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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.

Arsenal and Man City go head-to-head for Real Madrid star

According to The Sun, Arsenal and Man City are afer Real Madrid’s Isco. It looks like the two Premier League sides will be in a transfer battle.

The attacking midfielder has fallen out of favour at Real Madrid. This has caused clubs to start taking a closer look at him.

However, two Premier League clubs wanting him will give Real Madrid an advantage.

Isco is valued at around £60 million. Arsenal would have been accepting of that amount. However, Man City’s interest now gives Real Madrid the power to increase that asking price.

So it looks like a battle will happen. Each time has their own reasons for wanting the midfielder.


Mesut Ozil has fallen out of favour at the Emirates. They need to find a replacement and Isco fits that bill.

However, Arsenal have a budget. Negotiations wojld need to be done.

Man City

David Silva will be leaving the Manchester side at the end of the season. Isco has been compared to Silva in the past.

While looking at a replacement is an option, Phil Foden looks to be filling the midfield spot next season.

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.

’Who asked them to score first?’ Man City fans react to their win over Atalanta

Man City managed to beat Atalanta 5-1 in their Champions League clash last night. Pep Guardiola’s team produced a lot of talking points.

The Man City boss obviously listened to fans because Gabriel Jesus was on the bench. He was accused of being greedy against Crystal Palace and therefore, Sergio Aguero started the game instead.

Fernandinho gave away a penalty early on and Atalanta were 1-0 up. That lead didn’t last long as Aguero leveled the score minutes later.

Sterling was then brought down in the box leading to Aguero getting his second goal from a penalty. Unfortunately, Rodrigo went down with an injury and had to leave the game early.

Phil Foden then got an assist in the second half as he gave Raheem Sterling his second goal. There was no stopping the England international as he bagged 2 more leaving it 5-1 to Man City.

However, Phil Foden was sent off in the later stages of the game after a second yellow card. Pep has said that the youngster has, ’nothing to prove to him, ’ after the game. The Man City boss has complete trust and faith in the youngster.

Here’s what you thought…

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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.

‘Tell Man City admin that it is legal to give Ederson man of the match.’ Man City fans react to their win.

Man City has their first Premier League game since the international break this weekend. They faced Crystal Palace away. The Football Manc Cave look at your reactions.

Pep Guardiola had a chance to turn things around with the international break. It looks like whatever he worked on paid off as the Blues won 2-0.

David Silva and Jesus were to thank for the goals. Silva also took man of the match. Phil Foden also got some minutes as he came on to replace Kevin De Bruyne. Although, it was Ederson that impressed fans the most.

However, both goals came in the first half. This suggests that things took a step back in the second half but a win is a win.

With Liverpool drawing with Man United, this also closed the gap at the top. The Premier League champions could be on their way back to the top.

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2 out of form Man City players that should be nowhere near the starting 11 against Crystal Palace

Man City have suffered some pretty unexpected losses recently. Some players haven’t been performing to their usual standard. The Football Manc Cave picks out a couple who should be dropped or rested.

Before you continue reading, I’m not saying these players should be dropped for good. I just think Guardiola should look at his options a little more.

Yes, there’s been injury after injury at the Etihad. However, he does have back up players and plans that he could put into place.

It is unfair of me to pick on the defence at Man City because of the limited options Pep has. However, it comes to something when Fernandinho, usually a midfielder, gets a higher player rating than all the other defenders.

Therefore, I’ve had to pick out a couple of under-performers from the back.

Nicolas Otamendi

The centre back just needs a rest. Fans will have to see if he’s improved over the international break.

However, in Man City’s last game against Wolves, he wasn’t very effective at all. He looked a little all over the place and like he was lost.

This is why Guardiola needs to either give someone else a chance and use him as a sub or work very closely with him in training.

Ilkay Gundogan

Don’t get me wrong, he looked neat and efficient against Wolves. He just didn’t contribute much to the game.

He’s another player who needs a break. Fans will be interested to see him back in action after the international break.

However, his performance isn’t entirely his fault. The injuries at the Etihad are the problem…


The injuries to the defence have meant that midfielders have had to get defensive. Currently, Rodri and Gundogan are partnered in the middle.

Rodri is the type of player who wants to push forward, attack and create chances. However, Pep wants them both to be quite defensive and I don’t think it’s going to plan.

Both players picked up yellow cards against Wolves. This suggests they both got frustrated and went for late challenges.

Pep desperately needs some relief at the back to allow his team to perform to their full potential. Even the Captain, David Silva has had games that he hasn’t offered much too recently. Phil Foden is the man who will be stepping up to fill his shoes soon. Maybe there will be some benefit from using Foden sometime soon.

2 in-form players for Man City that need to play Crystal Palace this weekend

Man City fans will be hoping that Pep Guardiola has used this international break wisely. The Blues face Crystal Palace this weekend and will be hoping to take all three points.

After recent unexpected losses to teams like Wolves and Norwich, Man City need to get back to winning ways.

A lot of the Man City squad have been on international duties in the past week. This weekend will see them return.

While some may be tired, the majority will be hungry to get back to the Premier League.

Here are two in-form Man City players who deserve a chance…

Phil Foden

It’s now been said time and time again that the youngster deserves more game time.

He has been out playing for England’s youth squad and has been impressing fans even more.

If he is going to be taking over David Silva next season, he needs the experience now. I’m not saying he has to play a full 90 minutes this weekend. However, easing him into Premier League action is the best preparation.

Raheem Sterling

The England star has been sublime for Man City and for England. Recent events in an international game saw him and teammates become subject to racial abuse yet again.

He was the real winner though as his name was on the England score sheet. The Man City favourite helped the three lions win big time.

This is why he should definitely be in the squad this weekend. Some games this season, Pep Guardiola has decided to rest him or sub him mid-game. Personally, I think he’s determination and drive has earned him the start.

Former Man City boss urges Foden to leave in January

Phil Foden is one Man City player who’s future is a hot topic. TalkSport has explained how Stuart Pearce has now had his say on the matter.

Foden is a highly rated player by fans and pundits. However, all have been fighting his corner and stating that he should be given more playing time.

After he came back from injury and illness, he got a start against Preston in the Carabao Cup. Despite that being what fans wanted, it caused fans to argue that the youngster was ‘more than just a Carabao Cup player.’

Therefore, there is now a debate amongst fans and football pundits regarding Phil’s future. Most think he will benefit from some time away from the Etihad. A loan spell is something that people want him to consider.

However, he has committed his time to the Manchester side as it was his childhood dream to play for the blues. Now ex-Man City boss, Stuart Pierce, has had his say…

Stuart Pearce

He has weighed in on the situation and explained that a player of Phil’s age will benefit most from game time.

That is something he isn’t getting at the Etihad. Pearce claims that a loan spell in January will do him the ‘world of good.’

He acknowledges that Pep Guardiola sings Phil Foden’s praises often, however, he agrees with fans that experience is needed.

David Silva

The current Man City Captain, David Silva will be departing the blues at the end of the season. This will leave a space in the midfield that needs to be filled.

It is looking likely that Foden will be the man who has to step up. In my opinion, the youngster needs game time before being chucked into the Premier League week in, week out.

Training with a team of Pep Guardiola’s standard is completely different to actually playing with them weekly against an opposition. Whether Foden gets more games this season or does consider a loan spell, I think it’s vital towards his career and preparation going forward.

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