Scouting report: Manchester City

We've taken a closer look at our weekend opponents, ahead of our trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday...


Pep Guardiola. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is in his second full season in charge at the Etihad Stadium, having arrived in 2016. The Spaniard brought his first trophy to Manchester last month, as City defeated Arsenal in the Carabao Cup, and they currently sit 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League. Guardiola has lifted the Champions League on two separate occasions with Barcelona and led Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title in each of his three years in Germany. 


Key player 

David Silva. Whilst Sergio Aguero claims many plaudits for his performances for City, David Silva is the man that makes them tick. The Spanish international, who often wears the armband for Guardiola’s side, collects the ball deep in midfield and starts the majority of City’s attack. Has an eye for a key pass and has chips in with goals too, netting in his past two games for the Citizens.


Recent form

City head into this game on the back of successive 3-0 victories over Arsenal, the first helping them lift the Carabao Cup and the latter coming last night as they took all three points at the Emirates. They were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Wigan, however, but did defeat Leicester 5-1 in their last home game. A Kevin De Bruyne strike ensured they took all three points at the Bridge earlier this campaign.  


One to watch 

Leroy Sane. The midfielder has done remarkably well to recover from a serious injury to be back playing for City, contributing goals and assists for Pep Guardiola’s side. Sane set up Bernardo Silva for the opening goal at the Emirates last night, before adding one for himself in the 3-0 victory. The German international arrived at City from Schalke in 2016 and has a Carabao Cup to his name so far.


Worn both badges

Kevin De Bruyne. The midfielder spent two years with us after joining from Genk in 2012 but spent the majority of his time away from Stamford Bridge on loan with Werder Bremen, before he joined Wolfsburg on a permanent deal. After impressing in Germany, De Bruyne returned to the Premier League with Manchester City and has established himself as a key part of their side.