Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

Record setters
Another Manchester City game, another record in sight.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already set a new benchmark in English football for the most league wins in a row at the start of a calendar year – currently standing at 11.
And they could reach a new high in all competitions with a Champions League victory over Borussia Monchengladbach, having won their last 11 away games in all competitions. A 12th would see them break the previous record, set by… Guardiola’s City in 2017.
Lack of rest
Yet again this season, City will have to play West Ham on a Saturday lunchtime having played in Europe on Wednesday night.
It is a timescale that even Jurgen Klopp brought up as harsh, and one that Guardiola will have to bear in mind as he continues to plan his assault on the Premier League.
City made five changes for their win over Arsenal on Sunday so have shown that they can make changes to the team and still carry on winning, but West Ham will have to inform the selection in the Champions League.
City had plenty in reserve on the bench at the Emirates and they will be able to name 12 substitutes in this competition and bring five onto the pitch.
That should allow the coach to manage the minutes of his players but also gives an opportunity for a different option should he need it. City trailed for a long period in their knockout game at Schalke a few years ago before Leroy Sane came off the bench to save the day.
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Manchester City consolidated their position at the top of the league with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Is the title all theirs already?
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Champions League specialists
Ilkay Gundogan has for a long time been Guardiola’s go-to in the Champions League. Even when the German midfielder wasn’t featuring in the Premier League, he was almost always picked in the European competition for his skills and experience.
If he is even more important to City now, the same can be said for Phil Foden. The England youngster started off picking up odd appearances in the competition once the Blues had secured qualification but has started playing more and more in recent years and was a key player in the group stage campaign this season.
Away goal advantage
Away goals are still in play despite the fact that the game will be played at a neutral ground, and this throws up an advantage for City.
The Europa League showed this last week, where a Real Sociedad side that had been formidable on their own patch were brushed aside by United in Turin.
With City expecting the second leg to be played at the Etihad, any advantage they can bring home from Hungary should make the reverse fixture significantly easier.
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