The Premier League is getting to the thick of the action. The World Cup is coming, player are fatigued and dealing with injuries, and there are so many other factors to consider. Given their tactical dominance and individual brilliance, do you think this is City’s chance to emulate 03/04 Arsenal’s heroics?
It’s another weekend after the international break with no significant injury recorded. Manchester City is set to go into one of their biggest matches against local rivals Manchester United.
The City side has recently dominated this fixture although previous United managers have been able to grind out wins against the Citizens. Ole Gunnar Solskjear recorded three consecutive away games in all competitions against Pep Guardiola.
The Citizens’ shortcomings in recent years were attended to in the recently concluded transfer window as they secured the signings of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez to battle for the number nine spot within the squad.
Guardiola’s fluid and dynamic system don’t highlight the need for a center forward, but their struggles against low blocks showed reasons for their investments. Big name signing Erling Haaland has risen to the occasion for the Manchester outfit racking up 11 goals in 12 outings for the team.
Pep Guardiola And Manchester City Eye New High
It’s the eighth league game of the season, and the Sky Blues have recorded five wins so far and draws against Aston Villa and Newcastle. Guardiola’s boys’ dramatic comeback against Newcastle from 3-1 down was enough to ensure their 100% record in the league remains intact.
Guardiola and his team are not new to breaking records in the league as they are the only side in the competition’s history to get a 100-point tally. The 106 goals scored in that campaign is more than any other side has ever managed, while their +79 goal difference is also the best the Premier League has ever seen.
Manchester City looks poised to compete on all fronts this season again as they particularly seek Champions League glory, which would be the first European trophy in the team’s history.
Shortcomings against Lyon, Tottenham, and Real Madrid have been their most recent downfalls creating a popular notion of Pep Guardiola “overthinking” in crucial moments.
They are ready to compete on all fronts and look to match the Invincibles’ record of going unbeaten throughout the season as they claimed the Premier League trophy.
Manchester City is yet to face all of the Premier League’s big six, but that doesn’t seem to faze them as Arsenal is the only side in the top six with a decent output this season. The young Arteta side is currently top of the table and only fell to defeat at the rejuvenating Erik Ten Hag.
Multiple factors could also be a determinant of the club’s achievements. These include players’ injuries, the World Cup, fatigue, and a dip in form.
The coming World Cup and the just concluded international break would take a toll on the player’s form. Fatigue could set in after a long run of games, and that could affect the team’s performance in the long run.
Injuries to star players could also hamper the team’s progress as seen in the past when Manchester City seem disjointed at the unavailability of Kevin Debruyne.
All of these factors are aligned and interconnected. It would be interesting to see how Guardiola and his coaching staff manage his side throughout the season. Squad rotations and proper intervention of the medical staff are vital in maintaining the player’s health and availability as the season goes on.