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3 players Man City need to shift before the Euro window closes

The Euro transfer window is still open and the Football Manc Cave are looking at 3 players Man City could get rid of or loan.

Pep Guardiola is a man who knows exactly what he wants and sometimes he wants to sign players and not use them, or at least not straight away. With Leroy Sané out injures at the minute, last weeks game made fans wonder who was going to replace him and Guardiola is a man with many options.

With a solid team consisting of Ederson, Walker, Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Jesus and many more, it leaves a bunch of others wanting playing time. Man City are known to sign players, build them up, add to their value and then sell or sometimes refuse to sell them.

With this in mind, here are three options of players that could be used somewhere else to gain some experience…

Daniel Grimshaw

When Claudio Bravo got injured last year, Grimshaw was the first in line to replace him. He’s a life long Man City fan and has played for the club since he was 9. Coming through the youth and development ranks, he’s clearly happy to be in a Man City shirt.

However, with Ederson being the main option, Bravo second and the arrival of Scott Carson on loan. This may be the perfect time to get him some experience from another club and Man City’s links with clubs abroad may help with that. That way he could come back motivated, determined and ready to step up.

Benjamin Mendy

The French 25-year-old only made 10 appearances for Man City last season. He has been undergoing surgery for a knee injury recently which will put him in a hard position when it comes to getting back into the squad. Pep Guardiola has apparently told him what he will need to do to get back into the squad, as he returned to training this week although it could be a possibility that he gets loaned out to another club who could make use of him maybe as a substitute.

His fitness won’t be up to scratch right now especially when defenders are needed to be in top condition for the champions. Hopefully, this will solve his recovery and he can arrive back at the Etihad better than ever.

Ryotaro Meshino

The 21-year-old only signed for Man City this month, however, he’s used to Japanese football and could benefit from going elsewhere to gain some experience. He has also been linked with a move to Hearts on a loan deal if it can officially go through. This is something Pep Guardiola’s team is known for doing. Signing a player, sending them out on loan and then taking them back when they’re ready. Meshino will be perfect for this whether it be Hearts or somewhere else, they should make this happen.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

3 things we learnt from yesterday’s Man City defeat to Wolves

The final of the Premier League Asia Cup saw Man City and Wolverhampton Wanderers go head to head yesterday.

Man City fans were hopeful that their side would conquer yet another cup, even if it’s just part of preseason. Unfortunately, just a preseason warm-up is all the fans got as Wolves went on to win the game 3-2 on penalties.

Pep Guardiola must have realised that his side didn’t look like finding the back of the net as he kept on making changes. At one point, Kevin De Bruyne, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Adrián Bernabé all were subbed at the same time for Kyle Walker, İlkay Gündoğan, Bernardo Silva and David Silva. The Man City boss also replaced Rodri, Laporte, Zinchenko and Sane with Lukas Nmecha, Angelino, Harwood-Bellis and Alex Garcia.

Even with nearly a full squad change, Man City still couldn’t bag a goal which took the game straight to penalties.

So after this loss, the Football Manc Cave explores three things we have learned from the Manchester side today…

Captain Issues

Obviously, with Vincent Kompany leaving the club at the end of last season, this gave the armband a new owner and today that player was Kevin De Bruyne. Weeks ago, it was reported that David Silva was looking most likely to take the responsibility of leading Man City out next season. Now Guardiola has stated that his players will pick their next leader.

Having a player on the pitch who everyone respects and values are vital to a football team. Vincent Kompany will surely be missed as he stepped up to the role confidently. Now it’s up in the air as to who will replace him and after their performance today, Kevin De Bruyne must be a sceptical choice. Who do you think should take the armband?

Low Expectations

It’s clear that the Premier League Asia Cup isn’t something that is taken too seriously and is more of a preseason warm-up than anything else. A lot of Man City fans have stated how this was just a fitness session and a warm-up before the start of the season, and they don’t seem too bothered about the loss. However, some have noted their concerns over the fact that this should have been an easy win that ended up in a draw at full time. Some are concerned, that these are the kind of matches that the Blues need to pick up all three points in when the Premier League starts again.

Subs

Even though Guardiola’s side lost on penalties, you can’t argue that his team has such a variety and good quality of back up options. In a friendly, most teams use nearly all the subs possible to give every player a chance and opportunity. This was no different. Four or five changes at a time should usually see a team bring on players that aren’t as experienced and senior as other teammates, or players that fans are sceptical about.

Not this team. When you can take the likes of your new signing, Rodri with players like Zinchenko and Sane off. Then replace them with the likes of David and Bernardo Silva, surely it proves the talent in your squad.

The loss aside, Man City fans will look forward to the new Premier League campaign, new players and hopefully another title.

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