We caught up with Site Expert Nathan Reynolds at Man City Square to discuss Leicester City’s clash with Manchester City on Saturday.
It’s always good to get an outside perspective on what to expect going into a high stakes clash and Leicester City’s match at the King Power against Manchester City is no exception.
We sat down with Man City Square’s Nathan Reynolds to discuss his thoughts going into the weekend.
1) Amongst the Man City fan base, what’s the minimum expectation for the season in both the league and the Champions League?
Minimum expectations for the league has to be Top 4. They cannot miss out on the Champions League. As for this year’s CL, I would say the minimum is the final 8. After that you need a bit of luck on your side however Guardiola’s record in the Champions League speaks for itself which raises expectations even further.
2) Who is adapting the best and who is adapting the worst to Guardiola’s pressing/possession based football?
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City were fortunate enough to have a lot of players who already preferred a possession based, passing offence.De Bruyne and Silva will only continue to thrive in this setup. Silva especially as he has been playing a Pep style possession system during his international ventures with Spain which has seen huge success.
The worst would be all those shipped out in August – Nasri, Mangala, Hart, etc.
3) Who is the most under valued player in the team?
I would say Nolito. Following his move to City he has fallen under the radar but has delivered nicely to help support the attack through so many competitions. Five goals and 17 appearances has been a nice start for him settling into life in England.
4) What do you feel is the reason that Man City struggle so much to keep a clean sheet?
Probably two reasons.
First, Bravo hasn’t played with this backline long enough, the connection will come with time but it is not something that can be rushed.
Second, the defence needs a revamp. With an ageing Zabaleta and Sagna, I believe summer 2017’s top priority needs to be bringing in young right and left fullbacks.
5) Predictions for tomorrow?
Both sides really need a win. Being on the road may actually help take a bit of pressure off Man City. I’m going with 2-1 to Manchester City, with Kelechi getting at least one goal.