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Bitter and Blue Oct 15, 2017
Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City, Premier League: Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 7-2 Stoke City, Premier League: Tactical Analysis

The Citizens continued their rampage through the Premier League by completing dismantling Stoke at home. Do you guys smell that? I know I do. That would be the smell of the cream rising to the top, my fellow Manchester City fans. We’re running out of things to say about how great Manchester City are playing here at Bitter and Blue. Last season’s hot start turned into inconsistency that dogged the team throughout the year. This team feels different however, and I get the feeling there won’t a repeat of last year’s dip in form. City obviously won’t be able to score 7 goals a game...
the Guardian Oct 15, 2017

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have found killer touch this season

• Balance the key to unbeaten start, says coach after Stoke rout• ‘This season we feel that, if we arrive, we will score’Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City have found the crucial attacking edge they lacked last season after Stoke City were hammered 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium.The victory made City the Premier League leaders, two points ahead of Manchester United. In the corresponding fixture last season City could only draw 0-0; Saturday’s win took them to 29 league goals this campaign, the most after eight matches since Everton in 1894. Related: Kevin De Bruyne leads the way as...
Caught Offside Oct 15, 2017

(Video) Pep Guardiola receives highest praise from BBC pundit after Man City run riot

Man City were in sensational form on Saturday, blitzing Stoke City to secure an impressive 7-2 win over their rivals at the Etihad. In turn, Pep Guardiola’s side are now two points clear at the top of the Premier League table, scoring 29 goals in their first eight games to secure the best offensive record […] The post (Video) Pep Guardiola receives highest praise from BBC pundit after Man City run riot appeared first on CaughtOffside.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola reveals the key reason behind superb Premier League start

Man City manager Pep Guardiola reveals the key reason behind superb Premier League start

Manchester City manager Pep Gaurdiola has revealed the main reason behind his sides success after 7-2 Stoke City hammering.
Bitter and Blue Oct 14, 2017
Manchester City 7-2 Stoke, Premier League: Man of the Match

Manchester City 7-2 Stoke, Premier League: Man of the Match

Tough to choose just one, but it’s time to vote! Manchester City are still unstoppable in the Premier League and put on a show against Stoke City on Saturday, winning 7-2 in a match that could have easily ended 10-0. Seriously. It was a spectacle, and the whole team put together a truly sensational performance. Instead of giving you our player ratings and Man of the Match, we want to know what you think. Below is a ratings form for you to fill out with how you rate each Manchester City player’s performance. After a day/night of voting, we’ll tabulate the ratings and reveal them with...
Man City provide the antidote to boring Manchester United

Man City provide the antidote to boring Manchester United

Manchester City romped to a 7-2 win over Stoke City with a devastating attacking display.
the Guardian Oct 14, 2017

Kevin De Bruyne leads the way as Manchester City thrash Stoke 7-2

Something fairly amazing happened in the 27th minute of this latest Manchester City goalfest. A slick first-time passing move produced an unanswerable goal for the home side, but a bamboozled Stoke City defence was already wearily familiar with that routine. What made the third goal stand out was that Kevin De Bruyne had no direct involvement in it.The Belgian has been the inspiration behind much of what Manchester City have produced this season, yet here were his fellow forwards pinging the ball about with accuracy and imagination without him. Gabriel Jesus found Leroy Sané on the left, his...
Bitter and Blue Oct 14, 2017
Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Final Score 7-2, Blues back on top with huge home win

Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Final Score 7-2, Blues back on top with huge home win

City dominated the match again, won again, are on top again. Manchester City continue to be on fire in the Premier League, and the Blues reached eight unbeaten matches to start the season thanks to a breathtaking 7-2 win over Stoke City at the Etihad on Saturday. The Blues dominated the game from beginning to end, and they’re now firmly established at the top of the table. This team is amazing. FIRST HALF The first half was completely dominated by the Blues, who pressured Stoke from the first minute and had more than 80% possession for most of the period, and at times they played truly...
Bitter and Blue Oct 14, 2017
CONFIRMED: Manchester City lineup vs. Stoke

CONFIRMED: Manchester City lineup vs. Stoke

Jesus starts! Presenting your @HaysWorldwide City line-up for #cityvstoke! pic.twitter.com/h7sWL17LTY— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 14, 2017 Gabriel Jesus has been named in the Manchester City starting lineup for today’s Premier League match against Stoke City. The Brazilian starts up top in what looks like a 4-3-3 formation. Pep Guardiola names the same team that beat Chelsea, with Fabian Delph at left-back. Sergio Agüero is on the bench.
Bitter and Blue Oct 14, 2017
Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Match Thread & TV Guide

Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Match Thread & TV Guide

City have a very tough match at home today. Can they win? After what felt like 100 years of international break, Manchester City finally return to action with a Premier League match against Stoke City today, and although this seems like an easy game for the Blues, it promises to be a tough one. Stoke had a very good summer, signing the experienced Darren Fletcher to run things in midfield, two very good young defenders in Kurt Zouma and Kevin Wimmer, and exciting attacking players in Jesé Rodríguez and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Mark Hughes is a good coach, and he loves to face City to try...
Bitter and Blue Oct 14, 2017
Manchester City squad named for Premier League match against Stoke

Manchester City squad named for Premier League match against Stoke

The full list of available players for Saturday’s match The next Manchester City match is upon us! The Blues welcome Stoke City to the Etihad for a big Premier League game, and Pep Guardiola has a big squad to choose from this Saturday. This is the full list of players available for selection (only 18 will be in uniform): Goalkeepers: 1. Claudio Bravo, 31. Éderson Moraes Defenders: 2. Kyle Walker, 3. Danilo Luiz, 5. John Stones, 15. Eliaquim Mangala, 24. Tosin Adarabioyo, 30. Nicolas Otamendi Midfielders: 8. Ilkay Gundogan, 17. Kevin De Bruyne, 18. Fabian Delph, 19. Leroy Sané, 20....
Bitter and Blue Oct 13, 2017
Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Predicted Lineups

Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Predicted Lineups

Who starts on Saturday? After two grueling weeks of international football, Manchester City are finally back in action with a home Premier League match against Stoke City, and this could be a big opportunity for the Blues to establish themselves as the Premier League leaders. But facing Stoke is no easy task: the Potters already beat Arsenal and took points from Manchester United this season, and Mark Hughes always loves to face City at the Etihad and try to prove a point. This will be a tough match, and here are the two teams we’re likely to see starting on Saturday: MANCHESTER...
Bitter and Blue Oct 13, 2017
Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Bitter and Blue Community Lineup

Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Bitter and Blue Community Lineup

Your votes are in! As we do before every match here at Bitter and Blue, we give the fans an opportunity to participate in a contest and choose their lineup for the next Manchester City match. We’ve done the same for this Saturday’s Premier League match against Stoke City at the Etihad, and you want the team that dominated Chelsea two weeks ago. With a Champions League game against Napoli coming up on Tuesday, there’s a chance Pep Guardiola rotates his squad a little bit, but we never really know what’s on Pep’s mind from game to game. According to your votes Pep shouldn’t take...
the Guardian Oct 13, 2017

Manchester City v Stoke City: match preview

Manchester City resume with Sergio Agüero back in contention following the rib injury suffered in a car accident. Factor in how Pep Guardiola’s side beat Chelsea without the striker and they could not be rolling any smoother. A caveat can always be found though: in last season’s corresponding fixture Stoke achieved a creditable 0-0 draw so Mark Hughes knows how to gain a result at the Etihad. Jamie JacksonKick-off Saturday 3pm
Bitter and Blue Oct 13, 2017
Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Players to Watch

Manchester City vs. Stoke, Premier League: Players to Watch

Four players to keep an eye on this weekend. Manchester City are back in Premier League action this Saturday with a home game against Stoke City at the Etihad. The Blues lead the league thanks to a superior goal differential over Manchester United, and beating the Potters will help strengthen City’s position at the top of the table. Stoke have some good players and Mark Hughes always comes to the Etihad looking to prove a point against the club that sacked him back in 2009 to bring in Roberto Mancini, so this promises to be a tough one for the Blues. Let’s take a look at a few players...
What TV channel is Manchester City vs Stoke City on? Kick-off time, team news, odds and predictions

What TV channel is Manchester City vs Stoke City on? Kick-off time, team news, odds and predictions

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Bitter and Blue Oct 12, 2017
How should Manchester City line up on Saturday’s Premier League match against Stoke?

How should Manchester City line up on Saturday’s Premier League match against Stoke?

We want you to choose the lineup! The international break is finally over, and Manchester City return to Premier League action on Saturday against Stoke City at the Etihad. The league leaders dominated Chelsea before the international break, and this looks like a pretty good month for the Blues. Apart from two tough, crucial Champions League games against Napoli, City have a few manageable games in the league, and Pep Guardiola will have a chance to rotate his squad for the real big matches in Europe against the toughest opponent in the group. Ahead of the game against Stoke, the good news...
the Guardian Oct 11, 2017

Sergio Agüero targets early Manchester City return after car crash

• Rib injury suffered in Amsterdam car crash on 28 September• Striker now in training and Pep Guardiola hopes he can face StokeSergio Agüero is hopeful of being available for Manchester City’s home game with Stoke City on Saturday in what would be a surprise early return from the rib injury the striker suffered in a car crash less than two weeks ago.Agüero broke a rib in Amsterdam when the vehicle taking him to the airport after a pop concert crashed into a pole on 28 September, two days before City won 1-0 at Chelsea in their final match before the international break. The...
Morata’s sensational solo effort against Stoke City nominated for Goal of the Month

Morata’s sensational solo effort against Stoke City nominated for Goal of the Month

For the second month running, a Chelsea player’s goal has been nominated for Premier League Goal of the Month. But while Marcos Alonso did not win for his free-kick against Spurs — the award deservedly went to Charlie Daniels — Álvaro Morata possibly has a better chance this month, though he’s up against strong competition including Kevin De Bruyne’s winner last weekend for Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. If you need a reminder of Morata’s goal and just how special it was in terms of the pace, strength, and technique required, here’s Thierry Henry to overanalyze it in...

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  • Manchester City's Leroy Sane celebrates scoring his side's sixth goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (Mike Egerton/
  • Manchester City's Leroy Sane celebrates scoring his side's sixth goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Stoke City at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (Mike Egerton/
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