Twelve video games, eight wins, three attracts, and that defeat to Leicester.
It has been a blended bag for Manchester Metropolis to this point this season, with an unusually excessive variety of accidents stopping Pep Guardiola from managing his squad’s health as a lot as he would have appreciated.
Nonetheless, Metropolis have a 100 per cent report within the cup competitions, and are simply six video games from the Premier League leaders with a sport in hand. In a season the place each aspect has proven they’re able to dropping factors unexpectedly, Metropolis will not be too dissatisfied with the place they stand going into the second worldwide break.
As Guardiola and his squad have an opportunity to get some much-needed relaxation from the hectic Premier League schedule, it gives an opportunity to look again on a breathless begin to the season, the place some gamers have already outperformed preliminary expectations, whereas others shall be hoping to return again after the worldwide break with a degree to show.
Right here we take a look at the winners and losers from the primary two months of the season:
The Frenchman began the season as first alternative at left-back, and seemed to be heading again to his finest with early promise in opposition to Wolves and Bournemouth. However he by no means actually recovered from a catastrophe in opposition to Leicester, and picked up one more damage two video games later. Since then, Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo and Aleks Zinchenko have all put in stable performances at left-back, with Cancelo specifically displaying he could be a greater all-round choice in the issue place. Mendy will discover it onerous to win his place again when he returns.
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The defender has performed effectively when referred to as upon, however is now firmly behind Ruben Dias and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back. If he desires to win his place again, he should put in some above-average performances within the restricted probabilities he does get, if he desires to point out Guardiola he’s able to difficult Dias and Laporte’s already stable partnership.
His return was greater than welcome after the premature damage to Gabriel Jesus, however he may not have thanked Guardiola for 3 begins in per week. That fast turnaround of motion after just a few months out recovering from surgical procedure cannot have been perfect, so it was hardly a shock when he picked up a brand new damage within the first half of the draw at West Ham. His absence left Metropolis with no recognised striker for extra video games, and Aguero shall be hoping he’s managed higher when he’s anticipated to return after the worldwide break.
Manchester Metropolis gamers are actually on worldwide obligation after taking over Liverpool within the greatest match of the season to this point.
The guests went forward early via Mo Salah’s penalty, however Gabriel Jesus’ elegant flip and end introduced Metropolis stage. Kevin De Bruyne’s missed penalty might have given Metropolis the three factors, however the match led to a high-quality 1-1 draw.
Metropolis have a two-week break with a lot of their stars heading off to play for his or her nations – we’ll be conserving tabs on how all of them carry out, and on preparations for his or her subsequent Premier League match at Tottenham.
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Again match, and eventually with a stable, dependable associate alongside him. In Ruben Dias, Laporte lastly has a frontrunner to associate in defence, who enhances his defending completely. In 4 video games collectively, the pair have already saved two clear sheets, conceding simply twice. To not point out, other than a few furry moments within the first half, they managed to maintain Liverpool quiet this weekend. Dias might simply be on this listing himself, however it already seems to be like Laporte who may benefit as a lot as anybody.
Earlier than the tactical battle that was the Liverpool draw, Foden regarded to have cemented his place as Guardiola’s go-to hyperlink between the midfield and assault. If there have been any doubts over his potential to succeed David Silva, then Foden’s performances at the beginning of the marketing campaign put that to relaxation, as he scored and assisted to scrape previous Bournemouth within the Carabao Cup, and later got here off the bench to rescue a degree at West Ham. Guardiola trusts him to be the artistic spark both from a central place or on the wings, and he is displaying he’s greater than able to offering it.
4 objectives and two assists in 10 video games for Torres, who’s not solely given a brand new choice on the wings but in addition proven his potential in assault. When Metropolis paid a ridiculously low £20m for the Spaniard, they could not have imagined him to start out life within the type of a participant value a minimum of double. Torres’ versatility has given Metropolis two issues – the flexibility to relaxation and rotate in Europe, with Torres scoring three objectives in three Champions League appearances. And likewise the flexibility to vary formation inside video games, as Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden are all able to rotating with Torres throughout the entrance line.