Man City SACK City Football Academy training centre manager – complaints over maintenance

Manchester City have axed Mark Muncer, the man in charge of the general maintenance of the City Football Academy, following concerns and complaints over the general upkeep of the Premier League champions’ £200 million complex.

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The knock-out blow? – Talking Points from Newcastle United 2-1 Manchester City

After a disappointing night in the North East, Harry Siddall discusses the main talking points from a potentially season-defining game when it comes to the Premier League title race.

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The Big Match Preview: Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Make no mistake, this game certainly falls into the “potential banana skin” bracket for Manchester City.

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Ask the Opposition w/ TalkingWolves: Manchester City vs Wolverhampton (Premier League)

Manchester City host Wolves at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night as the blues look to maintain the pressure on league leaders Liverpool. A win for the blues would narrow the gap at the top of the league back to four points while a win for the visitors could potentially see them in 7th after the weekend. It’s a massive game for all involved and a stern test for Manchester City, who dropped points at Molineux earlier on this season. City Xtra caught up with Wolves fan, Dave Azzopardi of…

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A Midfield Dilemma – Predicted XI for Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (Premier League)

Since Manchester City’s last defeat in all competitions, the blues have scored 21 goals in just four games, going unbeaten in four including a massive win against title rivals Liverpool at the Etihad.  Next up for the blues is Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves, who travel to the Etihad on the back of a stunning FA Cup victory over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The Premier League newcomers are one of five teams to take points off the reigning Champions after the 1-1 draw at Molineux in the reverse fixture back in August…

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Fernandinho – The most important piece in the Pep Guardiola jigsaw puzzle

When people first think of the most important player in a Guardiola team, you end up hearing a variety of different answers. Some may say the Goalkeeper – someone who is expected to play as an extra outfield player, playing intricate passes & playing on the edge of his box at all costs. Some say the fullbacks – capable of working up & down the field, as well as coming inside to play as central midfielders when needed. Some would even say the central striker – whether they play as…

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Manchester City’s hunt for the elusive defensive midfielder – Part 1

Left empty-handed in the last seconds of the summer transfer window, Pep Guardiola’s hunt for a new defensive midfielder is set to continue a while longer. City Xtra takes a look at the most likely candidates to complete the Catalan’s tactical jigsaw.

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A Title Race, Transfers and Twitter – A Week in the City

It’s A Week in the City and we’re mostly going to be talking about gardening. The Anfield Grass In a week which saw Greggs unveil a vegan sausage roll, it was difficult to imagine that any higher level of controversy could exist. Of course, this was until Manchester City emerged as victors against Liverpool which, naturally, could never be without controversy. Last year it was “should Mané really have been sent off for karate-kicking a goalkeeper in the head?” and this year we have both the decision not to send…

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Demolition Job – Talking Points from Manchester City 9-0 Burton Albion (Carabao Cup)

Following a 7-0 rout of Rotherham United just three days ago, Manchester City continued to demonstrate their attacking prowess, this time in the first semi-final first-leg of the Carabao Cup.  Despite the absences of a few key players, Guardiola elected to play a fairly strong team with Kevin De Bruyne earning his second successive start since returning from a knee injury. Aro Muric was also given the nod in goal with Eric Garcia celebrating his 18th birthday with a start for the blues. After playing almost entirely in Burton’s final…

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A Semi-Final start for Eric Garcia – Predicted XI for Manchester City vs Burton Albion (Carabao Cup)

For the second game running, Manchester City host lower-league opposition at the Etihad Stadium, giving Pep Guardiola another opportunity to rotate his side during a busy month for the blues. With a strong starting XI defeating Rotherham United 7-0 at the weekend, the temptation is there to go for a similarly strong outfit to seal Manchester City’s place at Wembley in the first leg. However, Guardiola may feel that it would only be right to continue starting the players that have got City in this position. Aro Muric is a…

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