Manchester City’s game against Newport County tomorrow is not going to be an easy one, due to the pitch it is said.
The Exiles' historic ground is one of the oldest currently used in the Football League having been opened in 1877, and its facilities are a far-cry from the state-of-the-art stadia that City's world class talent are accustomed to.
Newport don't actually own their ground and they share it with two rugby teams - Newport RFC and Dragons - which makes the pitch bobbly and difficult for teams who are used to playing on the golf greens of the Premier League.
Vincent Kompany is ready to sign a one year contract to extend his time at Manchester City. This comes from a report from Goal’s Sam Lee, who reports:
“The Belgium international is incredibly popular with the club’s hierarchy and still has a role in Pep Guardiola’s first team plans for next season.”
Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva were the only two of City's attacking midfielders to play all three games last week.
Despite starting last three games, Gundogan had some interesting comments to share with us.
Asked if he is in the best form of his life, he answered: “It's hard to judge if I'm the best Gundogan ever. “I also had very good periods at Dortmund. In the meantime, however, I also realise that I have to pay close attention to my body. I need to sleep well - at least seven hours – and eat well.”
What do you think Gundogan and his performance from last week?
Man City closer to ANOTHER goalscoring record after blitzing Chelsea.
Manuel Pellegrini's blistering first season at the Etihad, and Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo, Yaya Toure and others combining to shatter the record of most goals in all competitions in a year as they racked up 156.
City, then, have between 15 and 23 games to score 37 goals for a new English record. Having equalled second place with 143 goals in all competitions last season, Guardiola's men have a chance to show another way in which they have improved on their historic second season together - and write their name into more records in the process.
Pep Guardiola reveals the best and worst part of his job as Man City manager.
"The best is when you decide to play in a certain way and it works," Guardiola said on Soccer AM.
"The worst day by far is when you cannot let your players play, that is terrible, it's a disaster, that kills me. I try to make rotation but there are many players who deserve to play and I cannot let them play because we can only play 11, that is the toughest moment."
Mendy, the class clown..
The Manchester City left-back posted his location on Instagram as being at Hong Kong international airport and when this was put to Guardiola, whose press conference was being broadcast on Sky Sports, the manager signalled his confusion by swearing.
“Hong Kong? Fuck – is he? He said he was going to Paris but Hong Kong – I don’t know,” said Guardiola in reference to where the Frenchman had gone after treatment in Spain. “I have to understand Instagram. Really, I don’t know. Yesterday he was in Barcelona.”
Mendy responded by saying it was not true. “I was just joking with my Uber driver, I don’t want no problems Pep,” he tweeted.
We started well with Arsenal and Everton but now comes a really, really big test — a big bull.
Chelsea is an exceptional team with seven days to prepare that game. We will try. We have to prepare well.
This is a real final for us this weekend. If we are able to take these points, we are going to take a huge step forward.
• Everton have won only one of their past 11 Premier League fixtures versus Manchester City - a 4-0 triumph at Goodison Park in January 2017.
• City could win consecutive top-flight away fixtures versus the Toffees for the first time since 1992.
• They could also do the Premier League double over Everton for only the second time.
Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho reveals why he left Manchester City for Dortmund.
“It’s been the best year of my life. If you’d told me a year ago that I’d be talking to you now, I’d have thought you were crazy," Sancho told FourFourTwo magazine.
“Why Dortmund? It speaks for itself: youngsters get opportunities.
“You’ve got to thank Dortmund, because it’s unheard of for a team that gets 80,000 fans at every home game to put so much faith in youngsters.
"It was crazy how many clubs wanted me – it shows how well you’re doing, but I always felt Dortmund was right for me."
INJURY UPDATES | Ederson should be fit to play Arsenal on Sunday despite picking up a minor leg injury (a really nasty cut) in the loss at Newcastle, while No. 2 Claudio Bravo remains a long term Achilles injury absentee. If worse comes to worse, Guardiola could be forced to deploy 20-year-old Aro Muric in between the sticks.
Benjamin Mendy will be hoping to return to action in this one as he nears full fitness, but the comeback process has been up and down in training this past week.
“We’ll see day by day, but really I don’t know,” Guardiola said at his news conference hours ago in regards to Mendy’s situation. Finally, team captain Vincent Kompany remains a long term injury absentee.
All smiles in todays training, with our heads up and the next game in mind after yesterdays 2-1 loss against Newcastle.
Double gamweek coming up ahead with Arsenal this Sunday and Everton on Wednesday next week.
Manchester City are looking to sign German International and Schalke player Sebastian Rudy as a back-up option for Fernandinho.
According to the Sun, £35M is the fee Man City are going to need to pay if they want to sign the German, with it also being noted that Schalke will only be willing to sell the player for a considerable amount.