This is our City: August 2016

4 Manchester City Players Injured, Culprits were never punished by the FA

Here's three of the lastest injuries that Manchester City players suffered and the English Football Association nor the match officials on the night of the games punished.



West Hams United's Cheikhou Kouyaté deliberately assaults David Silva and he only gave him a yellow, what yanked my chain about this one was. Even Manuel Pellegrini came out and naively said "I always think that a player doesn’t want to damage another player", but pundits were unanimous that they believed the intention was there. NO RED CARD OR 3 MATCH BAN

Fellaini was never banned for 3 matches because the stupid Referee handed him out a yellow when it clearly should have been a straight red. NO RED CARD OR 3 MATCH BAN

Every time we beat a team, their managers or coaches first excuse is always "we gifted them easy goals".

The exact reason I hate Sam Allardyce, after West Ham United's Cheikhou Kouyaté put David Silva in hospital with a vicious elbow, Little Sam come out with "there was nothing in it".

But Sergio Aguero could end up with a 3 match ban for not making contact with Winston Reid and for Winston Reid simulating and feigning injury. Might I add Winston Reid hasn't been registered out of action yet, can't see him on the injury table at present?

United never learn, Manchester City can operate without Aguero, we have Iheanacho

The decades of goading which can't be written off as banter, Owen and Rooney's Derby winning goals, Young's constant diving and getting away with it, Fellaini's constant elbowing which went unpunished. You'd think that United would have learnt their lesson in 2012 after it was all undone in a few seconds of what was the biggest title win in the history of Football. All repaid on the last day of the season, you couldn't have made it up if you tried.

United's fans and the Media have gone all out contacting the Football Association and provided propaganda to get Sergio Aguero banned, so far the FA have followed protocol but it's hard to see any outcome other than a 3 match ban when the Football Association are admittedly pro Trafford United.

The FA have since removed the Header of United winning the Community Shield with a simple England badge on a Grey backdrop.

But nooooooooooo it's not in the fabric of their club or fan base to come down off that pedestal, as soon as they signed the two biggest ego's in world sport, all of a sudden the Utd fans started mouthing off about how they are back in the big time again.

The only problem they seem to have not remembered though is, nothing lasts forever and Karma really is a bitch.

Manchester City can live without Sergio Aguero for 3 matches because we have the second best forward in the league, in Kelechi Iheanacho and sooner of later we will have another forward in Brahim Diaz, Heir too Aguero himself.

6-1, 2012 just the calm before the storm.

They have another Derby to play at the Etihad yet and i'm sure Sergio will be gunning to set things straight should he be banned, the title isn't won in September.

Time for Iheanacho to shine.

Kelechi Iheanacho's injury not bad, only minor says Dad

Kelechi's Dad has told allnigeriasoccer that his sons injury is just a minor one and Manchester City have told him to rest up for 2 weeks, so he could be back in action in as little as 3 weeks.

The Manchester Derby is probably a long shot at best for a return but, with Leroy Sane set to more than likely make his debut. I suspect he will be fit to play a part in our first Champions League match against Mönchengladbach on the 13th Sept, or Bournemouth on the 17th Sept.

Manchester City include Stones in Champions League list for Steaua Bucharest, full list of registered players.

Uefa have confirmed Manchester City asked for John Stones too be included in our squad for Steaua Bucharest, under the shirt number 24

Hart, Caballero

Zabaleta, Stones, Kolarov, Clichy, Sagna, Denayer, Otamendi

Sterling, Sane, Delph, De Bruyne, Silva, Fernandinho, Navas, Fernando, Yaya Toure

Iheanacho, Nolito, Aguero

Where will Sane play under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City?

German wonderkid Leroy Sane looks set to make the move from Shalke to Manchester City for approximately £35m. Where will Pep’s fourth major signing of the summer fit into the City team? 

Leroy Sane 

Sane is a predominantly left footed player capable of playing anywhere across a front 3. For Shalke he has mainly been used as a right winger cutting inside to great effect. 

It is this position that Pep has him down for. 

Pep Guardiola’s style of play 

Thierry Henry did an excellent piece on Pep’s style of play in a Monday Night Football piece on Sky Sports. Henry mentions the 3 P’s that make up Guardiola’s philosophy. 

Play, possession and position. 

To see how Sane will fit in watch Henry’s discussion and compare them to the clips of Sane 

You’ll see that Sane often holds his position wide on the left until the final 3rd being released to devastating effect, just as Henry describes Pep Guardiola’s demands. 

At 20 years old Sane already plays to Pep’s demands and will only get better with the Spaniard’s coaching. 

Who’s place will he take?

An admission: I like Jesus Navas. Watching City under Pellegrini the team, in my opinion, was better with him in the team than without. Navas created a structure to the team and just by staying out wide he created space for the likes of Silva and De Bruyne. 

Navas got into position to create many chances and last season was one of the highest number of assists in the side (7 in the Prem league). His pace and willingness to track back was an asset in the team and his workrate helped Sagna (who for me was player of the season) on that right hand side. 

However there is one glaring area where Navas fails. 

In 33 Premier League games Jesus scored 0 goals! 

For an attacking player in an attacking team that is not good enough (we scored more Premier League goals than anyone else!). Navas should be looking to score around 10 goals, the much derided Raheem Sterling scored 6 whilst Kevin De Bruyne scored 7 in a bad year for City. 

Navas v Sane 

Goal scoring is where Leroy Sane has a major edge over Jesus Navas. For a Shalke team, that only scored 51 goals finishing in 5th place last season, Sane scored 8 times, whilst also assisting 6 times (only one less than Navas). 

Both players played a similar number of minutes last season, let’s see how they compared

• Successful Take-on’s: Navas 48, Sane 92

Leroy Sane has been described as a dribble king and from these you can see why. Pep style of play is to build a team to create one on ones. Sane would fit perfectly into this. 

• Shots: Navas 31, Sane 68 

So Sane took more than twice as many shots as Navas last season. Not a major surprise as Navas seems to lack confidence in front of goal often passing rather than taking the shot. 

• Passes: Navas 1267, Sane 615 

An area where Navas destroys Sane! Maybe due to the team style, maybe due to Sane’s different style of play being more likely to dribble, take-on and shoot. Probably an area where he will change in a Pep Guardiola side which usually have a high level of possession and passes. 

• Aerial duals won: Navas 9, Sane 27 

Ok not an important stat for a winger but Sane is over 6ft tall so will improve a forward line of 5ft 8 Aguero and 5ft 7 Sterling. 


Sane’s cost of around £35m will be frowned upon much as Raheem Sterling’s fee was (it is City after all – no one else spends money!). However recent reports suggest Navas could be back off to Sevilla for £15m. 

If this was the case it could be a great bit of squad upgrade with swapping a 30 year old Navas for a 20 year old Sane who assists the same and scores a lot more for a net spend of £20m. 

Txiki you’re not doing a bad job after all. 

(Did I just say net spend? – I’m turning into an Arsenal fan!).

Learn more about Pep's tactics: Pep Guardiola: 3 books every Man City fan should read