I don’t think this will happen personally, but why are people talking about it now? WE ARE IN NOVEMBER! That’s right November. I honestly can’t believe stuff like this comes up already at this stage of the season. I’ve even heard certain conversations in the media comparing the current City players to the famous Arsenal Invincibles.
City’s run could actually come to an end this weekend because after fifteen games together, including fourteen wins their central partnership at the back is to come to an end. That’s right, Stones and Otamendi have been ever-present together recently, so maybe the teams undefeated run could come to end just as the two of them playing together does too. The Argentine Otamendi was booked for a fifth time this season against Arsenal on Sunday just gone, which means he will now be missing for the trip to Leicester in two days time.
Could this weekend also be the return of Vincent Kompany? Man City fans must hope so. He’s been out injured for close to two months now, but by all accounts he’s trained well all week and is just about ready to go. If the Belgium international does come back in then he’s certainly a top replacement, even after all his injuries in recent times.
City’s defeat at the hands of the East Midlands team around December time last year came at a surprise. The at the time current Champions were actually on a dreadful run of form but they still turned City over with four goals. Could this weekend be a repeat of that?
Eliaquim Mangala was out on loan at Valencia at the time of that game last season, he has since been brought back and has been on the bench for most of this season, could he be Otamendi’s replacement? He probably feels he should now get his chance. I’m not so sure though. I think Pep will bring club captain Kompany straight back in if fully fit. It might not be the right think to do for Mangala as a player, but for the team as a whole I think it’s the correct decision.
It’s a tricky one for sure, but with the current International break taking place and players being away etc. Pep will not have had too much time to work with certain players and get another solution sorted. We shall see though. As for Manchester City’s undefeated run, I think that will continue this weekend but as for an invincible Premier League season? No, not for me. A defeat will come, I’m sure of that.
City will of course not want it to end against their rivals United in the 175th Manchester derby on 10th December. Not that I can see that happening either with the way both teams are currently playing.