The game at Stamford Bridge was an instant classic as both sides went at each other from kick-off. It was however a game Pep Guardiola’s side have preferred not to play. On the way to last season’s treble success, the European champions had evolved into controlling games. The starting lineup against Chelsea did tend to lend itself to less control from City and the game played out accordingly. Manuel Akanji mentioned post-game that City failed to control the game for long enough post-game. It was a throwback to famous Manchester City UEFA Champions League ties of years gone by but not something Pep Guardiola likes to see.
Steven and Ahsan also look at whether Manchester City will go on their annual New Year charge. Traditionally the champions start seasons slowly and come home with a wet sail. This season sees City sit top of the league after 12 games. It’s an unusual position for the European champions based on last season’s start. Last campaign the champions were 5 points off top spot after 12 games. This time City have a one-point lead at the top of the table.
Phil Foden’s development this season has been another positive for City. The City academy graduate has gone up another level this season. He put in another fantastic performance against Chelsea which followed on from his strong past month. Foden is quickly becoming the player he was destined to be for Pep Guardiola’s side this season.
Hear Steven Mcinerney and Ahsan Naeem talk about all of this, will City be active in the January transfer window and more in the video below.