Manchester City

  • Sane's simple stuff delights Guardiola a...

    Leroy Sane is proving his worth to Manchester City all over again after Pep Guardiola decided the Germany international did not deserve to play on the back of a poor pre-season. Sane followed a brace in the midweek EFL Cup win at West Brom with the opening goal against Crystal P...

    Sane's simple stuff delights Guardiola after poor pre-season

    Leroy Sane is proving his worth to Manchester City all over again after Pep Guardiola decided the Germany international did not deserve to play on the back of a poor pre-season. Sane followed a brace in the midweek EFL Cup win at West Brom with the opening goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday, adding a pair of assists as City ran riot after half-time to record a 5-0 win. 6/1 for Man City and Shakhtar to draw It was only the 21-year-old's second Premier League start of the campaign but he took his goal tally to five in all competitions. Sane was one of City's leading performers during the second half of last season but surprisingly found himself below Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva in the pecking order when it came to Guardiola selecting the support attackers for strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. The former Barcelona boss told a post-match news conference that the answers lay on the training pitch. "He didn't arrive good, he didn't make a good pre-season, he didn't deserve to play," said Guardiola. "Now I have five strikers who all deserve to play. Gabriel Jesus is amazing, Bernardo Silva always creates, there's also Raz [Sterling], Leroy and Sergio… "Some of them are going to rest. I need them sharp, especially in the second half of the season. "But, of course, Leroy is so important for us. He's a guy who runs in behind in the right tempo, at the right moment as well as anyone else in the world. "He is improving at the simple things, the simple balls, not losing the ball. Before he had to improve in that. "Any goal is important and he is scoring a lot of goals, creating chances, giving assists. He is a young player, 21 years old, and he is so important for us." City are top of the Premier League on goal difference after their latest resounding win – they are the first English team to win three consecutive top-flight games by five or more goals since Blackburn Rovers in 1958-59 – but Ruben Loftus-Cheek should have given Palace the lead before Sane illuminated a disjointed first-half showing with a brilliant solo effort. Having rung the changes for Wednesday's trip to The Hawthorns, Guardiola felt his rested stars struggled to find their rhythm. "We started good in the first five or 10 minutes, we created two chances and then after that we forgot that the ball should be moved," he said. "When everything is slow, our rhythm is low, we concede counter-attacks and everything can happen. "In the last 10 or 12 minutes of the first half before the goal, I felt we had it – moving the ball quicker – and we cannot deny that it helps a lot for Leroy to score in the last minutes." The only blot on City's day was left-back Benjamin Mendy limping off in the 29th minute with a knee injury that will be fully assessed on Sunday. "Tomorrow we are going to make a real test," Guardiola added. "He feels better. It was a kick. Hopefully that's all. "I don't know if the ligament is damaged. We are going to see."

  • Crystal Palace set English record for wo...

    Crystal Palace set a very unwanted record with their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.  With their loss at the Etihad Stadium, the Eagles became the first side in English professional football history to lose their first six games of the season without scoring a single ...

    Crystal Palace set English record for worst-ever start to season

    Crystal Palace set a very unwanted record with their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.  With their loss at the Etihad Stadium, the Eagles became the first side in English professional football history to lose their first six games of the season without scoring a single goal. West Brom 20/1 to beat Arsenal 1-0 Raheem Sterling notched a brace as the home side scored four of their five goals after half-time.  6 - Crystal Palace are the 1st side in English Football League history to lose their first six games of the season without scoring. Sorrow. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017 Frank de Boer was sacked earlier this month after beginning the season with four consecutive league defeats.  Former England boss Roy Hodgson was appointed as De Boer's successor, but he has not been able to stem the tide for Palace. Palace lost 1-0 against Southampton last weekend in Hodgson's first game in charge, though the Eagles did manage a 1-0 win over Huddersfield in the Carabao Cup in midweek. 

  • Man City set 59-year first with Crystal ...

    Manchester City were in no mood to take pity on struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday as they continue an impressive run of high-scoring wins. After their 5-0 trouncing of Liverpool, they embarrassed Watford at Vicarage Road with a 6-0 win. Man City 9/1 to win Champions League ...

    Man City set 59-year first with Crystal Palace demolition

    Manchester City were in no mood to take pity on struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday as they continue an impressive run of high-scoring wins. After their 5-0 trouncing of Liverpool, they embarrassed Watford at Vicarage Road with a 6-0 win. Man City 9/1 to win Champions League 5 - Man City are the 1st side to score 5+ goals in 3 consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn in 58-59. Unstoppable. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017 While Crystal Palace are on the worst opening run in the history of the English Football League having failed to score a goal in their six defeats, City have had no such troubles. Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph all chipped in as City fired five past their visitors without reply. It is the first time in 59 years that an English top-flight team has managed to score five or more goals in three successive games. Blackburn Rovers were the last side to do it - in the 1958-59 season. Although City are in solid form domestically and in Europe, having beaten Feyenoord 4-0 in the Champions League, they will have a hard time stretching this run to four games when they take on Chelsea next week. The reigning champions host Guardiola's men off the back of a 4-0 win away to Stoke City.

  • Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0: Guar...

    Free-scoring Manchester City added to Crystal Palace's mounting misery with a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, a result that sent Pep Guardiola's men top of the Premier League. Palace are the only team without a goal in Europe's five major divisions this season after a sixth strai...

    Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0: Guardiola's men sink strugglers to go top

    Free-scoring Manchester City added to Crystal Palace's mounting misery with a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, a result that sent Pep Guardiola's men top of the Premier League. Palace are the only team without a goal in Europe's five major divisions this season after a sixth straight top-flight defeat, and the scale of the task facing the recently appointed Roy Hodgson is thrown into a stark light by a fixture list that places Manchester United and Chelsea next on their agenda. Contrary to the final scoreline, Hodgson's men acquitted themselves well in the first half and should have led through Ruben Loftus-Cheek before a splendid opener from Leroy Sane arrived a minute before half-time. Raheem Sterling's quickfire second-half brace put the result beyond any semblance of doubt and an overworked Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal was unable to keep out Sergio Aguero's 79th-minute header from Sane's cross. The goal moved Aguero to within one strike of Eric Brook's all-time club scoring record of 177 and an excellent fifth from substitute Fabian Delph extended the goal-difference advantage Guardiola's side enjoy over Manchester United at the summit to four. Despite the array of City attacking talent on the field, they almost opened the scoring courtesy of a Palace defender in the seventh minute when Mamadou Sakho headed Kevin De Bruyne's testing cross against his own post. Guardiola's men were not operating with the pleasing fluency of their recent outings but should have led in the 12th minute, with Fernandinho blasting straight at Hennessey after Nicolas Otamendi's attempt from a right-wing corner dropped to him seven yards out. Hennessey was operating behind an amply stocked defence, well drilled by Hodgson, whose team nearly led in the 19th minute. Loftus-Cheek let fly from the edge of the area and his shot clipped a lunging Otamendi before bouncing clear off Ederson's right-hand post. The Chelsea loanee then spurned a glorious chance on the end of Andros Townsend's deflected cross and an uncomfortable period for City was compounded by left-back Benjamin Mendy limping off with a knee injury. Aguero lifted over left-footed when Sane presented him with the chance to score his 176th goal for the club before the Germany international took matters majestically into his own hands, touching David Silva's chipped return pass over Scott Dann and slotting home on the half volley. Sane turned provider six minute into the second period, Silva sliding a pass down the left channel for him to send over a low cross and hand Sterling a simple finish. The England winger should have doubled his tally when he blasted into the side-netting shortly afterwards and Aguero shot too close to Hennessey at the end of a solo run. Those two players combined to make it 3-0 before the hour – Aguero knocking De Bruyne's raking ball back across goal for Sterling to convert. Palace were rocking and Aguero released Sane into the box, where Hennessey stood firm despite his earlier protection having evaporated. Guardiola remonstrated extensively after a Sane penalty claim fell on deaf ears with 15 minutes to play, but it was his slumped counterpart in the opposite dugout who could reflect on more genuine reasons for anguish by the time Aguero got in on the act. Hodgson handed Delph his England debut in 2014 but would rather not have seen a career that has stalled through fitness woes in Manchester dazzlingly spark a minute from time, as he cut inside and looped a right-footed shot into the top corner.   Key Opta facts: - Crystal Palace are the first side in England’s top four tiers to lose their first six games of the season without scoring. - Palace are the only team in Europe's big five divisions yet to score a league goal this season. - This is Manchester City's best goal return after six league games (21). - City are the first side to score 5 or more goals in three consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn in 1958-59.

  • Man City team news: Gabriel Jesus drops ...

    Gabriel Jesus drops to the bench for Manchester City as the Premier League joint-leaders host Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.  The Brazilian has made a scintillating start to his first full Premier League season, forming a lethal partnership with Sergio Aguero up front.  ...

    Man City team news: Gabriel Jesus drops to bench for Crystal Palace clash

    Gabriel Jesus drops to the bench for Manchester City as the Premier League joint-leaders host Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium.  The Brazilian has made a scintillating start to his first full Premier League season, forming a lethal partnership with Sergio Aguero up front.  But he misses out on Saturday as Pep Guardiola rotates his forces, leaving the Argentine as City's sole striker against the Eagles.  Leroy Sane steps up to the starting XI having made a late cameo in the side's resounding 6-0 win over Watford last weekend. Home fans, meanwhile, will be happy to see Ederson retake his place between the posts after recovering from a facial injury.  The goalkeeper had been hurt during a clash with Sadio Mane in the recent 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool and started on the bench midweek against West Brom in the Carabao Cup, but has made a full recovery.  Ederson and Sane are the only new faces from the last Premier League run-out in a familiar-looking line-up, as Guardiola sticks with his first-choice defence which has looked solid so far this term.  Roy Hodgson takes his new Palace side to the Etihad in desperate need of a win, with the Eagles rock-bottom having lost all five of their opening fixtures.  Serbia international Luka Milivojevic is drafted into the midfield for what will be a daunting clash against the title hopefuls. Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Mendy, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva (c), Sterling, Sane, Aguero. Substitutes: Bravo, Yaya Toure, Bernardo, G Jesus, Mangala, Danilo, Delph Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Townsend, Loftus-Cheek, Schlupp, Benteke. Substitutes: Speroni, Tomkins, Ward, Puncheon, McArthur, Sako, Riedewald.

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