Tagged: Stones

John stones injury blow 0

What will be the impact of John Stones injury?

It was only yesterday morning that I was thinking about how calmly the International break has passed by. There were absolutely no whispers of any injuries and our players were also getting good game time. Add to all of this De Bruyne and Haaland were scoring goals as well. This looked like a perfect break for everyone. But, the sight of John Stones limping off yesterday was something that was...

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...

Man City vs Crystal Palace 0

Talking points – Man City vs Crystal Palace

This was a match of two contrasting halves. There was frustration on one side and it was followed by great joy at the end. The second half felt like you were taken on a thrilling ride where every moment gave you goosebumps. It was just a wonderful experience that cannot be described in words at all Haaland is here for his footballing education The reason why Haaland chose City is...

Barca vs Man City talking points 0

Talking points – Barcelona vs Man City

Even though it was a friendly match, the tactical battle was intense between Xavi and Pep. The objective to create numerical advantage in the midfield was at the core of how both the teams were set up. I thought Barca played in an unusual shape and got the better of us early on. They were able to pass through us easily. But Pep adapted and we looked much more comfortable...

Atletico Madrid vs Man City 0

Blood, Bruises and Delight : The complete story of City’s quarter final tie with Atletico Madrid

What a second half that was! I was rubbing my eyes in disbelief as i was seeing Atletico play out of our press time and again with such ease and simplicity. How could Atletico play one touch football with such precision. It seemed absolutely impossible. But, here it was bamboozling the City defense time and again. It seemed only a matter of time before we conceded the first and maybe...

John Stones Repalcement 0

What are our options if Stones is out for a while?

With Ruben Dias not set to return atleast for a few more weeks, this was the worst poossible time for John Stones to suffer a knock. I do understand that it is just a precaution, but you would not want Stones to play in the big games when he is not at a 100%. These upcoming fixtures against Athletico and Liverpool are ruthless and anything less than the very best...

Man City win at Brentford 0

Patient City show great character to cruise past Brentford!

As the game went past the half hour mark, the silence at the Etihad was deafening. You began to wonder if this was going to be one of those frustrating nights for City. At this point, i was thinking about that 2018-19 season, when Liverpool gave up that huge lead in February. The situation was more tense than what most people would like to believe. With Liverpool having to play...

Ruben dias dropped due to dip in form 0

Ruben Dias dip in form explains his exclusion against Chelsea

No one’s place in this City team is safe. You might be the rock on which the the previous Premier League title might have been won, but even a slight dip in your form will see you benched. These are the standards on which the foundations of the current City team is built upon. There are no superstars in this team. The only superstar is you incredible work ethic and...

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Stones or Laporte: Who starts in the big games?

Right now, this question might seem like a non sensical one with Laporte having nailed down the starting spot alongside Dias. But, when it comes to the big games, i have a feeling that Pep is still not decided on the best partner for Dias. The primary reason for this is the fact that both Stones and Laporte offer significantly different qualities. The case for Laporte Pep has often said...

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Ruthless City Push Arsenal further down the abyss

The memories of how Arteta put City out of the Fa cup were still kicking and alive in Pep’s Mind and Man city’s lineup was symbolic of how Pep planned to counter that threat. Playing with 2 central defensive midfielders against a team that had not scored at home since October was something that pep would have not dreamt of even in his worst nightmares, yet the defeat in the...