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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…


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.

2 positives Man City will take away from the Carabao Cup win

Man City faced Southampton last night in the Carabao Cup. Here’s two positives that they will be able to take from the game.

Pep Guardiola’s side managed to win 3-1 last night.

Arguably, the second half was worse than the first for the blues. However, they can still take some positives from the game.

For example, Southampton only scored after Man City had already scored 3. However, Guardiola would have appreciated a clean sheet.

Here are two positives that the side will get to reflect on…


The Man City player hasn’t had the best start to the season. He even was on the bench in a couple of games and other options were used.

However, last night he headed home the first Man City goal. This proves that resting him has had an impact on his performance.


Another positive from last night is the talent in the team coming out of the young players.

Phil Foden, Eric Garcia and Tommy Doyle were all in the starting line up and managed to impress. It looks like this could be the new generation of Man City footballers.

2 Man City fringe players that need game time tonight against Southampton

Man City boss Pep Guardiola

Man City play Southampton tonight in the Carabao Cup. The Football Manc Cave are picking two players who should get some game time tonight.

Man City will be more focused on Premier League football rather than Cup Competitions at this time.

Even though Pep Guardiola tries to win all competitions, tonight might give him a chance to give some game time to some out of favour players.

However he will not want to lose the game after the poor results that Man City have already faced this season.

With that in mind, here are two players who should get a chance at trying to impress tonight…

Eric Garcia

The 18 year old has really impressed in past cup game fixtures. He’s been on the bench a lot in Premier League games but he’s not been given a real chance.

However, that could change for the youngster tonight. Fernandinho was sent off against Aston Villa which opens up a defensive position.

Phil Foden

Phil Foden has been featured in quite a few Premier League games recently but has been brought on as a substitute pretty late on.

Fans always argue that Foden is more than just a Carabao Cup player. However, he could be the man to take over in midfield next year from David Silva. Therefore, this is a perfect opportunity for some game time for the youngster.

Napoli’s 23-year old midfielder on Man City’s radar in January

According to Calciomercato.com, Man City have a strong interest in Napoli’s, Fabian Ruiz. However, it doesn’t look like they want to sell him anytime soon.

The Napoli midfielder has impressed recently and Pep Guardiola wants him to move to the Premier League.

However, Napoli management have other ideas. The price of the midfielder is expected to increase with interest from other clubs.

Man City scouts will still be sent out to watch the 23-year old but getting him to sign a contract might be a problem.


Napoli bosses paid €30 million for the midfielder. If Man City want to buy him they will be looking at a much higher price.

It looks like Napoli bosses will want to make a profit as they want around €180 million for their man.

David Silva

Man City will be looking for a David Silva replacement at the end of this season.

The 23 year old central midfielder will be a perfect replacement if they could get pen to paper. He can also operate the left of midfield and act as an attacking midfielder.

Former Man City star in talks to join Smalling at Roma

According to the Daily Mail, Jack Rodwell could be on his way to Roma. The former Man City and Blackburn player is currently a free agent and is in need of a new home.

The Daily Mail have explained how the midfielder will now undergo a series of fitness tests before the decision is made in his future.

Rodwell has been without a club since he left Blackburn earlier this year. Now it looks like an unexpected move to Italy will be on the cards.

Roma are seeking free agents to help with their injury crisis. The 28 year old could now be their next addition.

Chris Smalling

If Rodwell does pass fitness tests and negotiations are made, he will be joining Man United’s Chris Smalling.

Smalling went out on loan to the Italian side this year. Both players are known centre backs and Rodwell will have someone to guide him while he’s there.


Rodwell started his career with Everton. He then had spells at Man City, Sunderland and Blackburn.

He’s also got international cals to his name for England. However, he’s only ever played for these Premier League sides so a move to Italy will be a bug change.

Man City’s backline should look like this against Aston Villa

Man City boss Pep Guardiola

Man City play Aston Villa this weekend and will be aiming to take three points. The Football Manc Cave are predicting the defence in which Pep Guardiola will go with.

Man City have had injury blows pretty much all season. Especially to their defence.

However, Pep Guardiola is a man who can improvise. He’s known for preparing his players to be versatile.

Man City’s last match was a Champions League clash against Atalanta. In that game, Rodri was put in a centre back position. Unfortunately, he was injured. Another big blow to the squad.

With that in mind, here’s how Man City’s back line should look this weekend…

Kyle Walker

One of Man City’s most consistent defenders. The right back obviously will be in that starting line up.

As long as Walker stays away from injury, his position will stay safe in the Man City squad.

John Stones

Stones isn’t one of my favourite players. However, he had to replace Rodri when he went off injured.

I would rather Stones started against Aston Villa over Otamendi. Although, I do think Pep will have Stones on the bench with Otamendi starting.


The defensive midfielder has had to drop into a centre back position this season. This was part of Guardiola’s plan to keep his defence strong.

That plan has been 100% effective. Fernandinho has been consistent, hard working and even went out as captain in Man City’s last game. He’s a natural leader at the back.

Joao Cancelo

Benjamin Mendy started in the left back position in Man City’s last clash. This led to some fans saying he wasn’t good enough to be in the first team.

However, Cancelo replaced him in the 71st minute and fans praised his performance. This is why he should be considered again.

Man City to battle it out for Napoli’s 23 y/o

According to The Guardian, Man City are interested in Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz. However, they do have competition.

The reports are claiming that Man City are monitoring the 23 year old. The only thing is, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in the midfielder.

Ruiz is a comfortable central midfielder. However, he can also operate the left wing. He has also been compared to David Silva.

This could be a great opportunity for Man City to recruit someone in time to replace their current Captain.

Napoli signed Ruiz from Betis last year. They paid the £25.5 million buyout clause for the player. They will now expect a significant return on that investment if he leaves this summer.


So far, Ruiz has impressed teams in Serie A and in Europe with his efforts.

He won outstanding player of the Under 21 European Championship last summer. Now he’s continued to impress and draw in attention.

Man City

However, in order for Man City to get their man, some relationships will need to be rebuilt.

Napoli and Man City had some disagreements over Jorginho who ended up going to Chelsea. If the right price is met for Ruiz, the deal could go through.

Man City scouting highly rated 19 year old

According to journalist, Nicolo Schira, PSG and Man City scouts have recently been in Italy. They’ve been out there to monitor Sandro Tonali.

The 19 year old defensive midfielder currently plays for Serie A side, Brescia. He’s had 7 starts so far this season and is impressing a lot of other clubs.

The teenager started his career at Piacenza before moving to Brescia. He’s also played for Italy’s youth teams.

However, with him generating so much interest at this age, a move could be on the cards for him as he hasn’t got much experience.

The only thing is, where will he go?

Man City

While Man City are monitoring the 19 year old and have a great development squad for him to join, they do have competition.

Man City scouts are known for finding great talent but other clubs also have top scouts known for finding these players too. Inter Milan. Juventus and AC Milan are all meant to be interested in the midfielder.


According to WhoScored.com, the teenager has a Serie A overall rating of 7.13. He has an overall rating of 7.08 throughout all competitions.

WhoScored have listed key passes, taking set pieces, through balls and dribbling as his strongest attributes. These are all qualities that would be welcomed at Man City.

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 to go to battle with Barcelona over Anderlecht star

Anderlecht’s 19 year old, Albert Sambi Lokonga is generating a lot of interest. Could a move to the Premier League be on the cards? Man City is one of the latest teams to be monitoring the teenager.

According to Marca, clubs like Man City and Barcelona are currently looking at the Belgian midfielder.

His contract at Anderlecht runs out in June. This should allow him a chance to think about his future and where he wants to go.

Lokonga has said that his ideal plan would be to stay with Anderlecht for another two years. However, he knows that might not be likely when European clubs start to put their tempting offers in.


Even though Anderlecht haven’t had the best start to the season, Lokonga has stood out.

Vincent Kompany was the player-manager at the club earlier this season. He departed the Etihad to take the job. If Lokonga wants any advice, he can always ask the ex-Man City Captain.


The 19-year-old is a comfortable defensive and central midfielder. If he was to make a move to the Etihad, he could offer help and relief for a few players.

Fernandinho has proven he’s a capable defender rather than a midfielder. Players like Gundogan could do with an understudy. David Silva will be leaving at the end of the season. Phil Foden could be breaking into the first team to cover Silva’s departure.

All of these reasons would give the teenager a chance. He could offer Foden some relief from playing 90 minutes next season. The other midfielders could also benefit from having a younger player on the bench as an option.

However, wherever he moves to will have to offer him something promising in order to convince him to move.

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