The Manchester City fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of their fixture with Leicester City this weekend despite the fact they are missing a handful of key players due to injury.
Pep Guardiola welcomes Claude Puel and his Leicester City side to The Etihad Stadium this weekend for a fixture which will see The Citizens and The Foxes pitted against each other for the third time this season. Guardiola’s side recorded victory on both of the previous two occasions, but one of those victories was via a penalty shoot out in the quarter final of the Carabao Cup in December.
City will be without Benjamin Mendy, Fabian Delph, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane for Leicester’s visit, and their rising injury list has become something of a hot topic in the British media of late.
The topic became a hug talking point after Joe Bennett’s challenge on Sane during City’s FA Cup 4th round tie with Cardiff resulted in a serious ligament injury for the German international, and it’s fair to say Guardiola was absolutely incensed with the challenge and lack of protection from the referee. In light of this injury, City’s manager has lamented the referees failure to stamp down on the dangerous challenges which he believes his players have been subjected to on plenty of occasions this season.
However, Cardiff City’s manager Neil Warnock has stated that City are not completely innocent of poor challenges themselves, and he cited two examples to back up his point.
Neil Warnock: "I wish they would have put a slow still of Kevin De Bruyne's tackle and studs on Jazz Richards. And the bad tackle of Fernandinho when they played West Brom the following week. There were some horrendous tackles and nothing was said about that."
— City Watch (@City_Watch) February 8, 2018
In response to Warnock’s comments, the City fans have taken to Twitter to slate Cardiff’s manager and claim his argument is hypocritical and has no validity in the context of the current debate.
Here’s what the City fans had to say in response to Warnock’s comments…
Warnock is a poor man’s Jose Mourinho
— Kushveer singh (@kushveer141) February 8, 2018
Did any of you get injured? What if your players were pretending to be fouled while injuring our players for the season? You should remain in the championship because that is where you will always belong.
— Muhammad Owais Khan (@owaiskhan75) February 9, 2018
DeBruyne didn’t mean his, and he got the ball
— tomhunt (@Tomb_116) February 8, 2018
Neil warnock trying to take the high road on a matter that hes got no treads to walk on. Disgraceful team disgraceful manager
— Carl (@CJH_07_MCFC) February 8, 2018
The DeBruyne one is not comparable, genuine attempt to win the ball. Bennett admitted he went to take the player, no attempt to play ball
— Ronan (@ronanpatlee) February 8, 2018
— • (@iChrisMcfc) February 8, 2018
Is he STILL trying to deflect attention from the physicality of his own player? Stuck record – move on. Like listening to him now and again but he sometimes really lets himself down – like the comment about what does Pep expect – he’s in England now – stupid comment!!!
— Jill G (@swinny1960) February 8, 2018
Should have gone to specsavers Neil!!
— Robert Ewings (@stucatzo66) February 8, 2018
I thought that's what English football is about. I remember someone said that recently…. Oh wait
— Max (@maxcmic) February 8, 2018