MANCHESTER City is determined to close the half of the season perfectly before the World Cup break against Brentford at the Emirates Stadium, Saturday (12/11) evening WIB. The Citizens–Man City’s nickname– continue to stick to Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings with 32 points.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola said the Gunners–Arsenal’s nickname– did outperform his team, but Pep was quite satisfied with their current position.
Man City have won seven of the last eight matches, but they are still two points behind leaders Arsenal. The Citizens must beat Brentford and hope that the Gunners will lose points when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers headquarters, Sunday (13/11) in the morning WIB.
After winning 2-1 against Fulham last weekend, The Citizens continued their positive trend with a 2-0 victory against Chelsea in the third round of the League Cup last Thursday (10/11).
“We can be top in the league but Arsenal are amazing. We are really good but the other teams are better. But the main target this period is to qualify for the Champions League and not go far (points) from the top of the table,” said Guardiola.
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Man City have really enjoyed playing at home in recent months. They have compiled an impressive 16 wins at the Etihad in all competitions since April scoring 61 goals.
Pep Guardiola is clearly still relying on Erling Haaland’s sharpness to beat Brentford. The Norwegian striker has scored 18 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank said that Erling Haaland was a key player for The Citizens. He is aware of who the opponent is and the team’s strength map that will be faced.
“Is it going to be difficult? It’s going to be very difficult. They have an almost complete squad and adding Haaland is going to destroy goalscoring records for years to come. A lot has been said about him, he is a machine,” said Frank.
Brentford have slipped to 11th place in the Premier League table with just three wins after 14 matches. Coming to the World Cup break it will be a tough challenge against the reigning Premier League champions.
The Bees–Brentford’s nickname– had no more than 24% possession of the ball from their two meetings with Man City last season. However, Frank will be looking to claim their first away win against the Citizens since a 2-0 victory in 1937. (Mal/Sportsmole/OL-4)