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Mesut Ozil joined by Man City stars in Premier League team of the weekend

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:20:00 PST

Kevin De Bruyne and Mesut Ozil were both among the goals in the Premier League on Saturday, but who scored the goal of the day? Pep Guardiola revels in Kevin De Bruyne's instrumental role in Manchester City's dominant win over Tottenham. After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully selects 11 star performers along with a manager. Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #ESPNFCTOTW. ESPN FC's Premier League Team of the Weekend. Goalkeeper: We kick off with a familiar face. Manchester City No. 1 Ederson was selected last week, and following another impressive showing in...

Man City's Kevin De Bruyne shows Spurs' Dele Alli what he can become

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:39:00 PST

Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. ESPN FC's Craig Burley delves deeper into a few potential red card offences by Spurs, and addresses Man City's 16-game win streak. Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. MANCHESTER, England -- There was a two-minute period during Manchester City's 4-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur, which summed up what Dele Alli is and what he could -- perhaps should -- become. For the 21-year-old, the future can be seen in Kevin De Bruyne and Alli needs to watch the Belgian international closely to avoid his own talent going to waste. With the clock on 67 minutes and Alli clearly frustrated by his team's failure to compete against the runaway Premier League leaders, he threw...

Pochettino will need all his tactical nous to stop Man City juggernaut

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:08:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the weekend's big game between Manchester City and Tottenham. The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the weekend's big game between Manchester City and Tottenham. The ESPN FC crew look ahead to the weekend's big game between Manchester City and Tottenham. For the first time since Mauricio Pochettino took charge of Tottenham in 2014, the club is enduring something of a slump. Their Champions League performances this season have been superb -- they have more points than any other in the competition -- but their league results have been underwhelming. Progress under the Argentine had, until now, been constant. From fifth in his first season, to third in his second season, to second last season, Spurs have been travelling in the right direction in terms...

Pep Guardiola right to be wary of Tottenham as team to end Man City streak

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

Pep Guardiola insists despite Man City's unbeaten start to their Premier League campaign, his side will not finish the season unbeaten. ESPN's Don Hutchison shares his thoughts on who he would pick as his combined XI as Manchester City prepare to host Tottenham. Mauricio Pochettino explains that the magnitude of Man City-Tottenham alone is enough to motivate his squad. Arsene Wenger pointed a finger at Man City's wealth, saying when Arsenal went unbeaten in 2003-04 they did it without petrol money. While Ian Darke believes Man City are in a league of their own this season, he also points out that they have a ways to go before they're considered the best ever. Steve Nicol believes that if Spurs play at their full potential on Saturday, they have a true chance of ending Man City's win streak. MANCHESTER -- It was Christmas Jumper Day at Manchester City on Friday, but Pep Guardiola was not in the mood to join in with the festive spirit, perhaps just to remind the rest of the Premier League they can expect no charity from the runaway leaders. Unbeaten at the top of the table, 11 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and having just set a record of consecutive top-flight wins with their 15th on the bounce against Swansea in midweek, City could take Christmas off and still enjoy...

Premier League Predictions: Tottenham next to try and halt Man City

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:15:00 PST

The FC crew predict Manchester City vs. Tottenham and the rest of the Premier League weekend. The FC crew predict Manchester City vs. Tottenham and the rest of the Premier League weekend. Can Manchester City go the entire Premier League season unbeaten?  Tottenham are the latest team to try and stop the Pep Guardiola juggernaut as they travel to the Etihad for Saturday's late kickoff. Guardiola's men could open up a 14 point lead at the top with a win, having set the record for consecutive Premier League victories (15) after beating Swansea 4-0 in midweek. Will Mauricio Pochettino's side claim a surprise win? Predict that and the rest of the matches in our polls. Manchester...

Bernardo Silva starts slowly but David Silva provides reason to hope

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:00:00 PST

While Ian Darke believes Man City are in a league of their own this season, he also points out that they have a ways to go before they're considered the best ever. When Manchester City fans first saw Bernardo Silva, he pulled the strings for an hour in what would turn out to be a 5-3 defeat for his Monaco side at the Etihad in last season's Champions League. It was an impressive display from a player on the losing team, and one that made the home supporters sit up and take notice. While City weren't in desperate need for yet another creative midfielder last summer, few complained that Pep Guardiola made the Portuguese playmaker his first signing ahead of the...

W2W4: Can Tottenham depose Man City, the Invincibles-elect?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:09:00 PST

ESPN's Don Hutchison shares his thoughts on who he would pick as his combined XI as Manchester City prepare to host Tottenham. In the midst of a crowded calendar, with teams coming off midweek Premier League contests, W2W4 highlights the biggest storylines ahead of the weekend's matches. How far are Spurs behind the leaders? "Eighteen points, it says it right there in the table!" I hear you cry. Of course, in a literal sense the gap to Manchester City is less of a pothole for Tottenham to skip over and more a yawning chasm that could stretch to 21 points -- or seven victories, to give it more clarity -- by the...

Power Rankings: Man City stay top, Man United drop, Real Madrid return

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:10:00 PST

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop presents his latest power rankings, as Man City remain top and Real Madrid crack the top 10. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City's chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Janusz Michallik and Mark Donaldson delve into the finer points of Man City's derby win and its impact on the title race. Is there any stopping the top team in England? They stay at No. 1, while below them, their local rivals slip and two Portuguese sides are on the up. Dropping out: Chelsea, Liverpool. Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV! Shaka Hislop played for over 10 years in the Premier League and represented Trinidad and Tobago at the 2006 World Cup. Watch him on ESPN FC TV!

Unstoppable Manchester City brush aside Spurs for 16th straight Prem win

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:46:42 PST

Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. Manchester City's unparalleled run in the Premier League continues, as Pep Guardiola's side made it 16 wins on the trot with a 4-1 thumping of Tottenham. ESPN FC's Craig Burley delves deeper into a few potential red card offences by Spurs, and addresses Man City's 16-game win streak. ESPN FC's Craig Burley assesses all of Saturday's Premier League results from matchday 18, where Man City continue their historic run. MANCHESTER -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's 4-1 Premier League win over Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. 1. Unstoppable City brush aside Spurs Manchester City extended their record winning run to 16 successive Premier League victories by brushing Tottenham aside 4-1 at the Etihad, moving 14 points clear at the top of table in the process. Such was City's dominance, even a missed penalty by Gabriel Jesus in the second half could not halt their incredible run, which...

No limit for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City as Prem looks on in envy

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:03:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Manchester City can go the season unbeaten. Manchester City are not just proving to be an insurmountable problem for the rest of the Premier League this season, they are beginning to provide a headache for the journalistic profession, namely how to continue to find superlatives to describe this team's heavy duty excellence. The 4-0 win at a canter in Swansea in midweek, a scoreline that could easily have been doubled given the clear-cut chances that went begging, saw Pep Guardiola's side stroll comfortably in second gear for most of the 90...

Man City chasing Bayern for longest winning run in Europe's top 5 leagues

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:44:00 PST

Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Manchester City sealed a Premier League record run of 15 consecutive victories on Wednesday with a 4-0 win at Swansea City, but they still have a way to go before they can claim the record across Europe's top five leagues. Pep Guardiola's side have the longest winning streak in the English top flight, and perhaps it's no surprise -- the Catalan coach is now looking to break his own continental record that he set at one of his former clubs. ESPN FC's correspondents look at the best runs in La...

With City so far ahead, Premier League focus may shift for the chasing pack

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:54:00 PST

The Exploding Heads recap the midweek Premier League fixtures, including some social media expertise from Benjamin Mendy. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Although it was a narrow 1-0 victory, Jose Mourinho was happy for Man United to follow their derby loss with three points. If nothing else, Jose Mourinho said all the right things after Manchester United's unconvincing 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on Wednesday night ensured that Manchester City's 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League did not stretch any further. "If the title is over, I'll go on holiday tomorrow, to Brazil or Los Angeles." Mourinho said. "But I think it is over in May. We play match after match, one at a time. And I believe all the teams behind, the third, fourth, fifth, sixth are going to...

How Man City put together their record 15-game winning streak

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:44:00 PST

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood describes City as a runaway train following their record-breaking start to the premier league. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. Manchester City's 4-0 win over Swansea saw them break Arsenal's 14-game record of most successive victories in the Premier League. The Gunners set the record between Feb. 10 and Aug. 24, 2002, across two campaigns, while City are the first team to have that winning run in a single season. Attention will now turn to if City can go a whole season unbeaten, as the Gunners' "Invincibles" did in 2003-04. But here's a look back at City's incredible winning streak. Bournemouth (A) 2-1, Aug. 26 After falling...

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City or Arsenal's 'Invincibles' of 2003-04?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:56:00 PST

The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City's chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Manchester City have broken Arsenal's 14-game record for consecutive Premier League victories (held since 2002) with a rousing 4-0 win over a severely outclassed Swansea team and can now set their sights on equalling the Gunners' achievement of going a whole season unbeaten. It was Man City's fifth win of the season by four or more goals and means Pep Guardiola now holds the record for longest managerial win streaks in the Premier League (15), La Liga (16) and Bundesliga (19), with his City team...

David Silva sensational as Man City thrash Swansea for 15th win in a row

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:38:00 PST

Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. Pep Guardiola reflects on David Silva's strong run of form as Manchester City's winning streak reached 15 games with their win over Swansea. Manchester City have set a new top-flight record of 15 consecutive wins, following their 4-0 success at Swansea. After a string of tough ties, Pep Guardiola's team made light work of breaking down the Premier League's bottom club and it was a genuine walk in the park for the leaders. There could have been a Manchester Derby hangover, but there emphatically wasn't. Swansea City Manchester City 0 4 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Guardiola rotated his starting line-up by bringing in a few fresh faces and giving some tired legs a rest. It didn't...

Pep Guardiola's Man City looking immune to slip-ups at the moment

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:20:00 PST

Pep Guardiola says he encouraged his players to celebrate their Manchester derby win, but insists they did it in the changing rooms. With the first Manchester derby of the season set in the books, Stewart Robson reviews the match and the exact moment Manchester City took the win. With the applause still ringing in their ears, Pep Guardiola's Manchester City roll into Swansea this week for a fixture that once upon a time would have spelled almost certain disaster. City will face a Swansea side managed by Paul Clement, who worked with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea and followed him into employment at Real Madrid too. That tenuous link alone in the bad old days would have been enough to create a vortex of bad karma, which would have sunk Manchester City. Clement's side has been misfiring...

The key to Man City's superb season might be Raheem Sterling's new role

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:11:00 PST

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City's chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Man City's Raheem Sterling talks to ESPN FC about the Manchester derby, Pep Guardiola's tactics and much more. Craig Burley compares Manchester United to a small club playing a giant in the FA Cup in their loss to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola always springs a tactical surprise in big matches and Manchester United know that more than most. Guardiola underlined his status as a top-class manager back in May 2009, when his Barcelona side defeated Manchester United in the Champions League final thanks, in part, to a tactic involving the positioning of Samuel Eto'o and Lionel Messi. Eto'o, who had played the majority of the season upfront, started wide-right. Messi, who had occupied the right-sided role, started in the centre....

Are Manchester City the best team ever in the Premier League?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 06:57:00 PST

The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. With the first Manchester derby of the season set in the books, Stewart Robson reviews the match and the exact moment Manchester City took the win. Pep Guardiola says he encouraged his players to celebrate their Manchester derby win, but insists they did it in the changing rooms. Manchester City are a fine team. They deserve their double-digit lead at the top of the Premier League. As the halfway mark of the campaign approaches, Pep Guardiola's team remain unbeaten. Just how good are they? The most obvious point of comparison in the Premier League era is Arsenal's Invincibles, the side that were unbeaten in the 2003-04 season. Arsene Wenger's team share many similarities with City. Arsenal had guile and pace up front and could attack at a speed that blew their rivals...

Man City and Man United are a gulf apart, Juve poor, Dortmund fire Bosz

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:16:00 PST

It was, perhaps, the last realistic chance to begin to derail the Pep Guardiola Express. But Manchester City's 2-1 win at Old Trafford means their lead is up to 11 points, more than the league leaders in any of Europe's top leagues. The fact that the chasing pack, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, all dropped points is significant too. The big question was how Jose Mourinho would approach Sunday's match. Truth be told, with his best defender (Eric Bailly) and best player (Paul Pogba) unavailable,...

Roy Keane vs. Patrick Vieira, the Battle of the Buffet: Top 10 tunnel bust-ups

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:27:00 PST

The Exploding Heads wrap up a wild matchday 16 in England with Premier League in 90 seconds (plus stoppages). Manchester United and Manchester City are not the first clubs to engage in a bust-up in the tunnel at the end of a game. Some even manage to do so before the whistle has been blown. Here are a selection of some of the best from history. 10) Jose Mourinho vs. Ederson Maybe they should stop putting consumables in the Old Trafford dressing rooms. This latest bust-up comes in at bottom of the list, broadly because we don't know the full details yet. Reports suggested that Jose Mourinho was forced to...


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