Pep Guardiola has won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for a record fourth time in succession as Manchester City's dominant campaign continues. "Just focus on the next one - that is the best advice I can give to my players". "I do think he is going to make that big a difference". It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp adapts his tactics in Coutinho's absence, though.
Guardiola has mastered the Premier League and is now looking by far and beyond the best manager in the division. This time, I had four weeks, which was massive for me.
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Liverpool have scored 50 Premier League goals at an average of more than two per game. City narrowly escaped Crystal Palace with a 0-0 draw, whilst late goals saved them against West Ham and Southampton. They can go to the market and Jurgen [Klopp] knows exactly what he has to do with his team.
Liverpool, arguably, have lost their main man with the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. His fellow countryman has been one of the team's standout players this season. The club's "Fab Four" of the Brazilian, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have terrorised opposition defences this season. He is relentless in his defensive contribution as he presses high up the pitch and his distribution in attack is superb.
"Yes, there was interest - Manchester United, yes, they were interested a year or a year and a half before, but it didn't feel right", he told Sky Sports. This amounts to an astounding average of 99 minutes per goal.
Pep Guardiola's squad faces a stiff test at Liverpool. There will be others that disagree with that, but he has the opportunity to prove it against Liverpool this weekend. Fans will certainly be excited to see him play!
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The Eagles now have won 16 straight games when leading after three quarters, even if their 12-10 at the time didn't feel so safe. This team was dominant throughout most of the year, blowing out teams, running the ball, and shutting opposing offenses down.
Tueart played alongside another City great in former England midfielder Colin Bell. His vision and ability to pick a pass mark him as one of the most creative players in Europe.
Benjamin Mendy (ACL) is a long-term absentee while youngster Phil Foden (ankle) is also missing.
Before a time when Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi were held up as examples of his catalytic coaching and to a series of turning points in what threatened to be an uncertain start to the season. Both teams like to play offensive football and that should mean chances are created at both ends.
Lee Johnson saw his Bristol City underdogs beaten by an injury-time goal at the Etihad on Tuesday night - and then warned that they haven't reached the Carabao Cup final yet.
However, Klopp refused to confirm whether the club record signing will retain his place in the heart of the back-line to try and stop City's fearsome attack.