Well, Tuesday was a shock wasn’t it? Tottenham Hotspur showed the world of football that Manchester City are human after all, becoming only the fifth club to beat the Citizens in all competitions this season. The match clearly opened Pep Guardiola’s eyes and brought the club right back down to earth.
With an important Premier League game later today against another one of the clubs to take all three points from City. Guardiola will be sure to fix where he went wrong during midweek and ensure his side take what will be crucial points from Selhurst Park.
Here we are going to take a look at a couple of changes Guardiola should look to make in order to keep Manchester City’s Premier League title hopes alive.
Drop Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez has been tussling for his starting place within the City squad since he joined from Leicester in July, and after the midweek calamity in the Champions League, it looks as though he will continue to battle it out right up to the end of the season.
Having joined with so much expectation stuck to his name, it’s safe to say that the Algerian winger has had a fairly average start to his life in Manchester, shining in certain performances, but in the next being an average joe.
The 28-year-old will be well aware that he needs to begin picking up some consistency before his career takes a U-turn and he can’t get into the squad at all.
Start Leroy Sane
Being one of the shock exclusions from the starting line-up midweek, Sane will have it all to prove against Crystal Palace. Similar to Mahrez the German hasn’t hit the heights of his previous season at the Etihad, however he has proven on more than one occasion this season that he has every right to be in the starting line up week in week out.
Bagging himself nine goals and 10 assists in the Premier League this year, the 23-year-old, who is valued at £90 million (by Transfermarkt), has proven that even when fighting for his place, he will create and finish chances whenever they arrive in a game.