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Man City’s starting 11 tomorrow against West Ham Utd should look like this

Manchester City will face West Ham in the Semi-Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy tomorrow at 13.30pm. How could their starting eleven look?

West Ham opened their pre-season matches with a 3-2 win against Rheindorf Altach, however, this clash will be Man City’s first fixture since the FA Cup final almost two months ago. The winner of this competition will face Newcastle United or Wolverhampton Wanderers.

West Ham United is also Pep Guardiola’s first game of the Premier League season, although the starting line up may be very different. Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi are both missing for Man City this week following their exertions for Argentina at the Copa America. Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho And Ederson are all missing for the same reason. Riyad Mahrez has been in action for Algeria at the African Cup of Nations. Benjamin Mandy misses out to injury and Phil Foden is also not with the current squad as he is representing England’s under 21’s.

So with the players that this list leaves and the fact that Rodri has flown with the team to hopefully play, here’s the Football Manc Cave’s prediction for Man City’s starting 11.

Man City line up

Bravo will be looking to make an appearance after Ederson’s absence has been made apparent. Stones will be looking to impress as he fills in the hole that Vincent Kompany has left. Rodri may start as everyone is excited to see him in action, not just the fans but the team and management. This will give everyone a taste of what he’s capable of. With Aguero’s absence, Sterling will be raring to go.

It’s a hard pick for a team with so many players missing. This, however, does give a lot of players the chance to prove to Guardiola that they deserve a chance. Not only players that have been benched last season and not been the first pick, but also the new signings. Rodri should get his first start and it will give everyone a glimpse of how he fits in that middle line up.

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.

This is Man City’s best Premier League 5 a-side team – Agree?

The current champions Man City, have had a vast quality of players over recent years, and the Football Manc Cave have narrowed it down to this 5 aside team.

Since the astronomical financial takeover in 2008, Manchester City has carefully allocated their abundance of cash over the last ten years. Their dusty old trophy cabinet has begun to see some serious action over recent seasons.

Should Manchester City win the Premier League title for the fifth time in the 19/20 campaign, they will match their neighbour’s record. As Manchester United are currently the only side to have won the Premier League three times in a row.

Despite many Manchester City fans still having a lot of love for their old-school squads. It is fair to say that the quality players that they have ever seen in the sky blue strip, have been recent acquisitions since their trillionaire owner stepped in.

Well over twenty players over the past ten years for Manchester City could have likely stepped into any other club at the time. Except for the elites-only 5 aside Man City team, you can see below…

Goalkeeper

In a 5 aside squad, having a ball playing goalkeeper is essential, and Ederson’s distribution abilities could provide arguments to play the Brazilian in midfield. However, his stop stopping abilities and reflexes make him one of the best goalkeepers in modern football.

Defenders

Vincent Kompany is potentially the greatest servant the club has ever had, he grew with the club and has won several trophies with them. His determination to stop the ball from going anywhere near the net makes him a goalkeeper’s best friend. And let’s not forget that goal against Leicester City last season.

Midfielders

Yaya Toure was the midfield beast that will go down as an all-time fan favourite at Man City, His stature and vision provide both defensive and attacking qualities which are still irreplaceable.

David Silva is going into his tenth season with the club, his precision and vision are potentially second to none in world football. His ability to pick out passes, and knowing exactly where his teammates are heading have been crucial to the slick and professional manner in which City play attacking football.

Attacker

Aguero needs no introduction or conclusion. He is possibly one of the greatest strikers English football has ever seen.

2 reasons why Man City’s Aro Muric would be a great signing for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest are interested are looking to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Aro Muric on loan. Guardiola is clearly a fan of the goalkeeper, as the Nottingham Post report that he called Muric ‘incredible’ as he helped earn City a place in the EFL Cup semi-finals with penalty shoot-out heroics against Leicester.

Ederson was arguably the best ‘keeper in the Premier League last season, therefore Muric’s playing chances are very limited. Therefore, Pep will be looking for the youngster to gain some vital EFL experience. He looks pretty special judging from his cup performances for City, however, a full season in the Championship will really test how good he is.

Why will Forest desperately be trying to get the loan signing over the line…

City a future feeder club for Forest

You may laugh. Wigan has done it with Chelsea, after the incredible work we have done with Recce James, we’ve been promised a couple of loan players for the next campaign.

If Forest were to sign Muric, play him for a majority of the season, allow him to express his footballing qualities and develop, City will appreciate that. Forest presumably have considerable transfer funds, in comparison to Wigan, so becoming a feeder club may not be in their thoughts. However, I bet if Sergio Aguero became available for loan – Forest would be at the front of the queue.

Excellent distribution

Muric is a very good footballer, confident when playing out from the back.  Maybe Martin O’Neill is looking to implement a new attractive style at the City Ground next season. There are not many better places to start than with a goalkeeper that Guardiola has trained. Let’s not forget though, Muric is a top ‘keeper, people forget how good he and Ederson are because they focus on their footballing side. Both do the ‘text-book goalkeeping’ extremely well.

Who’s Man City’s Noah Ohio & Why Should They Be Trying To Keep Him

Should Pep Guardiola let Noah Ohio follow in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps?

Much like Noah Ohio, a 16-year-old striker of English and Dutch citizenship, Jadon Sancho was part of Manchester City’s youth set-up from 2015 to 2017, when he rejected a new contract in order to join the German giants Borussia Dortmund. Who finished only 2 points behind the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the 2018/19 season.

Fast forward 2 years and Jadon Sancho is one of the world’s most sought after players, being valued at around £100million at only 19 years of age, as interest from the best teams in world football are chasing his signature.

Noah Ohio has also rejected a contract from Manchester City and is on the verge of signing with RB Leipzig, who comfortably achieved a third-place finish in the Bundesliga behind Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

The 16-year-old striker has played 4 games for Netherland’s Under 16 squad and has bagged himself 4 goals in those games, he knows where the back of the net is, much like his superior Sergio Aguero. With the assumption that Noah Ohio can follow suit in the rapid progression that Jaden Sancho had when exposed to first team football, Manchester City would do well to hold onto this prolific young striker and develop him into a suitable replacement for the 31-year-old superstar Sergio Aguero.

It is clear that teams in the Bundesliga are seeking out young English talent, with the likes of Jonjoe Kenny joining Schalke on loan from Everton, West Ham’s Reece Oxford to Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg and Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson at Hoffenheim, and now Noah Ohio being strongly linked to RB Leipzig.

Manchester City allowing a future star to leave could hurt them financially, as he may go on to be an £80million plus player like Jadon Sancho, the least they could do is attempt to gain a sell-on clause in order to reap some rewards of the young blooming talent.

Noah Ohio is definitely one to watch, it would not be surprising to see him being linked to the top clubs in the next few years, fetching a hefty price.

What Is The Best Move For Man City’s Leroy Sane

For many months of last season, Leroy Sane cut a lonely figure in a City side that completed English football’s first ever domestic treble.

Benched for most of the run-in despite key goals in games against Man United and Liverpool, the form shown by Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan meant the German was nowhere near to be seen in Pep Guardiola’s starting eleven.

All this came after being named the young player in England’s top league in 2017/18. Playing in a front three with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling where the blues recorded 100 points, it came to a point where the 23-year-old seemed to be a certain winner for the Ballon D’or in the coming years.

This season we did see Sane show his quality, yet only in small doses. Games in the Champions League against Hoffenheim and Schalke was where Sane put in performances of his peak ability.

Whether it was a lack of effort or trouble behind the scenes, it seemed there was always a question mark over his performances. This due to his effort most likely, because finding a reason to fault his natural ability is so hard.

16 goals scored in all competitions and 18 assists, what was really keeping the German out of the side is anyone’s guess, or maybe, there are just better in-form players than Sane.

With a £90 million pound transfer fee hanging on his head and Bayern Munich rumoured to be on the lookout, the number 19 is at a potential crossroads with regards to his career. Does he stay and fight for a place with no attacking midfielder likely to come in this summer, or take the hasty move and walk out and return to his native country.

If he can’t guarantee first-team action, Leroy Sane is far too good to be warming up seats on the Etihad bench. With Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling in the form of their lives, Sane cutting his ties may be the best move for all parties.

THE LOWDOWN: Man City Linked to Atletico Madrid’s Rodri, What Can He Bring To The Champions

Manchester City are certainly not hiding their interest for Rodri, the 22-year-old midfielder from Atletico Madrid.

Seen as a direct replacement for Fernandinho, the Spaniard will be a regular starter at City next season if he can make the move from Spain to England.

At 33, Brazilian Fernandinho is on the wrong side of the hill so to speak and on occasions during the Blues treble-winning season, the absence in defensive midfield was key as Man City were found wanting on the counter-attack.

Pep Guardiola looks to have found a way around the problem when Fernandinho is absent, playing Ilkay Gundogan in this vital role. Yet the Catalan will want more cover and most importantly, a player with a more defensive mindset.

Though Rodri looks to fit the bill, his strength’s lie in your usual defensive midfield role. Very good in the tackle, blocking the ball and his aerial presence is an added bonus. Alongside his high concentration levels and solid passing game, the Spanish International seems like he would seamlessly fit in the team.

However, Atletico Madrid will want more than just 65 million from Man City. The Spaniards also want Gabriel Jesus in return as they look for a long-term replacement to the departing Antoine Griezmann, who looks likely to complete a 100 million-plus deal across Spain, with Barcelona the likely destination.

Disappointed with his lack of starts, striker Jesus would most likely leave the Premier League to guarantee regular appearances. However, the thought of departing the Champions could be slim, most likely due to the fact he knows his direct competitor in the starting 11, Sergio Aguero, is 31 this June.

Like Rodri, the 22-year-old Brazilian is seen as a Man City man for the next decade at least, especially with the form his side have shown in the past two seasons.

Whether he gives into just substitute appearances by Guardiola could see the arrival of Rodri. The question this swap will come down to whether Jesus fancies 90-minute football every game, and, would City really let a player of his ability go?

Man City fans what do you think?

Two Heavyweights Go The Distance and Man City Find One More KO Punch Over Liverpool

It’s been an incredible battle at the top of the table this season in the Premier League, with Manchester City and Liverpool going toe to toe for most of 2019.

Liverpool looked to put some distance between them and Peps men over Christmas, but the relentlessness of Manchester City meant that a hares breath separated the two teams on the final day.

I imagine several fans were nervous, and this was not helped by Liverpool getting an early goal or Brighton going ahead. Had we blown it…Had we heck.

If there is one man you want to get a ball to in front of goal it’s Sergio Aguero, and he scored a cool goal to get City level. Some shocking defending from Brighton helped Laporte pop with an excellent header, followed by a strike from Mahrez that was arguably his best moment of the season. A free kick Beckham would have been proud of saw City win, not only a game against a struggling side as expected but the League title.

The game as a whole was something of a metaphor for their whole season, going behind and leaving it nerve-wrackingly late to land the win.

All season city have been fantastic, less a few odd results losing to Crystal Palace and Newcastle. When they have got going they have been like a freight train, frankly unstoppable. Embodied again in the game against Brighton when they scored four in a show of strength and quality.

Perhaps the most incredible thing about a team winning the league with 98 points, and winning 14 games in a row is the manager doesn’t believe this team is “done.” Guardiola is a relentless perfectionist and thinks there is room for improvement in this side, which arguably on their day are the best in Europe. Perhaps fielding the best players in the world, in the likes of De Bruyne, Arguero and the player he improved beyond recognition, Sterling.

With this in mind City’s domination looks set to continue indefinitely, and it’s hard to see how the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Man United can catch up.

A thrilling end to a thrilling season, and the excitement keeps building for what’s to come.

Man City fans, is this season and back-to-back titles your best yet?

Two of Man City’s Ageing Players Pep Has To Look For Long Term Replacements This Summer

Manchester City’s squad contains some of the most exciting young talents in football, however, it also has plenty of players who have been with the club since their first taste of success.

There is no escaping the fact that some of these old fan favourites will at some point need to leave the club. City are always evolving and looking for the best players out there, and no doubt the players below have provided more than enough value for their money, and they’ll be sure to try to find similar long term investments.

With the old guard soon to be outgoing, Pep Guardiola’s team will be looking to seamlessly integrate any new signings possibly this season with City looking to tie up their summer deals as quick as possible with the club on the verge of back-to-back titles.

We have a look at the two players below…

Sergio Aguero

I hope Aguero is with the club until he retires. However, part of what has made City so imperious is their incredible front line. There are some seriously talented players but none quite as sharp footed. Sterling looks a potential heir to that throne, but then who replaces Sterling? With Mahrez maybe not to the standard, it’s maybe time to start looking for another star striker.

Vincent Kompany

Another one that might not be well received! I don’t want to see Vinny out and again hope he stays with City until he retires. But the captain is an important role to fill and fill correctly. While occasionally hot-headed he is a loyal, passionate player who will wear his heart in his sleeve and be very unselfish in many ways as well as an excellent leader to the many young player’s City has.

A huge act to follow and it would be a hard man to replace. It is more likely that the likes of John Stones will fill this role, but then it’s making sure that there is another young player waiting in the wings as a deputy.

This looks set to be a fascinating transfer window across the whole league, but I imagine several neutral eyes will be on City, and a lot of summer talk will be about what Pep does.

Two Players That Could Be Shown The Man City Door This Summer

If Man City do retain the Premier League title next weekend, Pep Guardiola won’t allow complacency to settle into the squad.

With the need to constantly improve in a league that never sits still, the Spanish manager is always looking for perfection and after such a quiet transfer window last summer, they’ll be no doubt a little turnaround at the Etihad Stadium.

The Manchester City are arguably one of the best teams in the world at the moment, and with such a strong squad there is always going to be huge competition to stay in the squad.

With the summer transfer market approaching, there is likely to be a lot of movement at the top clubs and these are two players I, as a City fan, wouldn’t be mourning the loss off.

Riyad Mahrez

Quite frankly, I would not like to compete with the likes of Aguero or Sterling for game time. There is no doubting that this is one of the strongest forward lines in football at the moment, if not the strongest.

However, I feel Mahrez just isn’t quite up to the standard of the others on the line-up, and I feel that there are other players that City could look to acquire that would further push him down the rankings

Phil Foden

What? I hear you say, he’s one of our own! I agree. However, if anyone needs to go on loan it’s going Foden. I feel in his limited game time at the club his improvement has been enormous, but while there are huge benefits to training with the likes of some of the best in the world there is nothing like game time to hone a players skills.

A player of his talent would be first team material at several Premier League clubs and, a season elsewhere could be the making of a brilliant young player.

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