While there are still enough Premier League games and points to play for in the race for a top four finish at the end of the season, you would have to say that Manchester City are now looking almost certain to be one of the teams to get there and earn a place among Europe’s elite in the Champions League next season.
As well as being the battle between two football teams full of quality and expensively arrayed players, the Premier League clash between Man City and Chelsea has been billed as a test of the tactical nous of two of the best managers in the game today.
Even though Pep Guardiola and the Manchester City players will be well aware that they need a minor miracle to be able to pip La Liga giants Barcelona to the top spot in our Champions League group, we still cannot take thwe foot off the gas in tonight’s European tie away to Borussia Monchengladbach as it could even cost us a place in the next round.
Even though it may look like Manchester City should get a banker win away to Crystal Palace today, with the form showing that the home side are on a terrible run and have not won in six games since their defeat of Sunderland, I do not think we should jump the gun here.
The Manchester City and Belgium international star has certainly had more than his fair share of injury problems in his playing career, and the last time he started a game for us he had to be replaced by Pep Guardiola quite early on as his match fitness was not there yet.
The question of whether football agents are good or bad for the game is a hot topic and I think most clubs including Manchester City would rather not have to deal with them but have to accept them as a part of the modern game. Whatever you think of them, however, the one thing we should be able to agree on is that they work in the interests of their clients.
We knew that the recent winless run for Manchester City would not last, even though iot was a bit of a worry that with all the talent available to him this was the longest spell without a win in the managerial career of Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City may have had a bit of a tough time lately, with his first two defeats since taking over coming against Tottenham and Barcelona in a short space of time. Even with those, however, and with a few draws thrown in, we are still sitting on top of the Premier League table and how Man United fans and Jose Mourinho must wish they were in our place.
It has been a brilliant start to the new era under Pep Guardiola but Manchester City must not take the foot off the gas and relax, especially now that some of our big Premier League rivals are starting to build up a head of steam, with Arsenal and Liverpool in particular starting to look the part.
The Manchester City and Argentina international striker still has two match left of the three match ban handed out for that elbow on West Ham defender Winston Reid, but that does not apply to the Champions League and having a fit and fresh Sergio Aguero to unleash on the German club Borussia Monchengladbach tonight is just what the doctor ordered as City aim to get this UCL campaign up and running with a win.