26 Dec 2018 22:34:52
Question for Ed001 about our competition if not our actual team!
You've maintained that to beat a Pep Guardiola team to a league title the first thing to do is to keep paceel for the first half of the season as they have a tendency to slip up every now and again in the latter stages. Do you still think this is true as they don't have anything to be complacent about heading into the new year potentially in 3rd (and guaranteed no higher than 2nd)? I was also wondering if this recent bad patch (if two games can really constitute a patch) may be down to Pep trying to preserve fitness levels so that such a second-half slump doesn't happen this season (in a similar way to Klopp only now starting to allow the Gergenpress to come back into play)? Would be interested in your (and anyone else's) thoughts but know you're very busy at the moment so no pressure!

{Ed001's Note - they have been fading early this season, that is all. I am sure they will rally later, but right now they are in their slump. They have been playing poorly for a few weeks now and it has finally caught them out. They could only ride their luck for so long. We just need to get a buffer over them while they are struggling as I am sure they will play better. Pep doesn't drop intensity at any point, which is why they have a tendency to fade, as it becomes too much for the players. He is constantly looking over their shoulder pointing out what they are doing wrong. He micromanages them and it becomes tiresome. No one likes someone constantly niggling at everything they do.}

1.) 27 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018 06:25:16
Its also down to other teams seeing sense and recognising that City can be beaten if u have a go at them. Teams will no longer sit back and allow them to dictate play. Their defense is average imo and crumbles anytime oppositions take the game to them. Not to mention their slump coincides with David Silva's injury layoff. City have a big battle replacing him in the coming seasons. He has been their best player since the Sheikh's takeover, and probably in their entire history.

2.) 27 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018 09:04:24
Hi eds1
TH are second at the min and look brilliant. Do you think moving to there new stadium half way through there season will put them off are help them on?

{Ed001's Note - what makes you think they will move?}

3.) 27 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018 09:15:00
Ohh right
I thought they would be moving in January sometime from what I’d read.

{Ed002's Note - February will likely see the first game there. But it is a really impressive stadium.}

4.) 27 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018 10:46:55
City don’t look the same with Fernandinho out. It’s also good to see teams now just park the bus. Leicester are a good counter attacking team admittedly, but it shows when you have a go, you can get at them.