The Manchester City fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after watching their side suffer a hat-trick of defeats for the very first time this season.
The fact that City have lost their last three games is a disappointment in itself, but the fact those results cost them both the opportunity to lift the Premier League title against Manchester United and a place in the semi-final of the Champions League have served to frustrate the resident Citizens propping up our bar. However, the supporters cannot feel overly downbeat about their recent woes, as they are agonisingly close to securing their third Premier League title in the space of just 6 years.
Pep Guardiola takes his side to Wembley tomorrow afternoon with every hope of getting their title-bid back on track against Tottenham Hotspur. City will certainly have their work cut out against a side who have not tasted defeat in the Premier League since they lost 4-1 against their upcoming opponents at the Etihad Stadium back in December.
Football rarely goes according to the form guide, but based on the events that have unfolded in the past fortnight, it’s fair to say that Spurs will fancy their chances of coming away with all three-points tomorrow. If City wish to return to the North-West needing just 1 more victory to clinch the Premier League title, Guardiola will need to start Vincent Kompany (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) at centre-back to restore solidity into his defensive unit.
Guardiola opted to play three defenders at the back against Liverpool in a bid to overturn their 3-0 deficit from the first-leg. Kompany was not included in that line-up as the attacking influence of the classy Aymeric Laporte and the electric pace of Kyle Walker were favoured over City’s Belgian skipper.
However, Guardiola simply must restore Kompany to his starting line-up today to ensure his defence is sturdy and well-organised against a team who possess attacking quality in abundance. Kompany has taken plenty of criticism in recent years for his inability to stay fit and his dip in form as a consequence of his stop-start career.
But Kompany’s form has improved considerably in 2018 and, if he continues to perform in the same vein he will certainly have a key role to play at the club next season.
With the likes of Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen to deal with, City will need their best defensive players on the pitch to record victory tomorrow, so Guardiola has to restore Kompany to his starting eleven to give himself the best possible chance of claiming a massive three-points.
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