Man City, the juggernaut taking English soccer by storm

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 19, 2017

City have played 11 matches in all competitions this season, winning 10 and drawing one.

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The summer signing of Portugal playmaker Bernardo Silva and the return to fitness of center midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has given Guardiola an abundance of options in the five places ahead of the defense and regular midfield anchorman Fernandinho.

However, a recent City side have enjoyed a similar goal-filled start, only for the scoring to fall off.

They have scored a remarkable 37 in those games, a rate of 3.36 per match. With a Carabao Cup game against Wolves coming up on Tuesday, the Catalan may prefer to make wholesale changes next time and stick with largely the same team that has started the last three games for Burnley's visit.

Klopp sees Roberto Firmino as being integral to how he wants to play and when Liverpool are firing on all cylinders you can see why he has such faith in the Brazilian.

Neither teams have any suspensions to worry about.

By this stage of the season, Carlo Ancelotti's Blues had scored only 18 goals.

Mauricio Pochettino has drilled Spurs into one of the slickest teams in Europe in his three years at the club, while two years under Jurgen Klopp's stewardship have turned Liverpool into a highly dynamic team.

Over the course of a season you'd expect Firmino to get 15 goals if he's playing through the centre every week (this was not the case last year and his goal tally reflected that).

The last team in the English top flight to score as many in their first eight matches of a season were Everton, with 30, in 1894/95. The closest they came to a breakthrough was Joel Matip's close-range effort that brought a brilliant save from David De Gea. "The teams are starting to form a bond together".

"The last few years have been a bit of a transition (for the English clubs)", said BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand, who lifted the Champions League trophy with United in 2008. Jesus also missed 2 1/2 months during the second half of last season because of a broken bone in his foot.

City used to rely on Aguero for goals, but no more.

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