Arsenal is demoralized, facing uncertainty over Arsene Wenger’s future, and five points behind Liverpool but it does have two games in hand. What time is it on?
The match kicks off at 4.30pm on Sunday.
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Relive the match with our live blog below. City hold the lead but this game could go either way, so, don’t miss any of the action! The striker lost his place after 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus burst into the team with a flurry of goals two months ago.
This DNA will be tested by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in a high-stakes game.
Defender Dejan Lovren is fully fit after playing 75 minutes for the Under-23s on Monday, but Daniel Sturridge (hip) and Jordan Henderson (foot) are both sidelined. Sterling is the second year but the last year he played few times in the Champions League, so it is nearly the first year. Their defence is nearly non-existent at times and that is just the sort of team that we can thrive against. 158 of those 199 wins have come at the Etihad, 41 at Maine Road.
“Monaco are able to score from many different ways”.
That would put a whole generation of players, including Clichy, under threat but there is a feeling now at City that Guardiola has taken these players, many of them bought back between 2010 and 2012, as far as he can. It happens everywhere, not just the Premier League and England. At the start of this season the Premiership clubs, splurged in the transfer market boosted by a record £5.136 billion domestic TV deal.
Asked if Monaco should be fearing sides or they should be fearing Monaco, he was clear.
Monaco versus Manchester City should be an epic Champions League game at the stunning Stade Louis II in Fontvieille.
So what is one to make of a season in which Pep Guardiola’s men are in a scrap just to finish in the top four, and have been knocked out of the Champions League at the first knockout stage?
“I’ve heard about Pep Guardiola’s style and all that stuff but it is real football and it is hard to defend against them and a lot of teams have failed already”.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has scoffed at the ludicrous suggestion that he is going to ship out more than a dozen players in the summer to reshape his squad. “In the good moments and bad moments, especially in the bad moments, I am really impressed”.
City failed to muster any sort of shot in the opening 45 minutes and it took until the 65th minute for Sergio Aguero to force goalkeeper Danijel Subasic into a sharp save.
“Coutinho was one of the driving forces behind that win last season but, since returning in January from the ankle injury that laid him low for six weeks, has been nowhere near his devastating best”, writes Nick Ames, who says the midfielder’s form has been one of the causes of Liverpool’s inconsistency. “We are not used to it yet, so it feels a bit unusual”.