Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham in what was perhaps the most unlucky result of the weekend. The Citizens were exceptional on the day blocking Mauricio Pochettino’s men to just three shots on target.
However, Tottenham were clinical and scored two goals out of the Blue which stunned the home fans. Guardiola would have learned some valuable lessons after the game despite the late VAR decision to overturn the goal.
Riyad Mahrez, who was the first name of the team sheet at Leicester City, has not got quite the same sort of treatment at his new club Manchester City and that’s understandable too.
Mahrez is an extraordinary talent, there is no doubt about it, but Manchester City has a lot more options at their disposal than Leicester had and considering the kind of form that their first choice wingers have been in, it’s not a huge surprise that Mahrez has not got as much of game time as he would have liked. The 28-year old is however not very pleased with it as per the reports.
Manchester City faceSchalke O4 this evening in the first of two competitions slated for the Blues this week the other the FA Cup clash at Swansea in the weekend. If City are able to come out of the two clashes unscathed this would add more credence to the noise about a potential quadruple.
Pep Guardiola has been quick to downplay any notion about the quadruple but the longer Manchester City continue to win the louder it would grow. The excuse of injuries and the squad being stretched is true to some degrees but Guardiola and his coaching staff which includes Mikel Arteta have been able to manage this excellently.
Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta is of the opinion that the club’s players are the best crop anyone can find in the world at the moment.
Arteta stood in for fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola when the manager received a touchline ban for City’s Champions League opening game against Olympique Lyonnais in September last year.
Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta believes that his team can still improve. He said that it is true that they have made a good start to the season but he thinks that the team can still become better. He said that when analyzing games afterward you can see that there are some mistakes and that they should work on eliminating those mistakes.
He said that when playing against the better sides these mistakes can cause problems and this is why they need to improve. He said that the Manchester City players should learn how to keep possession better and make sure that they do not open themselves up for counter-attacks.
Arsenal attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has said that manager Unai Emery has a similar philosophy to that of former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. The Spaniard took charge of the club during the summer following Wenger’s resignation and he has witnessed a tough start to the season with back-to-back losses against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mkhitaryan indicated that both Emery and Wenger are quite identical in terms of the tactics on the playing field, though the former has tried to balance things with emphasis also on the defensive side of the game, he said: “It’s not too different but there are different things because there is not people playing in the same way or thinking in the same way, the philosophy is different. Emery kept the philosophy of Wenger but is building something new on it. He knows he can give something different to this club, like the balance between attack and defence. It’s not easy but I think he’s doing it in the right way.”
England international Jack Wilshere has admitted that he could pursue a fresh challenge in a foreign league after his contract with the Gunners concludes on June 30. The 26-year-old had been with the Gunners since the age of nine but he was forced to decline a new deal earlier this month after manager Unai Emery failed to assure him of a regular starting role.
Since then, there have been suggestions that Wilshere could head to Turkey with Fenerbahce keen on his services and the midfielder has now opened the possibility of securing a move abroad, he told Sky Sports News: “I am willing to go abroad if the right opportunity comes up. Also, everyone knows I like the Premier League and the battle of it. It is literally the best thing that comes up and the best opportunity that we will take. I am not really in any rush, today [Saturday] is actually my last day with my contract at Arsenal, so it’s been a bit of a strange day.”