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The key Man City v Chelsea midfield battle that will win the game

Man City's Rodrigo

Man City entertain Frank Lampard’s Chelsea tomorrow in a top-four clash many wouldn’t have expected with Chelsea above Man City.

Guardiola’s men find themselves in fourth, nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Liverpool and struggling for form in recent times.

3 wins and 2 losses to Liverpool and Wolves in the last 5 league games, see the Citizen’s with a bigger gap than last year’s 7 points to make up to Liverpool. If they want to complete a treble of domestic title’s, they have to refind their groove.

Chelsea comes into the game with only one loss since the middle of September across all competitions. They surely provide a stern test once again for Man City. Albeit, Guardiola is boosted by the news that Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson is available following his injury.

As former midfielders, Guardiola and Lampard know that these type’s of games are won and lost in the midfield area. Both Jorghino and Rodrigo are excelling in the DMC role this season and could be the key to who takes the three points…

Man City’s Rodrigo

The Spanish defensive midfielder is the younger of the two and is in his debut season in the Premier League. He rates higher on whoscored.com’s ratings with 7.47 compared to Jorghino’s 7.14.

Alongside a strong passing game with 91.6% completed passes and 2.9 aerial battles won per game – it seems Rodrigo will the main man come Saturday with his offensive stats stacking up against Jorghino, with more key passes and long ball distribution per game.

To compare, Jorghinos pass completion is 88.4% and the Italian has 0.5 aerial duels won per game.

Chelsea’s Jorghino

However, the role of a defensive midfielder is to stop the attacks. This is where Chelsea’s Jorghino starts to show his age and experience over Rodigo.

He wins the battle of tackles (2.5 – 2.4), interceptions (2.1 – 0.8), less fouls given away (1 – 1.3) and blocks (0.3 – 0.2) per game.

Some of the stats are marginal. Sometimes, marginal is what it takes to win a match in the top four.

Whatever the result between these two sides. it will be a fascinating watch in the centre fo the park.

Man City can edge closer to Liverpool with these 2 key fixtures

Man City boss Pep Guardiola

It is going to be crucial for Man City to pick up as many points as possible in the next few weeks. They need to close the gap on Liverpool.

Liverpool currently sits at the top of the Premier League on 34 points. Man City have now dropped to 4th with 25 points following last weekend’s defeat.

Leicester City and Chelsea have overtaken them recently. Now it is time for the Blues to step up if they want to regain their title for the third time in a row.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost 3-1 to Liverpool last week in a VAR debated game. This caused them to fall behind even more and the gap between the two clubs has opened up.

However, Man City will have to make the most of upcoming games and try to get as many points as possible.

Here are two games that stand out…

Man City v Chelsea

Frank Lampard’s side has recently overtaken Man City in the League. They have gone to 3rd with 26 points.

However, the blues need to take advantage of them. Their team is quite young, which could see them gain from with the experience they have.

Chelsea has also not had many big goal-scoring games. Most have been 2-1 wins. Man City can try to score a few in this game to make sure they take 3 points. They face Chelsea at home next weekend.

Southampton away

This fixture isn’t until April. However, that is closer to the end of the season and it will be a critical time for City in the title race.

That is if a race is still on. Southampton is currently 19th in the League. They only have 8 points. Pep’s side has already played them twice this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side won both meetings. However, this gives them an advantage as they should know what to expect.

Man City should be going all out for Rennes 17y/o midfielder for these 2 reasons

Man City transfer target Eduardo Camavinga

According to 90min.com, Man City have joined the race for Rennes wonder-kid, Eduardo Camavinga. The Blues will face some competition for his signature.

The 17-year-old midfielder has started all games so far this season for Rennes. He has since gone from strength to strength as every game passes.

He signed a contract in the summer that puts him with the Ligue 1 side until 2021. However, European and Premier League giants have started to express their interest in the teenager.

This is an advantage to Rennes as they would have leverage over an asking price if Camavinga draws in a lot of attention.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United are all said to be interested. However, Man City are ready to fight them all off.

Here are two reasons why Man City should make him a priority signing…

Man City struggles in defence

Man City have been struggling in defence and with their defensive midfielders. Eduardo may not be able to step up to the first team straight away, however, he could help.

A lot of the Man City defenders are injured which has seen Fernandinho slide into a defensive position. Some of the midfielders have had to go into a more defensive position too.

This has had an effect on the attack. Bringing this teenager in could help. He is a comfortable defensive midfielder but also produces phenomenal assists.

Experience

Eduardo is currently starting every game for Rennes. At such a young age, that is a huge responsibility.

Even though he would probably be placed in Man City’s academy to start off with, he would bring this experience to the Premier League.

However, this may be a problem to the 17-year-old as he is getting full-time football now and may not want to give that up.

‘I think it’s Michael Oliver who needs to face a bit of action.’ Man City & Liverpool fans react to Pep Guardiola

The clash between Man City and Liverpool yesterday really caused some debates. VAR could have been used at various times throughout the game but it wasn’t. Pep Guardiola was furious and The Football Manc Cave are looking at your reactions.

All the way through the game yesterday, different players were seen questioning decisions that were made.

Twitter was filled with fans debating the decisions made. However, the biggest reaction came from Pep Guardiola.

The Man City manager was very vocal on the sidelines. He was also seen slapping his head, shouting at the officials and in general, he wasn’t happy.

This was because of missed penalty opportunities, hand balls and other decisions that could have been settled with VAR.

Although, after the game, Guardiola was seen shaking all the players’ hands from both teams. However, he sarcastically shook the officials hands and said ‘thank you very much.’

It has since been confirmed that Guardiola will not receive any FA action over his conduct. However, this hasn’t stopped your reactions.

Twitter reactions

‘Man Of The Match is certainly VAR.’ Man City fans react to their loss

This weekend was a big one for Man City. They faced Liverpool and it was a chance for them to close the gap at the top of the table. However, a 3-1 loss has put them further behind the Premier League leaders.

VAR played a huge part in the clash. Debates started due to handballs, penalty claims and general missed decisions.

However, these decisions weren’t Man City’s only problem as they were 3-0 down before getting a goal back.

Fabinho put Liverpool ahead after only 6 minutes. Mo Salah then made it 2-0 after 13 minutes. Man City didn’t respond before half time.

Pep Guardiola was furious on the sidelines as he felt the officials were making questionable decisions.

Bernardo Silva managed to pull one back in the 78th minute. However, it came way too late as Man City struggled to score again.

The Football Manc Cave are now looking at your reactions…

Twitter reactions

‘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…

Twitter reactions

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.

How is Man City’s Jack Harrison getting on at Leeds?

Jack Harrison is currently on loan from Man City to Leeds. He is impressing Leeds fans. It looks like he’s proving to the Etihad what they are missing.

The 22 year old left winger can also operate the right hand side of the pitch. He has also had previous loan spells at Middlesbrough.

Now he has joined Leeds and is trying his best to make an impression. He will be at Elland Road until the end of the season.

Harrison is a former England Under 21 international. After not being favoured at Man City, he chose to join Leeds.

This has worked wonders for him so far. He will be looking to improve with the more game time he gets.

Current form

According to Transfermarkt, Harrison has played 15 games so far this season.

In that time, he has scored 2 goals and made 4 assists. He also hasn’t picked up any yellow or red cards. It looks like the Championship is his place to shine.

Leeds

Om Saturday, Leeds played QPR. They won 2-0. One of those goals was scored by Harrison himself.

In fact, he played the majority of the game. He was only substituted in the 83rd minute which was clearly tactical.

Forget Madrid, Sterling can achieve more with Man City, agreed?

A ridiculous transfer story broke yesterday on Sky Sports. Real Madrid is to offer 70m + Gareth Bale for Man City’s Raheem Sterling.

Madrid has been desperate to offload the Welshman for some time now. With interest waning for the wantaway winger, Los Blancos seem a cash plus player deal may be the option to get him out of the door.

However, even non-Man City fans scoffed at reading the latest supposed offer. An injury-prone, out of form 30-year-old, in exchange for the Premier League’s red hot Englishman can not be a serious thought process, surely?

Sterling, at 24, is still a few years off ‘prime’ age for a footballer. With Man City growing as a club year on year, alongside Pep Guardiola at the helm. The future for Sterling surely would be blue.

Real Madrid brought back Zidane in a bid to stop their slump. The club finds themselves second in La Liga and five points behind in the Champions League group table. Furthermore, they seem to be still reeling from the loss of Ronaldo to Juventus. They see Sterling as the ideal long term replacement, despite signing Eden Hazard in the summer.

Even though Real Madrid are the most decorated European club side. In the near future, many would place their bets on Man City winning the Champions League before Madrid next do.

Inevitably most elite players opt for La Liga’s Real Madrid or Barcelona. However, for now, Sterling would be best placed at the Etihad if he is to be successful.

Man City fans, do you agree. Is Sterling going to be more successful at Man City than Real Madrid?

Man City show they can not be ruled out of the Premier League title just yet

Man City boss Pep Guardiola

Liverpool and Man City are fighting it out for the Premier League title this season. For a while, it looked like Man City were going to struggle. However, they seem to be back on form.

This weekend was tense for both top teams. Man City faced Southampton at home. Liverpool faced Aston Villa.

Both teams were 1-0 down for a long time and both managers were demanding more from their sides.

Pep Guardiola knew Liverpool were losing and was frustrated as he knew this was a chance to close the gap. Man City eventually equalised.

Sergio Aguero made it 1-1 and eventually, Kyle Walker scored the winner making it 2-1.

However, at the same time, Liverpool had also found an equaliser. Mane managed to find a second and made it 2-1.

This week

This weekend will be a big test for both teams. It will also be one of the most anticipated games so far this Premier League campaign.

Liverpool will face Man City at home. They will both be battling it out for 3 points. It will be an opportunity to close the gap for Man City.

Falling behind

Pep Guardiola’s side keep fell behind this week which caused panic for fans. In a title battle, Man City are expected to be dominating every game.

However, mistakes and off days will always happen. This next game will be a huge tester to see who comes out on top.

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