22-year-old full-back joined Man City in 2016 for a fee or around £1million.

This may be one of the smartest deals ever made by the club, as the Ukrainian is now seen at left-back on a weekly basis.

Quick, attacking, young full-backs fetch a sweet penny. Should the youngster’s form continue, he could be looking at a big £60million move to a European club in years to come.

2 players need to step up to see Man City ease past Spurs

From one big Manchester/London game to another, Man City face Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad in the toughest Premier League game so far.

Spurs famously knocked Man City out of the Champions League last season. Can they imitate the same kind of confidence to cause a huge upset in the race for the Premier League title?

The Premier League this season has become very complex, and ponders many questions… Will Man City run away with it? Will Liverpool slip and will Spurs step up? Who will exceed out of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd?

Answers may begin to appear very early in the season, as Spurs face Man City at the Etihad in the second game of the Premier League.

Spurs

Tottenham is now the most highly rated London team as their rivals begin to slip into the realms of the race for fourth place. Spurs’ ultimate goal should now be to win the Premier League. Manager Pochettino is well aware that his squad should not have let 3rd place slip last season. Spurs can comfortably make top 4, so all that’s worth playing for is the Premier League trophy.

This could bring out a very confident, direct and competitive Tottenham Hotspur against Man City.

Pochettino could set up in a defensive and compact manner. Seeing the likes of Ndombele and Sissoko to match David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

The killer for Spurs will be the direct, counter-attacking threat. However, without Son Heung-min in the side, Lucas Moura will have to be the legs for the forward line.

Man City

Asserting their dominance with a big win over Spurs could be the turning point already, where the Citizens run away with title once again. With Man Utd crushing Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford, matching their neighbours by obliterating a better London side.

Furthermore, beating the third-best team in the league easily, as they beat everyone else would really put a dampener on the spirits of the league.

With Sane injured, we may see Mahrez step in his place after impressing against West Ham. But having the option between him and Bernardo Silva can’t hurt their chances of success.

It is likely that Pep Guardiola will favour Gabriel Jesus over Sergio Aguero once again. But it appears Raheem Sterling is taking the reigns on the goal-scoring front, so the South Americans have to step their game up too.

Man City are the best-drilled and most confident team in the league, as well as being the most talented. But if a fully focused and motivated Tottenham Hotspur turn up to fight, they could throw a spanner in the works for Man City’s third consecutive Premier League trophy.

Does Raheem Sterling want to be Man City’s main striker?

Man City’s 5-0 victory over West Ham saw Sterling get a hattrick on an opening day. By the looks of it, there’s plenty more to see from him…

Guardiola himself has said that being a striker would be an incredible position for Sterling. Understandable, seeing as he has scored a minimum of a goal per game since the beginning of Man City’s pre-season tour.

Gabriel Jesus is beginning to see more game time as Sergio Aguero reaches the latter stages of his career at 34 years old. But it looks as though Sterling is the one keen on filling the Argentine’s boots in becoming Man City’s goal scorer.

Upon Man City receiving a penalty against West Ham, Sterling and Aguero had to debate who took it.

This demonstrates how highly Sterling believes his impact is on the squad, to challenge a figure like Aguero. His behavior, motivation, and determination show a player itching to be in thoughts of the manager, for some reason or other.

In this case, it appears that Sterling wants to be the main man at Manchester City.

The English international has been pivotal to Man City’s recent back-to-back Premier League title. Finishing second top goal scorer in both seasons, with a total of 48 goals across the two, he will be looking to take up a notch this season.

What will be different about his game this season?

Many forget that he is only 24-years of age, and it is common for wingers to develop into magnificent strikers. Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi to name a few.

Come Christmas-time and Raheem Sterling is miles ahead of Aguero and Jesus on goals will we see him become the main man up front? What would come of Jesus and who would play on the wing instead?

Sterling has become increasingly clinical in front of goal over recent months and seasons. It is evident that he wants to score goals in and around the box for Manchester City.

We could see Guardiola give him these opportunities this season should he continue bagging goals in this fashion. Let’s just hope he can do it for England.

The Man City B team that would win the Premier League – Agree?

The distance between Man City and the rest of the league only grows larger after seeing this…

To be a part of Guardiola’s Man City, you must be talented and determined. But it still comes as a surprise that the once underdogs of the league have a B team that could still best the rest.

The Telegraph reported that Mourinho told Sky Sports: “Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool, and Man City B team. When I looked at the bench [against West Ham], the players not involved, I think the [City] B team could fight for the title.”

It is evident that Man City and Liverpool are the only teams who can fight for the title this season. Perhaps Spurs could sneak in there, but even as the third-best team in the league, they are a longshot from the top.

This leaves Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd lost below 3rd place in the Premier League. Meaning that Man City’s B team beats all three of these English giants hands-down.

The Football Manc Cave bring you Man City’s B team that could challenge for the Premier League title this season…

Attack

Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are interchangeable at number nine. However, with the Argentine reaching 34 years of age, Guardiola appears to be making room for the 22-year-old Brazilian. This leaves one of the Premier League’s greatest ever strikers to come on off the bench. Sane has been favoured less than Sterling and Bernardo Silva and has suffered a crucial injury that puts him out for half the season. Whilst this talented winger has what it takes to start, he is definitely in Pep’s B side.

Midfield

In the midfield we have Phil Foden, “Phil is the most, most, most talented player I have ever seen in my career as a manager” is what Guardiola said about the youngster. Making anything I have to add fairly irrelevant. Next to him would be the Brazilian brick wall Fernandinho and newly contracted Ilkay Gundogan, who the Blues clearly have faith in to impact the side off the bench.

Defence

In net is Bravo, who is a trusted second keeper behind Ederson, given faith to pull through in the Community Shield victory against Liverpool.

Otamendi and Mangala are favoured much less than Stones and Laporte. But this partnership has defensive experience and physicality, competent enough to see a side to many victories.

Right-back would be Kyle Walker, who has proven his quality time and time again for Man City. However, the incoming Joao Cancelo is likely to take the Englishman place. This gives Guardiola a B team right-back who is already proven as a champion.

Left-back could be Man City’s weakness in Angelino. But the promising youngster surrounded by sheer talent and quality could see his ability and confidence grow, as his team pull him throughout the stretch of the season.

Man City’s transfer window: how did Guardiola do?

Whoever thought this Man City squad couldn’t get any better were proved wrong this summer in the transfer window.

Manchester City has come off the back of a season that saw multiple avenues of success. Winning four out of four domestic trophies. Guardiola’s only weakness was European success with Man City.

Many would assume that given a second crack, the Man City squad of last season are good enough to reach the Champions League final. However, with the transfers made this summer, they could go much further in Europe.

Guardiola’s squad had arguably only two weaknesses, right-back and central-defensive midfield. With Kyle Walker losing a yard of pace but becoming more defensively experienced, he is being favoured at centre-back. Fernandinho was relied on as the rock of the defensive midfield. However, at 34 years of age with no competition for his spot, there was cause for concern.

To patch up the holes in his squad, Guardiola in typical Man City fashion has brought in two of Europe’s most elite footballers. Here are the three major factors of City’s transfer window that put the club in good stead for the future…

Joao Cancelo

Joao Cancelo is Man City’s new right-back. The 25-year-old was a starter in a very successful Juventus side, as well as winning UEFA Nations League with Portugal. Guardiola has brought in an exciting talent who knows what it takes to win.

Rodri

A slightly different character was brought in to replace Fernandinho. Rodri was bought from Atletico Madrid for £62million and has been in favour since proving his talent in pre-season. Rodri is a player, unlike Cancelo, who was not a ‘top dog’ in his previous league. However, bringing in a mix of champions and those who seek that title, will keep a healthy and hungry balance within the squad.

Living in the present and future, not the past

Young players such as Philippe Sandler have been given loan opportunities, demonstrating their hunger to provide a solid future for the club. Players who are deemed surplus to requirements such as Fabian Delph, Danilo and Douglas Luiz have been offloaded from the squad. This allows the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko to make more game time this season.

The Blues have gotten off to a good start this season by winning the Community Shield. And with the fantastic and intelligent transfer business in this window, it may be the start of their collection of trophies this season.

Two things we have learnt from Man City’s preseason

What is Manchester City’s form like going into the Premier League season? Here are two things we’ve learned about Pep Guardiola’s squad in pre-season.

Guardiola has had four pre-season games, plus the Community Shield victory over Liverpool, to prepare his squad for the campaign.

Out of the five games played, Man City have only lost one. Where Wolves held the side to a goalless draw, and won on penalties. However, Man City’s big wins came against a heavily rotated West Ham and two Japanese teams during the pre-season tour. As well as a 1-1 draw against Liverpool.

Wolves and Liverpool are both in the top 8 sides of the Premier League, and Man City struggled to break each of them down.

Third time unlucky?

In a season where Man City will be looking to be the second club to win the Premier League for the third season in a row, it may well not be too easy this time around. Over the past two Man City season wins, the gap between themselves and Spurs, and Liverpool has closed massively. Teams such as Everton, Wolves and Leicester are swimming into the big pond as Chelsea, Arsenal and Man Utd are desperate to put pressure on the top 3. Man City will be given a run for their money by the top 7 or 8 clubs in the league.

Man City can still score goals. Lots of them.

Man City of previous years have been known to destroy their opponents. Particularly the 6-0 win over Chelsea and the 9-0 win over Burton Albion. It is clear from the 14 goals in 5 games of pre-season that the majority of Guardiola’s squad are still pedigrees.

Raheem Sterling has been the one hitting the back of the net for the Citizens, whilst Aguero and Gabriel Jesus have been absent. If Sterling keeps his form and the two South Americans pull their weight also, Man City will get goals galore this season.

Two of Man City’s best deadline day signings, agree?

Wait until the final day, Man City fans. Because these two fantastic servants were snapped up on deadline days.

The transfer window ends in a few hours. Fans and clubs alike are most definitely in ‘panic mode’ as they prepare for the new season ahead.

Man City have already bolstered a squad of champions by adding Rodri from Atletico Madrid and Joao Cancelo from Juventus. However, with the type of signings, Man City have made on past deadline days, Man City fans have every right to hold their breath.

Here are two, of many, brilliant deadline day transfers for Man City…

Pablo Zabaleta

Signed in 2008, when the club came into money, Zabaleta remained at the club for nine years. Through the heavy chopping and changing of players and managers, Zabaleta survived and is renown as one Man City’s best ever full-backs. Bringing ample amounts of success to the squad. Now, at 34 years of age, the Argentinian remains at the top flight of English football with West Ham.

Matija Nastasic

The Serbian defender was brought in on the deadline day of summer 2012, from Fiorentina. During his three year spell at the club, Nastasic was a regular starter for the Blues as they deemed to have found themselves their own Nemanja Vidic.

Playing 51 games for the club, he did play a part in the solidarity of Man City’s defence. It is clear that the Serbian is a talented footballer, currently playing regular football for Schalke in Germany, the defender has far from ‘dropped off’.

Although Nastasic will not go down in history for Man City, he does symbolise the calibre of signing that the Citizens are capable of pulling off on deadline day.

With regards to this, Man City fans should remain hopeful until the day after the deadline. Man City could sign a future servant like Zabaleta, or a talented short-term fix like Nastasic. Either way, it is clear that the recruitment department of Manchester City is second to none in the Premier League.

One to watch: Man City snap up 14y/o ahead of Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal

Man City’s academy has another fantastic talent in their academy after signing Kane Taylor.

Manchester City beat Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League. Now they have beaten them in the race to sign one of the best teenage talents in the country.

According to the Telegraph, 14-year-old Kane Taylor ‘de-registered at Villa last season meaning that he was available for £129,000 compensation under the Elite Player Performance Plan tariffs‘.

Man City have been clever about the signing, as waiting for him to turn of age would result in having to pay a significantly higher fee.

The 14-year-old left-footed midfielder impressed clubs in the Premier League whilst playing for Aston Villa,

Man City have been signing young talents to join their academy since 2008. Darko Gyabi and Daniel Ogwuru are examples of how the club has been adding to their academy from other clubs for the past 11 years.

Why is Man City the best place for Kane Taylor?

Kane Taylor will succeed in one of Europe’s greatest academy’s that have played a part in producing the likes of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, even Ryan Giggs.

The Citizens are clearly planning for the future, as we could see Taylor be slowly integrated into the squad in four or five years time. This was the case with Phil Foden, who is now one of England’s most exciting talents.

The likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva coming toward the end of the best part of their career. It’s important for the Blues to bring through their young talent. Perhaps the days of big spending is over, and Man City are beginning to replicate the formula that Man Utd once had. Producing your own talent and being successful.

Being snapped up by Man City means that this boy has some serious talent. He will most certainly be a name we see introduced into the squad in the years to come.

Two reasons why Man City’s renewal of midfielder is a bad move

Ilkay Gundogan will stay at Man City until 2022 after agreeing to terms with the club. Why is this a bad move for Man City?

The 28-year-old German midfielder was Pep Guardiola’s first signing for the club. In summer of 2016, he signed from Dortmund for around £24million.

Although the midfielder is a quality talent, he has never provided much towards Manchester City’s success. After the arrival for Kevin De Bruyne in particular, the German is not prolific enough to be a regular starter.

Despite understanding Guardiola’s methods, after three years under his reign, here are two reasons Gundogan should have been let go by Man City…

Surplus to requirements

Manchester City has the best midfield three in England, possibly in Europe. With David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri all looking to be the starting three of the upcoming campaign. For depth, the Citizens have Fernandinho, who is still in contention for starting football, and Phil Foden who will feature heavily this season and the seasons to come. It is difficult to understand where Gundogan fits in this hierarchy. He could be taking game time away from upcoming prospects.

Same old?

Gundogan was Pep’s first signing when he arrived at the Etihad. The German may symbolise the style of play that Man City have adopted since his arrival. This is cause for concern as it is imperative for champions to adapt their style over the seasons to keep opponents on their toes. This contract renewal may symbolise the stubbornness and rigidity of Guardiola’s style, indicating to challengers that they can expect to see the same Man City this season. This could allow teams to figure them out a lot easier and prevent dropping the same amount of points against the Blues this season.

Man City will make a season statement against Liverpool with this starting 11 today

Manchester City and Liverpool, the two best teams in England last season, will go head-to-head for the first piece of silverware in the 19/20 season.

Guardiola will be looking to start the season strong with a win over Liverpool in the Community Shield.

Man City’s pre-season has been vastly different from their challengers Liverpool, having the Citizens win three of their four games. They only lost to Wolves on penalties.

Liverpool, on the other hand, has had three losses, one draw and a recent win against Lyon in their last five friendlies. Pre-season often, but not always, dictates what the following season will look like for the club. But with the incredible accomplishments, Liverpool made last season, it would be ridiculous to rule them out of winning any of the trophies.

Despite being the least prolific of competitions, both sides will be eager to pick up the silverware. It also gives each coach a view on where they are compared to their opponents, and the two teams will be trying to gauge each other. Therefore, we can expect a strong line up on each side.

The Football Manc Cave gives you the starting eleven that Pep Guardiola should go with against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield…

Defence

With Walker, Laporte, and Stones, Man City have an experienced defence. The three will have dealt with the Liverpool attack in recent seasons. With the rise of the young Zinchenko last season, Guardiola should put trust in him to cope with and learn from his battles against the Liverpool attack.

Midfield

Guardiola has favoured Rodri since his £62million arrival from Atletico Madrid. The defensive midfielder has put in great competition for Fernandinho, which makes him a fantastic signing as he is intended to be his replacement. Giving Rodri a taste of a competitive match against their biggest rivals for silverware will give the new boy a sense of what life in the Premier League will be like.

David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are included because they are two of the best midfielders in the world. The two can turn any game on its head and are pivotal to Man City’s success.

Attack

Sergio Aguero may well make an appearance, as himself and Gabriel Jesus are back in training ahead of the match.

Gabriel Jesus should begin the game. After scoring in the semi-final of Copa America to knock Aguero’s Argentina out, and bagging a goal against Peru in the final to lift the cup, it makes sense to give the 22-year-old Brazilian the opportunity over the 31-year-old Argentinian.

Jesus could be the future of Man City’s attack and should be given more opportunities has Aguero ages. Against Liverpool Pep can see how he links up with Sterling and Bernardo Silva.

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