Manchester City supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side extend their winning run in the Premier League to a record 15 matches courtesy of a 4-0 thumping of struggling Swansea City on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their clash in South Wales off the back of beating neighbours and nearest challengers Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford, and thus opening up an 11-point lead at the summit of the Premier League. And they maintained that lead by winning for a record-breaking 15th time in succession against Paul Clement’s Swans on Wednesday night, with a brace from David Silva as well as goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero sealing a comprehensive victory for the league leaders.
Consequently, there have been many buoyant City fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are likely to be intrigued and perhaps slightly concerned by recent comments from manager Guardiola in his pre-Tottenham press conference on Friday.
And that’s because the City chief has suggested that centre-back Vincent Kompany is likely to miss the visit of Mauricio Pochettino’s side on Saturday.
The Belgium international has been blighted by injuries in the last few years to the point that he has not made over 30 Premier League appearances in a single season since their first title-winning campaign of 2011/12.
And after missing the midweek trip to Swansea, concerns were raised among our resident Citizens supporters, and they appear to be right as Guardiola has all but ruled him out of Saturday’s game, saying: ‘He is much better. He has a little problem.
‘I don’t know if tomorrow he will be fit but hopefully in the next days he will be ready.’
And these comments are sure to worry several City fans up and down the country, in what looks set to be a huge blow to Guardiola ahead of the visit of Pochettino’s fourth place Tottenham on Saturday.
Landlord’s verdict: Vincent Kompany’s recent career has been plagued by injury troubles, and he didn’t even start this term injury-free due to a calf problem.
However, four Premier League starts in five games suggested that he was beginning to get back to fitness, only for another problem to head his way in recent times, which ruled him out of Wednesday’s clash with Swansea, and looks set to rule him out of Saturday’s visit of Tottenham.
And with manager Pep Guardiola struggling already in the defensive ranks, this is sure to come as a big blow to the City chief against a side he has yet to beat since arriving in England.
Man City fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!
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