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If Man City sort these 2 issues out, Norwich City will not know what’s hit them

The Football Manc Cave is taking a closer look at Man City and Norwich as they face each other this weekend.

Currently, Man City sit 2nd in the league on 10 points. Norwich is 19th on 3 points. On paper, City should easily have this in the bag. They’ve recently beat Brighton 4-0, Bournemouth 3-1 and drawn with Tottenham 2-2. Norwich, on the other hand, has lost 2-0 to West Ham and lost 3-2 to Chelsea.

Pep Guardiola will obviously want his side to do everything possible to be top of the league and overtake Liverpool. The Blues have the upper hand tomorrow as Liverpool face Newcastle at 12.30. Man City don’t play until 5.30pm, which means that they’ll have the early game score in their minds for when they go for glory at Norwich. Does Man City need to make any changes to make sure they come away with 3 points?


Man City’s defence has been the topic of conversation for months. At first, fans were wondering who would have to replace Vincent Kompany, now that Aymeric Laporte is out injured, that’s taken over the conversation.

Pep Guardiola has used his tactics to drop Fernandinho to a defensive position, and John Stones is also a name who has been mentioned as he has supposedly recovered from a thigh injury.

International Break

Raheem Sterling is on top form at the minute and Kevin De Bruyne could assist pretty much anything too. The two have both been out in the international break playing for England and Belgium and proving their skill.

Now they will need to have their mind set back on the Premier League and settle back into their weekly job at hand. I do predict that City will win and they’ll bag a few goals. It will be a matter of which of their goal scorers can find the back of the net and how many times. Hopefully, the later kick-off and the fact that Liverpool plays first will help give the squad an indication of exactly what needs to be done.

Man City, Man Utd & Chelsea to battle it out for exciting Premier League 20y/o in January?

The Football Manc Cave are exploring why Declan Rice should be a player who is on Man City’s radar.

This article comes after HITC.com reported that Tony Cottee has claimed Man United, Man City and Chelsea should all want to sign him. The 20-year-old has been blossoming at West Ham and for England.

If West Ham manages a good finish in the league this season then Rice staying with the Hammers may be more appealing. However, if other clubs were to come knocking, he would be wise to look at his options.

Cottee has also claimed that he could match the defence line at these clubs and compare to players like Harry Maguire. Declan Rice can play in a range of positions and at his young age, he’s broken into the England team. This has also led Cottee to believe that his profile will now build and he will become a wanted man.

Man City would be sensible to seriously look into signing him due to the departure of Vincent Kompany and the recent injury to Laporte. They need more options at the back that reach Guardiola’s standard. Rice can definitely match that level of play and determination.

Their only issue is getting him before other clubs start looking into him. If the claim ends up being true and Man United And Chelsea also start to look at the West Ham player, Pep Guardiola will once again have a fight on his hands with other top-flight clubs. He’ll just have to make sure the Etihad has the most appeal.

‘Embarrassing’ Liverpool fans have their say following Man City’s Kompany testimonial

The Football Manc Cave is taking a look at your reactions to Man City fans singing about Steven Gerrard at Vincent Kompany’s testimonial.

We know, it sounds bizarre. Liverpool fans who were watching the match found it just as weird. In a night that should have been celebrating Kompany’s time at Man City, Steven Gerrard’s slip takes the spotlight and he wasn’t even playing.

Fans of Liverpool, Man City and even other clubs have had their say.

Here are some of your reactions to this…

‘The most Kompany thing to have happened, and that’s why we love him’ Former Man City Captain’s testimonial has everyone talking

Last night saw the Etihad hold former Man City Captain Vincent Kompany’s well deserved and highly anticipated testimonial match. The Football Manc Cave is looking at your reactions to the events and taking you through what happened.

There was excitement in Manchester last night as Vincent Kompany returned to the Etihad. It should have been a thrilling testimonial that saw him appear once again in a City shirt. Unfortunately, before the game went ahead, Kompany announced that he was injured and therefore couldn’t play. I know, unbelievable.

The game still went ahead as planned and fans were on their feet as their ex-Captain walked out.

The scoreline and football itself got you all talking. The game finished 2-2 and you all gave your reactions. Here’s some of the best after each goal and at the final whistle.

And THIS had everyone talking.

Result and opinions aside, a great game for a great cause. Here’s to you Vincent Kompany.

2 defenders Man City should be looking at to step-in for recovering Laporte, agree?

The Football Manc Cave are looking at who could step up to replace Aymeric Laporte, after he’s sustained an injury that will see him out for 4-5 months.

As if things weren’t already going to the plan at the back for Man City with Vincent Kompany leaving and injuries affecting the team in other parts like Leroy Sané, things just got worse after Laporte is now recovering after his injury that he picked up against Brighton. He has undergone surgery that will now need time to heal.

Although Man City’s official statement didn’t give an exact time frame, fans have put out their guesses that it will be between 4-5 months. This means that other defensive options will have to be looked at while he recovers…


Let’s say that Guardiola decides not to look outside of his already talented and capable squad. He’s the first obvious choice that comes to mind because he replaced the injured defender last weekend. Not only this but Fernandinho has said in the past that he’s ready to get back into the squad, and into Pep Guardiola’s good books by dropping into a defensive position.

This unfortunate event gives Fernandinho a chance to try and show the Man City boss exactly what he’s capable of and that he is ready for a challenge. Rodri is also that piece of the puzzle that fills the hole in midfield so Pep Guardiola has answers.

Ibrahima Konate

Like a lot of other football fans are saying, ‘Man City could just buy a replacement with the money they have.’ Well, that’s true, although I’d rather Guardiola have his development players a chance, like Taylor Harwood-Bellis. However, I’ve decided to pick out a defender from another club in case scouts are on the lookout.

He’s impressed greatly in the Bundesliga after joining RB Leipzig and he’s only 20 years old. He’s been a key player in the league and helped book his team a place in the Champions League, after becoming the lowest conceding side.

Vincent KopyCat: Early pressure for the former Man City Captain

According to The Mirror, former Man City Captain Vincent Kompany is under a lot of criticism at Anderlecht as his management and playing plan hasn’t gone as he would have hoped.

The 33-year old left Man City at the end of last year and announced that he would be joining Anderlecht as a player-manager. When he was first asked about his new position, he said, “I have learned so much the last 3 years from an incredible manager. Pep Guardiola reignited my love for the game. Man City play the football I want to teach and to see be played.”

Unfortunately, Anderlecht lost to Kortrijk 4-2 at the weekend. He has apparently accepted the blame for all 4 goals as he was out of position. Kompany sent his players out to apologise to fans for the display.

The defender has now come under criticism for trying to ‘copy Pep Guardiola. Former Anderlecht and Ajax coach, Aad de Mos claimed that Kompany is failing because he’s trying to play Guardiola style football. He also said, “In football, you do not have to copy another coach, Kompany wants to do the same thing as Guardiola in City and that makes me sick.” He also made the point that Guardiola has the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, Kompany doesn’t have that level of players.

Another point made was that Kompany’s managerial track record is blank and his achievements as a player do not count. The Under 21 coach, Craig Bellamy also gave his insight and said, “I saw him at work last weekend and he knows nothing.” Ex Sheffield Wednesday and Anderlecht striker, Marc Degryse gave another criticism, “Kompany is only human, besides being a good footballer, but I feel he thinks he is God.”

Is Kompany God?

In my opinion, that’s a lot of negatives for a man who is only just starting out as a manager and has the added pressure of being a player too. He’s taking the blame for the goals but I’m going to defend him here. Kompany has been managed by one of the best football managers in the world for the past few years. He was obviously going to take what he’s learned from Guardiola and try to use it in his new role.

He has to find what works and what doesn’t. Kompany doesn’t have any managerial experience so he’s literally throwing himself in at the deep end. Anderlecht still managed to score twice in the defeat, clearly, they were contenders in the game at times. If they’d have won at the weekend, I bet none of this criticism would have come this way about him at all. Not just the negatives about the game but even the comments about him thinking he is “God.”

The man is under a lot of pressure and in a few months, if things are still the same then his job will be on the line. However, he needs time, he needs the chance to help this squad. There have been points made about him not having players like Sterling and De Bruyne and to me that’s stupid. Course he doesn’t have that standard to manage but surely, as a player-manager, his job is to try and get these players up to that standard and develop.

Loan watch: Two Man City youngster to keep an eye on

Man City currently have twelve players out on loan. Today, The Football Manc Cave will report on two prolific youngsters who have a strong shot at making it to the Premier League winner’s starting eleven.

Since Manchester City was gifted ‘blank-cheque’ status in 2008, their planning for the future has been absolutely spot on. The club has gradually improved their squad before settling on the perfect group to perform under Pep Guardiola before appointing him.

The young players out on loan are there because they are seen as part of the plans of Man City’s future. Meaning that you could see the names Sandler and Ilic in the Premier League in the years to come.

Man Utd is renown for producing their own talent. This is currently unmatched by Man City as they tend to purchase young talent. Philippe Sandler was purchased from Zwolle for around £2.25million and Luka Ilic was purchased from Red Star for a similar price.

City purchased Oleksandr Zinchenko from FK Ufa when he was 20 in 2016 for only £1.8million. He was then loaned to PSV, and now he starts week in, week out for Man City with a market value of £18million.

Could one or both of the following players see the same fate? Let’s see how their loan spells are going for their current clubs…

Philippe Sandler

Sandler, 22, went out on loan this summer to Anderlecht. He followed Man City superstar Vincent Kompany as he ventures on to a player-coach role. Having such an experienced talent alongside him will fast-track his progression and allow him to become the man who fills the hole Kompany left.

Sandler has featured in the first three games for Anderlecht, starting on all three occasions. This shows a good start to his loan as he is being trusted with regular first-team football.

Himself and Kompany in as the centre-back partnership saw two clean sheets in the first two games. But conceded 4 in a 4-2 defeat in Sandler’s third and most recent game with Anderlecht.

Luka Ilic

Ilic, 20, is a Serbian left-footed attacking midfielder. He is in last season of his two-year loan at Breda, who is in the second division of Dutch football,

Ilic’s first season with Breda was in the top tier in Holland. Having only 16 appearances, 2 goals and 3 assists say that the youngster had a tough time.

However, with only two games played in the new season, Ilic has scored twice and assisted once, having his team sat at the top of their division.

Should this form continue, it would demonstrate a resilient youngster who is eager to improve and going back to his parent club with a fantastic reference from his temporary manager at Breda.

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.

Is Fernandinho the Kompany replacement Man City need?

The Manchester Evening News has reported how Fernandinho has been in talks with Pep Guardiola about filling the centre back position. The Football Manc Cave is taking a look to see if he’s the Kompany replacement Man City need.

Fernandinho featured in the centre back position a few times for Man City last year. This was probably so that Guardiola could start to see which of his players could step up to fill Vincent Kompany’s position. I don’t think anyone at this stage is claiming that the 34-year-old will completely replace Kompany and get that same level of respect he had, however, he could certainly help at the back.


He’s known as a defensive midfielder and Pep Guardiola is known for exploring players qualities. It’s been a struggle for Man City to find anyone who could live up to Vincent Kompany’s level this summer. With the only real connection being Harry Maguire who was too expensive, and in my opinion, would have filled that hole to Guardiola’s standard.

There’s also been increased competition for a spot in the middle since the signing of Rodri and this puts Fernandinho further down the pecking order to be picked in that position. This is why it makes sense for the defensive midfielder to drop back and try his luck in a centre back position.

He will obviously need to train a lot more to make sure he’s ready for the league but it is a good plan of action. Fernandinho has said himself that being an option in multiple positions makes it easier for the manager whether it be to fill in for an injury or drop back into a different position permanently.

Pep Guardiola must be doing something right, as Man City managed to win the Community Shield at the weekend and Kyle Walker’s clearance off the line was brilliant. Whatever the defence is doing in training is working and it can only get better with Fernandinho in the mix.

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?


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.


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.

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