Manchester City

Can Man City smash the Premier League points and goals records?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:20:00 PST

City won't end the season unbeaten as the Arsenal Invincibles did, but they have a lot of records to target. Manchester City are being hailed as one of the greatest Premier League sides of all-time even before Pep Guardiola has landed his first title in England. City have the most points of any side after 27 games (72, from W23, D3, L1) and have the opportunity to write their name in Premier League history by breaking some of its records. Here are 13 records that City could (and some cases, have already) own by the end of the season. Biggest title-winning margin: Manchester United won the 1999-2000 season...

Power Rankings: Barca still top, Man City surge up to No. 3

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:00:00 PST

Shaka Hislop wasn't in the studio to defend himself and his choices for his latest power rankings. Barcelona and Bayern Munich retain their grip on the top two spots while Man City and Liverpool both enter the top five and Real Madrid rejoin the mix too. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Dropping out: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester United 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!

With confidence high after Basel demolition, only Man City can stop Man City now

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:21:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew debate whether Manchester City's 4-0 victory was the result of brilliant team play or a poor opponent. Pep Guardiola hails Ilkay Gundogan who scored twice for Manchester City in their 4-0 Champions League win in Basel. Relive the best moments from Tuesday's action in the last 16 of the Champions League, featuring more brilliance from Man City and a classic in Turin. Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a dominant win over FC Basel. Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a dominant win over FC Basel. Manchester City's well-worn passing routines ripped the will to live out of FC Basel; off the pace and outmanoeuvred by a City team as slick as they were hungry, the Swiss side's hopes had been demolished completely inside 20 first half minutes. City's dominance will have confirmed fears held in Madrid, Munich, Paris and Barcelona, that here is a team that could well reach the final in Kiev this May if they keep up this coruscating pace and precision. We have become accustomed to seeing City's delicious...

Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho boss proceedings in Basel for Man City

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:51:00 PST

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a dominant win over FC Basel. Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a dominant win over FC Basel. The ESPN FC crew debate whether Manchester City's 4-0 victory was the result of brilliant team play or a poor opponent. Pep Guardiola hails Ilkay Gundogan who scored twice for Manchester City in their 4-0 Champions League win in Basel. The Manchester City juggernaut was eased into cruise control for large spells of their Champions League tie with FC Basel and with four away goals to their name and a clean sheet, you'd have to think the heavy lifting from Pep Guardiola's side has all been done in the first leg. This was far from City's best display of the season, but they made it look easy against the Swiss champions. FC Basel Manchester City 0 4 FT Leg 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives With the tie as good as won, City can now focus on their FA Cup and League Cup challenges in Wigan...

Man City outclass Basel with Kevin De Bruyne again showing he's among the best

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:55:00 PST

Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a dominant win over FC Basel. Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as Manchester City put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a dominant win over FC Basel. The ESPN FC crew debate whether Manchester City's 4-0 victory was the result of brilliant team play or a poor opponent. BASEL, Switzerland -- Three thoughts on Manchester City's 4-0 win over Basel on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie. 1. City take care of business  Ruthless, fearless and simply a class above, Manchester City showed why they are seen as one of the favourites for the Champions League, even if manager Pep Guardiola isn't sure if his side are quite ready to compete for the trophy yet. City took their swaggering Premier League form to Basel and destroyed the Swiss...

Basel could hit Manchester City with Dimitri Oberlin's blistering pace

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:46:00 PST

Get everything you need to know between Basel and Manchester City before Tuesday's kick off. Manchester City are most vulnerable when they are attacked at speed in transition. That was clear in the 4-3 defeat at Anfield and Jamie Vardy's strike for Leicester on Saturday served as another good example. That is why Basel coach Raphael Wicky might be tempted to gamble on Dimitri Obertin when he faces Pep Guardiola's team on Tuesday in the Champions League round-of-16 clash. It would be very difficult to find a faster player than Oberlin, and the whole world sat and took notice of his ability...

Can Manchester City or Man United really win the Champions League?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:28:00 PST

Stewart Robson joins Alison Bender to assess the chances of the five English teams in the UCL round of 16. The FC crew answer your tweets on the Champions League, Premier League refereeing and whether Raheem Sterling or Christian Benteke's miss was worse at the weekend. Manchester City and Manchester United have both got their eyes on winning the Champions League this season. City, in incredible form in the league, have never won Europe's top club prize; United, meanwhile, would be looking for a first since 2008 when they beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow -- having lost twice in the final to Barcelona in 2009 and 2011. But can the Manchester clubs challenge Europe's elite this season? We asked our club correspondents Jonathan Smith (City) and Rob Dawson (United).

ESPN FC writers' Champions League round-of-16 predictions

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:00:00 PST

Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol square off in predicting who'll emerge victorious from Basel-Man City, Juve-Spurs, Porto-Liverpool and Real-PSG. Alison Bender and Stewart Robson preview the two juiciest matchups in the UCL round of 16, Real Madrid versus PSG and Juventus versus Tottenham. Despite Real Madrid's persisting struggles, Craig Burley explains why they are capable of rising to the occasion in the Champions League against high-flying PSG. Which eight clubs will make it through to the Champions League quarterfinals? Here are our writers' predictions. The line-up is set for the Champions League Round of 16. Gab Marcotti Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Roma Mark Ogden Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Graham Hunter Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk Raphael...

Aguero puts on four-goal performance to top Player Power Rankings

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:34:00 PST

Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol break down this week's Player Power Rankings, which see Sergio Aguero's four-goal haul top the list. Cristiano Ronaldo paced Real Madrid, Harry Kane played hero in North London and more feature in this week's In Case You Missed It. The FC crew choose between Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne as man of the match in Man City's win over Leicester City, after both earned a 10/10 from ESPN FC's David Mooney. ESPN FC's global editorial desks nominate their top weekend performers. Sergio Aguero's four-goal performance for Manchester City tops our list. 1. Sergio Aguero | Manchester City Why he's here: Aguero scored four times in Man City's 5-1 win over Leicester on Saturday, inserting himself firmly in the Premier League Golden Boot race by taking his season total to 21. 2. Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid Why he's here: Three goals for Ronaldo in Madrid's 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday,...

Guardiola justified as Man City's Ederson reinvents goalkeeping

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:14:00 PST

Craig Burley raves about the play of Ederson in goal for Manchester City, but doesn't expect every goalkeeper to start playing like the Brazilian. Craig Burley raves about the play of Ederson in goal for Manchester City, but doesn't expect every goalkeeper to start playing like the Brazilian. Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester. Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Sergio Aguero's four-goal outing against Leicester and ponders what Pep Guardiola's long-term plans are for him. Manchester City continue to break the bank on defensive reinforcements, but are they spending too much on defensive options? Benjamin Mendy met Alexis Nunes in Manhattan to reveal some of the less talented attributes of his Manchester City colleagues. It was in Nashville, last July, when Pep Guardiola excitingly revealed that Manchester City's capture of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson had ended a two-year wait to work with the Brazilian. Ederson had endured a bumpy start to his City career following his £37.4 million transfer, with the 24-year-old making a high-profile mistake in his first game, the International Champions Cup clash against Manchester United in Houston, when he raced out of his penalty area and missed the ball in a challenge...

Quadruple a genuine possibility as Man City stroll through another Prem game

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:27:00 PST

Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester. Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Sergio Aguero's four-goal outing against Leicester and ponders what Pep Guardiola's long-term plans are for him. The FC crew choose between Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne as man of the match in Man City's win over Leicester City, after both earned a 10/10 from ESPN FC's David Mooney. It was always clear Manchester City would attract precious little sympathy when the injuries began to stack up at the end of 2017. Striding away in the title race, a few absentees hardly signalled the end of the world for such a rich City squad. Despite this, there was considerable anxiety among City fans that the deep squad was close to breaking point in certain areas. Now, after a weekend in which everything seemed to fall City's way, anyone nervous about league leaders' immediate prospects have...

Would your club sign Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as City ponder renewed move?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:59:00 PST

The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. Riyad Mahrez saw a transfer deadline move to Manchester City fail as Leicester stood firm over their £95 million valuation of him -- and then he refused to train. Puel says Mahrez needs to get his head right but what's next for Leicester's mercurial talent? ESPN FC's club correspondents have their say on whether their team should consider a summer move. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); MAN CITY: Yes Pep Guardiola wants more options out wide to stretch opponents, particularly against tight, defensive teams, which is...

Aguero and De Bruyne perfect as Manchester City steamroll Leicester

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 01:15:00 PST

The FC crew choose between Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne as man of the match in Man City's win over Leicester City, after both earned a 10/10 from ESPN FC's David Mooney. Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester. While admitting he must win titles to usurp the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, Pep Guardiola has 'no doubt' that Kevin De Bruyne is a contender for the Ballon d'Or. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Sergio Aguero's four-goal outing against Leicester and ponders what Pep Guardiola's long-term plans are for him. Raheem Sterling delights in finding the back of the net for Manchester City against Leicester, saying he he beat himself up all week after his miss at Burnley. After a tough first half in which Leicester managed to contain Manchester City for long spells, Pep Guardiola's side showed their ruthlessness after the break to run away with a 5-1 win. Sergio Aguero's four-goal haul will take the headlines, as will Kevin De Bruyne's incredible portfolio of assists, but barring one counter-attack in the first period, the home side got the job done with relative comfort. Positives The lead at the top of the Premier League table has been extended to 16 points,...

Aguero and De Bruyne destroy Leicester to reboot Man City

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:43:00 PST

Four goals from Sergio Aguero and a trio of assists from Kevin De Bruyne paved the way for Man City in a comfy win over Leicester. ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Sergio Aguero's four-goal outing against Leicester and ponders what Pep Guardiola's long-term plans are for him. Raheem Sterling delights in finding the back of the net for Manchester City against Leicester, saying he he beat himself up all week after his miss at Burnley. MANCHESTER, England -- Three quick thoughts from Manchester City's 3-1 Premier League win over Leicester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. 1. City back after their rest Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne returned from a short break to mastermind a victory that extends Manchester City's lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points -- for 24 hours at least. Aguero claimed four goals and De Bruyne a hat trick of assists as City beat the Foxes for the third time this season and created...

Manchester City's Quadruple chances unlikely but not impossible

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 10:38:00 PST

Manchester City continue to break the bank on defensive reinforcements, but are they spending too much on defensive options? Craig Burley doesn't think it's fair for critics to make Raheem Sterling the scapegoat for Man City's draw against Burnley after his point-blank miss. Manchester City's pursuit of an unprecedented four-pronged success in 2017-18 moves up a level in the next three weeks, with the Champions League restarting, a League Cup final with Arsenal and an FA Cup sixth-round berth beckoning if third-tier Wigan can be dispatched. Add that little lot to a 13-point lead atop the Premier League, and maybe it's time to start taking a quest --- which Pep Guardiola insists is impossible -- a little more seriously. With John Stones, Phil Foden and Leroy Sane reported...

Riyad Mahrez nearly moved to Man City but would he fit under Pep Guardiola?

Thu, 8 Feb 2018 12:11:00 PST

Alison Bender and Stewart Robson discuss whether player power is dominating football and Riyad Mahrez's decision to strike after his move to Manchester City fell through. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop feels Riyad Mahrez's actions after not sealing a move to Man City are simply ridiculous, with Leicester having every right to put such a high asking price in place. ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop feels Riyad Mahrez's actions after not sealing a move to Man City are simply ridiculous, with Leicester having every right to put such a high asking price in place. Leicester City boss Claude Puel says the club will do everything they can to ensure Riyad Mahrez fits back in after his move to Manchester City fell through. The notion of a fixture being a derby used to signify geographical proximity. Now it tends to relate to any common denominator between two clubs. Even so, Manchester City against Leicester City might be a derby with a difference on Saturday if it is jokingly branded "the Riyad Mahrez derby". The Algerian definitely will not be playing for Manchester City after City failed to sign him at the end of the transfer window. He surely will not be lining up for Leicester either after missing training...

Man City attackers catch the eye but Ederson contribution crucial for Pep

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 02:52:00 PST

Alexis Nunes met Benjamin Mendy at the top of the Rockefeller Center in New York City to quiz him on how much he really knows about sharks. A key factor in Manchester City's 1-1 draw at Burnley, aside from the away side's inability to finish off their chances, was that their goalkeeper was able to stand up to the Claret's late pressure. A big component of any No. 1 at a club aiming to dominate possession and play attractive, attacking football is the ability to concentrate throughout the 90 minutes and be alert even when only called upon once or twice. When Ederson reacted with a strong hand to push Ben Mee's acrobatic volley behind...

Manchester City feeling wear and tear entering crucial stretch of season

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 04:36:00 PST

ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Burnley's surprise draw against Manchester City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Burnley's surprise draw against Manchester City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Burnley's surprise draw against Manchester City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Burnley's surprise draw against Manchester City. On the very last day of 2017 Manchester City finished a tumultuous game at Selhurst Park with a single point. In the circumstances, it was a good point, as the home side had been awarded a penalty as the clock drifted into time added on. An unbeaten run stretching back to the FA Cup semifinal with Arsenal the previous April was rescued by Ederson's acrobatic penalty save from Luka Milivojevic. Nevertheless some of the seeds for City's current situation were clearly sown on that icy day in South...

Manchester City jaded as Guardiola remains cool on Quadruple chances

Tue, 6 Feb 2018 01:39:00 PST

ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Burnley's surprise draw at Manchester City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley discusses Burnley's surprise draw at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola insists it is "unreal" to consider that Manchester City could win an unprecedented Quadruple. But the Catalan's determination to compete in every competitions means they remain in the hunt for all four trophies as they enter the final four months of the season. However, they've already battled through a tiring schedule and the accumulation of those matches are starting to bite, with Kevin De Bruyne admitting he was "feeling from the first minute" after Saturday's 1-1 draw with Burnley. City...

Diego Maradona blacks out Sergio Aguero's face in family photo

Mon, 5 Feb 2018 03:31:00 PST

Diego Maradona has inadvertently proved that his ongoing rift with former son-in-law Sergio Aguero shows no signs of being healed in the near future. Matias Morla, the lawyer for the Argentine legend, shared a seemingly innocuous photo on social media -- only for eagle-eyed followers to pounce on a small but poignant detail in the background. Con el 10 en Dubai a trabajar pic.twitter.com/MNPe8BlRZI— MATIAS MORLA (@MatiasMorlaAb) February 1, 2018 Hanging on the wall is a photo of Aguero holding Maradona's grandson, Benjamin, who is wearing an Atletico Madrid shirt, but the Manchester City striker's...


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