City usually line-up in a 4-3-3 formation with two inverted wingers on either side. Manchester City’s formation is perfectly familiar to Lionel Messi as Barca’s preferred formation over the years has also always been 4-3-3. Messi played a total of 28 matches on the right-wing last season and would be extremely accustomed to that role.
Chelsea have expressed their interest in the 26-year-old central defender who has recently fallen out of favor with Pep Guardiola. Stones’ current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2022. This, in addition to his poor performances, has cut the Englishman’s transfer value to as low as £20 million. City’s most recent signing Nathan Ake has added even more doubts to Stones’ future with Guardiola.
David Silva’s ten-year spell at Manchester City is nearing its end. The 34-year-old Spaniard has agreed terms with Serie A side Lazio, joining ‘The White and Sky Blues’ on a three-year deal. Nicknamed ‘El Mago’, Silva made 39 appearances for City last season, scoring six goals and assisting 11 times in all competitions.
The Englishman is Aston Villa’s main attacking engine, performing 41 passes per game on average, making up 11% of Villa’s total passes per game. Grealish’s skills on the ball are also reflected in his passing success percentage, with the Aston Villa captain completing 84.8% of his overall passes.
Everybody knew England’s woeful record at penalty shoot-outs in major tournaments but somehow, this time, it felt a little bit different. Hart’s confidence and assurance in goal gave England belief that the curse could be lifted – right until the moment Andrea Pirlo stepped up to take a penalty kick.
Manchester City have reportedly been in contact with Bournemouth over the potential transfer of Nathan Ake, estimated at a £35 million bargain. The left-sided centre-back is one of the most wanted names on Pep Guardiola’s wish list, as he strives to solve City’s defensive woes.
The Senegalese international has been linked with a move away from Naples for a long time, but the transfer fee proposed by Aurelio De Laurentis tends to put off the majority of the clubs’ interest.
“I have said many times, and continue saying, I am more than delighted with John Stones as a person, as a professional, everything,” Guardiola said ahead of the game against Newcastle United.
With both Robben and Ribery no longer at the club, it would be wise to think that Sane has a guaranteed spot in Bayern’s starting XI with not much competition surrounding him. However, the old guards were replaced with a younger duo of Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry who have cemented their spot in the starting eleven this season. The message has been sent out to the most recent Bayern signing.
Teams like Brighton and Norwich certainly prefer a possession-based football; however, it has not brought many benefits with both still heavily involved in the relegation battle. In contrast, the more pragmatic teams like Newcastle, Burnley, and Crystal Palace are safe from relegation despite their reluctance to try and play ‘pretty football’.