Tagged: champions league

Best Center Back pairing for Man City 0

All our center backs are fit – What is the best combination?

I have never thought that i would ask this question anywhere in the near future. Only a week back, it seemed as if we were ever close to a defensive crisis. With Walker limping off against Villa and Pep stating that Laporte will take longer than expected, it seemed all doom and gloom. Add to all this, the amount of goals we were conceding, it was just a matter of...

Manuel Akanji and Pep Guardiola 0

Pep’s thinking behind Manuel Akanji signing

It’s an almost impossible task to understand Pep’s thinking. Whenever it seems that we have finally got a grip on what goes inside his mind, he continues to prove us wrong. The squad selection for the Champion’s league final was a big example of how crazy his decisions can go. May be it’s this craziness that separates Pep from all the others in the world. My intention here is not...

Comaparing Ortega vs Ederson 0

Should Ortega start over Ederson in the Champions League?

We all know that Pep Guardiola likes to absolutely control everything in a Football match. The amount of detail he puts into the preparation for each match is just out of this world. But, the nature of Football is such that there are moments that you just can’t even predict. Last season’s Champion’s League match against Madrid was an eye-opening example of this. I am not for a moment blaming...

Pep's Tactical Genius 0

What do the 2 inverted full backs suggest about Pep’s structure for the season?

The first game was meant to be all about Haaland announcing himself by tearing up the West Ham defense to bits. It happened exactly according to the script for Haaland. But, the only difference was that he was not the spotlight on the day. In fact, i always believed that Stopping Haaland would be one of the most tiring tactical exercises for managers around the league. But, what Pep did...

Cucurella-signing 0

How badly do we need the Cucurella signing?

When you look back on the last season as a whole, you might not put a left back on the absolute necessary sort of category. Cancelo has done very well there and Zinchenko has provided us with spark when we sort of struggled to break down low blocks. But, dissecting the season into high pressure moments, you notice that having a natural left back might have helped us out better...

The need to sign 2 full backs this summer 0

Should we look to sign 2 full backs this summer?

This headline might seem like a piece of nonsense at first, but when you look at that disastrous night in Madrid you will understand the importance of reinforcing one of the most pivotal positions in Pep’s footballing philosophy. I have absolutely no doubt that we would have won that Semifinal game comfortably had Walker been fit. Also, this year is going to be more hectic with the world cup and...

Man City's transfer policy 0

The next few transfer windows will be aimed towards European domination

The summer transfer window could not have begun in a more serene manner for all the City fans. To be fair, we have confirmed the best signing of this window even before other teams could blink their eye lids. This fast and ruthless approach has been one of the key factors in our dominance of the Premier League. The beautiful thing about our transfer policy is how we have managed...

Real Madrid vs Man City 0

We cannot allow this loss to define our season!

How did you all gather the energy to get up this morning and go to work? For me, it almost seemed impossible to get up today. I woke up from my sleep and i was sitting on my bed for a while, pondering what might have been in an alternate universe. How i wish the events in the injury time were nothing more than a bad dream. All of it...

Real Madrid vs Man City 0

How do you expect the game at Bernabeu to play out?

Champions League nights are very hard to predict like we saw against Atletico in the previous round. There is always that sense of surprise round the corner and the unexpected is generally the norm at this stage of the competition. For me, Real Madrid are the experts in terms of dealing with unexpected situations and coming back from absolute darkness. You just have to look at their comebacks in the...

Man City vs Real Madrid 0

That narrow victory against Real Madrid is still stinging badly!

Champions League nights can be very cruel and it has been proven on many occasions that teams don’t always get what they deserve. I understand that fortune does play a part in these knockout competitions, but we literally had no excuses for our inability to bury Real Madrid and kill off the tie. We literally had a million opportunities to see them off, but each time we offered them a...