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Sterling hat-trick, 5 goals & a clean sheet, and still Man City’s boss demanded more. Here are 2 things he would have learnt

The Football Manc Cave are looking at two things we learnt from watching Pep Guardiola’s Man City side that beat West Ham 5-0 at the weekend.

The opening weekend of the Premier League always brings surprises and the opening weekend of the league and this one was full of goals. With Manchester City’s closest competition, Liverpool winning 4-1 the night before, it was a goal war on the opening weekend to determine who would go to the top of the league at this early stage.

There was some VAR drama in the game although the decision was seemingly right and an awful penalty taken by Aguero got fans talking, it was a good job he got a chance to retake it.

So aside from these factors, what could be learned from the team’s performance this weekend?

Leroy Sané

When the news came in that Sané would be put for some time while he undergoes surgery due to an injury, it was a big blow. He had looked positive in pre-season and was expected to be a big part of the season for the Blues. Speculation started to grow to who would start and in what position for Man City.

I predicted that Sterling would drop to a wing position and Jesus could go upfront alone. This is exactly what happened and Man City still performed brilliantly. Jesus got on the score sheet and Raheem Sterling managed a hat-trick which was brilliant for my fantasy football team. This shows that the team can produce that same level of football without a key asset.

Training Standards

Off the back of my first point, this also proves that Pep Guardiola’s side has training standards higher than any other Premier League team. This is because other teams could have a player out injured and you’d be able to tell. With this Man City side, I honestly believe that there’s always someone else that can cover or drop into a position and perform to the same standard.

Look at when Kevin De Bruyne was out and Bernardo Silva had to reinvent himself, they still won the league. Vincent Kompany has left yet the defence is still tight. Guardiola apparently still had improvements that he wanted his squad to go over after Saturday’s performance, which is why his players always give it their all. The pressure clearly makes them strive and this is why they will win the league once again this season.

A Major Loss: Two players that could fill Sané’s role this season for Man City

After looking promising in pre-season, Leroy Sané’s season is now in jeopardy for Man City as he has sustained an injury already.

Yesterday, Pep Guardiola revealed that when Sané went off with an injury after 13 minutes in the Community Shield, he may now be out for up to 7 months. He has apparently torn his anterior cruciate ligament and will need surgery.

This is a big blow as pre-season have fans a glimpse of his growing talent that should have seen him be a big part of Man City’s season. Now that the transfer window is closed and the season starts this weekend, what plan could Pep Guardiola come up with to solve the Sané shaped hole?

Raheem Sterling

He has known to be a big contribution to Man City’s goal-scoring tally. Guardiola may now get him to move into a winger position and have Aguero and Jesus upfront. All three will no doubt be big goal scorers for the club, they’ll just have to shuffle around a little. Jesus is also capable of filling that winger position if needed and could help to fill the role as they are both known to be hungry for goals.

Bernardo Silva

Silva is a versatile player who was able to cover for Kevin De Bruyne last season when he was out. There’s a chance that Guardiola may ask him to reinvent himself once again and fill that winger position. It’s a big ask, however, the Man City squad is one of which players are known for being capable of switching it up and adapting to change. Silva has proven that in the past so it is an option if there are any problems with this plan, he can also rotate with Sterling and Riyad Mahrez who could also cover the wings.

Lowdown: Who is Man City’s 22 y/o Spanish winger target

We’re extremely close to the start of the football season and teams are putting final touches on training, plans and transfers. Today The Football Manc Cave are looking at Man City’s new rumoured player of interest.

According to en.as.com, Man City are willing to pay Mikel Oyarzabal’s release clause for him to move to the Manchester side. Pep Guardiola has had to consider that Leroy Sané is still linked with Bayern Munich so he may need a replacement. Real Sociedad are reluctant to let their striker leave, however, Manchester City has contacted the player’s representatives to let them know of their intentions to activate his £75 million release clause.

So Who Is He?

Oyarzabal is 22 years old and he shone during Spain’s Under 21 success this summer. He is well respected by his club and the fans of Real Sociedad, as he took over the title of the ‘heart of the club’ from Xabi Prieto. This is one main factor to why the club is trying their best to keep their player.

The winger also came through the youth ranks at Real Sociedad and Eibar. As well as his success with league football, he’s also appeared for Spain’s Under 18’s, 19’s, 21’s and their senior squad. Since signing for Real Sociedad professionally in 2015, he has appeared 132 times and managed to bag 33 goals.

His current contract with Sociedad currently runs to 2024. So it would be down to the player to make a decision on whether he wants Premier League football and to be a part of Pep Guardiola’s side. Our guess is that the players’ representatives will be asked to do everything they can, to try and keep him at his current club.

Worth Mentioning

Fans should also consider the fact that Athletic Bilbao cane knocking for the striker previously and Real Sociedad rejected their advances. This was at a time when Oyarzabal’s release clause at a much smaller fee. However, it’s not like Man City can’t afford the prices asked, and the Blues are a big appeal to players who want to boost their career even further so we will have to wait for the player’s decision.

Leroy Sané is also holding up this decision as Pep Guardiola will have to wait on his future, as that will determine whether he does need a replacement or not.

Two things Man City have learnt from their friendlies – Agree?

Man City have had a pre-season tour of Asia and despite losing in the Premier League Asia Trophy final to Wolves, The Football Manc Cave look at what Pep Guardiola and his team have learnt ahead of the season.

Man City got all the way to the final of the friendly competition only to lose on penalties, 3-2. Some players like Aguero and Ederson weren’t available in these friendlies as their summer commitments meant they had to start their summer break later than others. This gave other players a chance to shine and Pep Guardiola a chance to weigh up his options ahead of next season.

So what have the Blues learnt?

Captain

Vincent Kompany’s departure from the club at the end of last season left the captain role vacant. This pre-season campaign has given the players and Pep Guardiola an experimental chance to see who fits the bill best. Guardiola has given David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne the chance to wear the armband in these games.

He has also recently stated that the players will choose who will be their new leader. It has got to go to Silva for his final season with the club. De Bruyne started the game against Wolves as captain and was subbed later in the game, they went on to lose. However, David Silva was the captain in a recent friendly against Kitchee FC where they won 6-1. The only problem with this is when Silva does depart the club, it will leave them looking for another new captain again.

Options

These friendlies have also shown fans and the team that they have a lot of back up options. As stated at the beginning of this article, key players like Ederson and Aguero were not available for these games yet Man City have still had a good run. They’ve obviously got new signings like Rodri and Angeliño who will be exciting options ahead of next season but they’ve also got Leroy Sané.

He’s impressed and even managed to score a few in the pre-season, meaning he’s willing and ready to prove himself to Pep Guardiola and the footballing world. There’s been a lot of gossip about him this transfer window and I think he’s trying to show that he wants to stay with the Manchester side.

Man City offered player for Sane, fair swap?

Manchester City’s Leroy Sané has been in and out of the transfer window gossip this summer, and this week the Football Manc Cave has seen another rumour.

According to Sportwitness, David Alaba has been linked with a move away from Bayern Munich. Wednesday’s edition of the Catalan Newspaper, Mundo Deportivo claims that Alaba has been offered to Man City in a swap for Leroy Sané.

Bayern Munich apparently wants to offload Alaba in a swap deal for the Man City star or for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele. There’s no suggestion as of yet from the Manchester side on whether the rumours are true or not. However, Sané has been a big part of Pep Guardiola’s pre-season team.

Fair swap?

There’s some that will say if a deal can be negotiated with some money on the table as well, that this would be fair. When you look at the existing Man City squad, however, it’s a different story.

A lot of fans have realised that if this rumour is true and if it was to go ahead, it would leave the Blues with four choices for their left-back position. While it’s always good to have options, he’s definitely not needed. As well as being no place for Alaba in the squad, he’s also older than Sané.

Alaba is 27 years old and known as a defender and midfielder. He’s blossomed as a left-back in recent years so it’s now his comfortable position. Leroy Sané, on the other hand, is 23 years old and known as a winger and attacking midfielder. It just doesn’t seem like a fair deal in terms of what Man City gain from this.

Man City fans also value Sané and wouldn’t want him to go, especially not now. He’s at a young age and he’s proving himself in the squad.

We should probably also mention that this is only a rumour and that the German stance on Alaba is very different. This is probably more realistic also but apparently, he is not for sale.

Two Leroy Sane replacements for Man City should he move to Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is still set on signing Man City’s Leroy Sane, here’s who Guardiola should replace him with.

According to reports, Leroy Sane, 23, is close to a move to Bayern Munich, despite no official bid being made as of yet. The reason for the move, apparently, is due to a lack of game time given to the young winger.

With Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva being the favourites to occupy the wings, it has left little room for Sane to grow and improve the way he wants to. As a result, it is clear that the German is happy to move away from the Etihad.

Guardiola will have to find suitable quality that will also be happy to receive a similar amount of game time to Leroy Sane. Here are two options that the Blues have…

Gareth Bale

It is clear that Zidane is keen on offloading Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. Alongside Leroy Sane being unhappy with game time. It may not be a stretch to see Bale join the Citizens, and happily sit on the bench or appear in lesser threat games next season. The Welshman’s future has been up in the air all summer but may depend on the future locations of other stars before a suitable deal can be made.

Bale, despite being of the greatest players in European football, could be seeking a loan deal which allows his wages to split between his parent club. Real Madrid and whichever temporary club he finds himself at should he leave.

Paulo Dybala

The 25-year-old Argentine was one of the world’s most sought after youngsters only a few years ago. However, he hasn’t lived up to all expectations so far, especially after being shoehorned out of the side as Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus last summer.

Dybala has established himself as a number 10, attacking-midfielder. However, he could be reworked as an inverted winger in Manchester City’s squad, possibly allowing him to reach that potential.

Man City should line up against Kitchee FC with these two youngsters involved today

As Manchester City continue their pre-season tour of Asia, The Football Manc Cave look at what their starting eleven should look like against Kitchee FC.

Pep Guardiola’s side made the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend and even though it’s only classed as a pre-season warm-up, his team failed to collect the award. The game finished goalless which resulted in a penalty shootout that Man City lost 3-2 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Despite the loss, this game saw a lot of the City squad get a chance to play.

In the second half, there were plenty of substitutes that saw Guardiola’s side have nearly a complete team makeover. As well as giving youngsters a chance to play, this also gives Man City a chance to look at their new captain. Vincent Kompany’s departure has left that role vacant. The name of the player taking the armband has been up in the air. The Man City boss has stated that his squad will be picking their new leader, which is why these pre-season games have seen Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva have a go at leading the side.

Personally, I think David Silva should captain his club in what will be his last season at the Manchester side. With that in mind, this is the side I have picked for their game against Kitchee FC on Wednesday.

Quite a few of the squad such as Sergio Aguero and Ederson are entitled to holidays before joining Man City again, as they’ve been busy in other commitments over the summer. This gives other players a chance to shine for Guardiola.

Claudio Bravo has had a lot to do in pre-season, as he’s had to play in a penalty shoot-out and replace Ederson while he’s not available. He will surely get picked again on Wednesday.

Defence

Angelino didn’t get a start in their last game so maybe he should be considered as fans want to see him play. Taylor Harwood-Bellis has played well for Man City in Asia and again, he didn’t start their game against Wolves so he should be considered to be in the starting line up. Aymeric Laporte was subbed in the second half of the last game however he should definitely be in that starting line up. Finally, Kyle Walker, again, he wasn’t started on Saturday and should be given a chance. Guardiola has proven he has other options now.

Midfield

The midfield line I have changed completely. Players that were brought on to try and drive for a goal in the second half against Wolves, should be given an opportunity to start. Fans want to get a chance to see Rodri in action and he can always be brought on at any point but Lukas Nmecha, Bernardo Silva and IIkay Gundogan should all get a chance.

The main topic of conversation, David Silva should definitely start as captain. Kevin De Bruyne started as the leader of the pack on Saturday, as a bid to take the armband for next season. David Silva should have the chance to prove himself again.

Attack

Leroy Sané and Ben Knight should be given the chance to start up front together to see how they work as a duo. Raheem Sterling can always replace the young striker, and there are also other options on the bench in case Pep Guardiola’s side aren’t performing how he imagines.

This is only pre-season and a chance for youngsters to show their worth, as well as senior members to prove they need to stay in the lineup.

2 strengths, 2 weakness that could see Man City struggle in the Premier League

Manchester City winning the Premier League three times in a row may not be as possible as you think.

Last season, Pep Guardiola led the Citizens to win the domestic quadruple. Manchester City came away with their second Premier League trophy in a row after winning the league in the previous season.

Ever since the financial takeover in 2008, Man City have carefully planned and allocated money sensibly. Their club structure has brought the Blues to where they are now.

Man City now have a squad filled with extremely talented players, some of which could walk into the biggest clubs in Europe. Such as Sergio Aguero, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, Ederson, Leroy Sane and David Silva. To name a few.

Here are two strengths this Guardiola’s men have which can enable them to secure success in the upcoming season.

Squad Depth

Having Leroy Sane on the bench in place of Bernardo Silva demonstrates their squad depth, despite it potentially causing an issue to Sane. Man City has recently acquired the services of Rodri for £62.8million from Atletico Madrid, according to The Guardian. Man City will have a talented midfielder to come in when Fernandinho is unavailable.

Momentum

Pep Guardiola has instilled a winning mentality into this Man City squad. Last season, they lost only four games and drew two. Should the Blues have a successful pre-season, they could continue to storm through the Premier League.

However, there may be some weaknesses in this Manchester City team, which could see them have much less success in the 19/20 campaign. Here are two which could see Guardiola’s squad slip down the league table…

They’ve figured you out…

Manchester City plays a very intricate, possession-based build-up. Many teams facing Man City last season feared their attacking quality and sat off the players. This gives some of the best players in the league a large amount of space.

Laporte plays a crucial role as he constantly receives the ball and plays his trademark long-pass.

In Manchester United’s pre-season, we have seen that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is urging his team to press very high and chase the ball down. We have seen Man City crumble when teams put this kind of pressure on them. The next Manchester derby will be fun to watch.

Chasing the Champions League

There have been rumours circulating about Guardiola having his final season at the Etihad. According to Daily Record, he is considering a break from football. The upcoming season will be his fourth in charge of Man City and Guardiola has never been with a club for more than four seasons.

Having won all domestic trophies with Man City, Guardiola may be setting his focus on the Champions League. This could have a large effect on Manchester City’s domestic success due to the pressure and fatigue caused by European football.

Two things Sane needs to do at Man City now he’s staying

This transfer window has been as busy as ever for Manchester City, however one player they’re not letting go is Leroy Sane.

According to the Daily Mail, Bayern Munich was trying to get their hands on Sane all summer, only now have they accepted that it isn’t going to happen. With this in mind, the German is now training and playing with Guardiola’s men in pre-season.

It is said that Sane didn’t seek to force a move even though he dropped down the pecking order at the Etihad last season. The Football Manc Cave has now picked out two things that the winger can do to impress his boss and get back on top.

Premier League Asia Trophy

Today, Man City will face West Ham in the Asian cup. It’s the semi-final of the competition so it is expected that Guardiola’s side will be looking to advance into the final as he is a competitive man. However, a lot of players are missing due to other commitments. One of those players is starting favourite, Sergio Aguero. While he’s been playing for Argentina in the 2019 Copa America, Sané has been edging his way into the starting line up.

If he does start, which I’m presuming he will, this should give him the perfect opportunity to prove himself to the team, fans and Pep.

Bayern Munich

We’ve already said that Bayern Munich have shown interest in the player and they’ll probably keep monitoring him throughout the next season. If they do, Sane will be hoping to prove himself to them. Let’s say he has a brilliant pre-season that sees him get game time in the Premier League. Knowing he’s being watched by a big club will give him the motivation to impress. This way he will impress Pep Guardiola too.

So even though he’d be playing well for personal reasons and his future, Man City fans should hopefully see some great football.

3 players, that need to step up and impress in pre-season for Man City – Agree?

The Manchester City starting 11 could look slightly different next season if these three players hit the mark in pre-season.

Manchester City was all but a Champions League away from a clean sweep of trophies last season. However, winning the Champions League is no small feat, and Man City have a lot of adjustments to make to ensure domestic and European success.

Despite having the strongest squad in English football, the individuals within the team have a lot more to show for themselves.

Guardiola’s tactical prowess has resulted in an abundance of success for him at Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City. However, his man management skills will truly be tested in the upcoming season.

For those who don’t support Man City, their capabilities of winning every competition they are a part of is a scary thought. Here are three players that could make your nightmares a reality if they step up to the plate next season…

Oleksandr Zinchenko

In the 18/19 campaign, Zinchenko featured in 29 games across all competitions. The 22-year-old Ukranian has begun to gain trust from the manager and even provided 5 assists from the left-back position. Should the more established Benjamin Mendy have a season of full fitness, the left-back spot could see some fantastic competition. According to the Evening Standard, Man City are confident that Mendy can maintain his fitness throughout next season.

Gabriel Jesus

With Sergio Aguero turning 32 in the upcoming season. The 22-year-old Brazilian has stepped up his game and started emulating the figures his fellow South American reaches on a season by season basis. Although 21 goals and 6 assists in 47 appearances last season is a fantastic achievement, he is capable of much more. The striker has 16 goals in 29 games for his national side.

Leroy Sane

According to reports, Sane is keen on joining Bayern Munich. However, the 23-year-old German winger could offer buckets of quality and pace to the Manchester City side, if he can just break through to the starting 11. Guardiola must have his reasons for the lack of game time given to one of the world’s hottest prospects. But if this hurdle can be overcome, we could see a brand new Leroy Sane in the sky blue strip next season.

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