Sergio- Time to sell this Summer?

Love the guy playing for us, he’s given us fantastic moments and loads of goals, but in my eyes anyway he’s slowly losing that energy, that sharpness, that hunger. This summer would be the time to cash in i feel whilst he can still command a good fee, and i also think he’ll start to go downhill quite quickly after this season.

I know a lot will think I’m barmy for suggesting this but if we could get an Aubemeyang from Dortmund, Lewandowski from Bayern etc, this would soften the blow for a lot of City fans. Will he leave, not beyond the realms of possibility by a long shot, as there could be a few shocks in store this Summer as Pep looks to build his own squad.

City v Liverpool

Oh dear, where do I begin with this preview. This is a team we really don’t want to be playing after a confidence sapping non performance in Southern France. They will have had a full week to prepare, we will probably have two days, last game before an international break, we always lose these. Sagna has spoken of how we’ll put it right against Liverpool, ha ha you have to laugh don’t you it happens every time we’ve suffered a setback, and yes we never give anybody the backlash. Trash talk all the time I’m afraid.

Liverpool’s high press game on Sunday will kill us I feel as we’re running on empty at present, and they should win at a canter. Yaya, Zab, Navas, Fernando, Iheanacho, Nolito could all feature as I think Pep will try and freshen the squad up a bit. Anyway it won’t make a scrap of difference to the final score. City 0 Liverpool 2.

Monaco vs CITY

monOnce upon a time there was a football manager, we’ll call him Joe, who once said that he’d never disrespect the FA Cup by playing a weakened team (not like that nasty Manchester City) at least not whilst they are drawn against low championship and 1st division opposition.  But with an upcoming EL tie and winning said tournament could lead to qualification to the CL, their only realistic chance of doing so,  Joe changed his mind.  But how could he do it without sounding like a hypocrite?  “I know” he said, “I’ll tell everyone that all my strikers are injured and that I have to play the walking lamp post Fellaini as a makeshift striker.  If by some chance, we win, I’ll be considered a genius, but if we lose, everyone will feel sorry for me and the press won’t hound me like they did Mr Pellegrini.”  Anyway, that’s enough fairy stories for now, let’s get down to the important matter of beating Monaco. After coming back from the dead in the first leg, we all felt euphoric, but I’d have been a lot happier if we’d taken that last minute chance to make it 6-3.  We only have to lose by two goals and we’re out, unless we score three of course.  The first twenty minutes will be vital.  We must start high tempo and frustrate them.  Concede early and we’ll have a big problem.  That said. I think we’ll go through with a few nervous moments and I’m going for 2-2 on the night.

City v Boro

Pep Guardiola has just been named Manager of the Month, so that’s us out of all three competitions within a week! Let’s hope the great man restores Merlin to his rightful position, tomorrow. Despite a tough match over in the Principality in a few days, we must take the FA Cup seriously: so pick a strong side and take off the top stars if/when we go a couple of goals up. I can see a difficult game, but a 2-1 win – possibly after extra-time.

City v Stoke

Another tough game but luckily or is that unluckily we’re at home. Our away form has been so much better than our home this season for some reason, and it’s these games that worry me. Stoke will no doubt find a performance that they haven’t managed away for most of the season, so we can’t afford to show any signs of complacency.  Same team as against Sunderland for me, or do we bring De Bruyne back in for Toure?.

Otamendi might also get a recall in place of Stones, that’s how Pep is working at the minute. If our fitness levels are still good I fancy us to nick it 2-1.

Sunderland v CITY

safcIt seems like an age since we last met, the first game of the Pep era at the Etihad back in August.  That was a dour game with little evidence that the Pep era was going to be any different to the Pellegrini era.  We were grateful to a Paddy McNair own goal in the last few minutes to give us the win.  It was the start of a run of ten wins in all competitions that had us installed as favourites to win the quadruple and even the one trophy that Mercer and Allison never won – the grand national.  With Sergio’s timely return to form, Sterling and Sane running defences ragged and Caballero’s steadying influence in front of the defence, this has got to be a City win.  We may concede, but equally, we’ll score.  I’m going for 3-1.

City v Hudders pt 2

Another second string eleven I feel here, which if the case will prove to be another real struggle. There was just no creativity in the first game with Fernando, Delph and Navas hardly likely to provide fireworks. Saying that though we still should have enough to see off a very good Huddersfield side, never seen them in better shape tbqh.

I’ll go 2-1 City with them scoring first, with this line up: Bravo, Zabaleta, Clichy, Otamendi, Kompany, Fernando, Delph, Navas, Nolito, Aguero, Iheanacho.