Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Swansea City

Manchester City travel to Swansea City on Wednesday night as they look to set a new Premier League record for consecutive victories.

Sunday’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday was their 14th in a row, tying them with the Arsenal side of 2002.

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Swansea are not having the best of seasons but they did beat West Brom on home soil at the weekend, and City will be without two first-choice centre-backs.


MAN CITY INJURIES


Vincent Kompany was taken off at half-time of Sunday’s derby and will miss the game at the Liberty Stadium.

John Stones is nearing a return to action but is still likely to miss the next couple of weeks, while Benjamin Mendy is out until the spring with a knee injury.

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MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS


Neither side have any suspensions to contend with, although bookings for Fernandinho or Leroy Sane would rule them out of Saturday’s game against Tottenham.


MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Pep Guardiola may make a couple of changes ahead of the Spurs game. Danilo could come in either at right-back or left-back if Kyle Walker or Fabian Delph need a rest, while there is a chance that Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva could come into the team, perhaps for Sane and Fernandinho, who are on four yellow cards.

Guardiola has only rested Fernandinho for Carabao Cup games, however, and had only used Yaya Toure in the deep-lying role up until Ilkay Gundogan replaced Kompany at Old Trafford, with Fernandinho briefly moving to centre-back.

Sergio Aguero could start after missing the derby and only coming on as a late substitute against Shakhtar Donetsk last week. 

However, Guardiola will not want to take any chances having just opened up an 11-point lead over second-placed Manchester United, and will pick a strong squad.

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SWANSEA CITY TEAM NEWS


Wayne Routledge is Swansea’s only injury doubt for the game on Wednesday, according to Swans boss Paul Clement. Kyle Bartley is back in training following a long-term knee injury but will not face City.

Federico Fernandez is also in contention following some time away from the squad.

Wilfried Bony has scored in his last two Premier League games could make it three in a row against his former club. 

“Step by step he is getting fitter and sharper and the goals are starting to come,” Clement said of the Ivorian striker. “It was a fantastic finish at Stoke, a top-class goal, and what a big moment on Saturday [against West Brom]. The pressure on us, it was absolutely clinical.

“I asked if he wanted a rest, and you can imagine the reaction that I got. Similar to when we played Stoke, he wants to do well. I always talk to players who have been at clubs about different things, and I have done with Wilfried. But it is clear how they play.

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“[His motivation is] 11 out of 10, it is high. I think he feels he is part of his career where he did so well here and went there and did not get to the level he wanted. He has a point to prove to lots of people.”


OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Swansea City have won just one of their last 15 games in all competitions against Man City (D2 L12), beating them 1-0 in March 2012.
  • Manchester City have won 75% of their Premier League games against Swansea (9/12), their best win rate against a specific opponent they’ve faced more than five times in the competition.
  • Manchester City have won their last 14 Premier League games in a row. This is the English top-flight record within a single season.
  • Manchester City’s next aim is to win their 15 th successive top-flight league game in a row, which would be the most ever in England, beating Arsenal’s 14-game run between February and August 2002.
     
  • Manchester City have won 46 points after 16 games this season – that points tally would have been enough to secure 8th position in the Premier League at the end of 2016-17.
     
  • Kevin De Bruyne has assisted 17 goals in the Premier League in 2017 – the only players with more within a single Premier League calendar year are Mesut Ozil (20 in 2015) and Thierry Henry (19 in 2003).

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Kick off is 19:45 GMT on Wednesday, December 13, though the game will not be shown live on television in the United Kingdom.

In the US, Man City vs Swansea can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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The bad blood is back! Mourinho and Guardiola blame each other for derby row

Jose Mourinho was late for his Manchester United press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Nothing out of the ordinary there, you might think, but as one journalist at Carrington put it: “The cynical might suggest he’s waiting to see what Pep Guardiola, whose press conference is under way, says first on the Old Trafford tunnel bust-up.” 

With Mourinho, you can never be too cynical. By the time he took his seat, his Manchester City counterpart had indeed given his thoughts on the tunnel row which has overshadowed Sunday’s Manchester derby. It afforded him the chance to weigh up his response and fire back, and he did so.

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Guardiola, himself no slouch in the press conference stakes, kicked things off; he may not have shed any light on who threw the punches and the bottles, but he did give the distinct impression that United were the instigators.

Granted, it requires a little reading between the lines, but just as Mourinho’s previous behaviour suggests he probably did delay his entrance so he was well positioned to strike back, it is fair to say Guardiola is a seasoned pro at pointed, but unspoken, messages.

The Catalan said on several occasions on Tuesday that his team did nothing wrong. He admitted he encourages his players to celebrate big victories, like Sunday’s, but stressed that doing so “inside the dressing room” is fine. He seemed to make a particular point of using the word “inside”.

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The available information indicates it was Mourinho who entered the City dressing room. Guardiola’s implication is that somebody from United would have had to go in for the row to have happened, that United would have had to take exception to City’s normal celebrations, and that they would have had to go out of their way to make their feelings known. 

Guardiola said clearly that his players were not to blame – “No,” he replied when asked if his players over-stepped the mark. “Definitely not. Believe me. Definitely not,” – and without saying so he gave the impression that United are sore losers, although he was careful to avoid that exact phrase.

Word travels quickly these days, so Mourinho, and everybody else at Carrington, knew exactly what Guardiola’s side of the story was.

“He says, he says,” Mourinho snapped back. “I’m not here to comment on his words, the only thing I can say is that for me it was just a question of diversity, diversity in behaviours, diversity in education, just that and nothing more than that.”

Mourinho, like Guardiola, said a lot by saying very little, and he put the ball back in his rival’s court. Like Guardiola he did not accept the blame, and like Guardiola he suggested the other party were at fault.

But true to form his hints were also somewhat darker than Guardiola’s. The Catalan suggested City did nothing wrong by celebrating, and that he encourages them to do so, but Mourinho says that while the Catalan sees nothing wrong with that, plenty of others do; it is not just City’s fault, but Guardiola’s. 

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Mourinho does not make it clear whether he embraces that difference in behaviour and education, and he does not make it clear whether he believes Guardiola behaves better or is better educated than himself. But you would not imagine so.

Mourinho has raised the spectre of Mauricio Pochettino’s comments from earlier this season, when the Spurs boss said Guardiola “struggles to be a gentleman” when he wins.

Guardiola insists his Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City teams have always celebrated like this; Mourinho and Pochettino say those celebrations are out of order.

After 18 months of working in the same city, the Guardiola-Mourinho rivalry has finally sparked into life. There will be plenty of headlines to come of it as the Football Association continue their investigation into Sunday’s events.

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Yet it should not be forgotten that this is very much a side battle. Indeed it is a battle that is not entirely relevant to the outcome of the war.

Whatever punishments are meted out, Mourinho is in the weaker position. Whether City are bad winners or United are sore losers, the fact is that Guardiola’s men are 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Both men will have to focus on that sooner or later.

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Guardiola defends Man City players over Old Trafford bust-up

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City did nothing to provoke the tunnel bust-up following Sunday’s game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

A number of players, coaches and other members of staff from both teams were involved in heated exchanges following City’s 2-1 victory, which put them 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

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Goal understands United boss Jose Mourinho took exception to City’s dressing room celebrations, while Red Devils forward Romelu Lukaku, coach Silvino Louro and City players Fernandinho, Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi were also involved in clashes which left Blues coach Mikel Arteta and a physio nursing facial cuts.

Guardiola did not want to shed any further specific details on the row, but he was keen to point out that his side celebrated as teams around the world celebrate big victories, and was especially insistent that his players kept those celebrations inside the dressing room.

“No,” he said when asked if his players over-stepped the mark after the match. “Definitely not. Believe me. Definitely not. It was the same after the [last winner against] Southampton, that was 96 minutes or something like that, but we were happy.

“It was a derby, it was the closest rival. When United win they celebrate, when Arsenal win against United they celebrate, when Arsenal win the FA Cup last season they celebrate, but where? Inside the dressing room.

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“We try to celebrate, because when we lose we try to accept the defeat, but when we win we celebrate. We celebrate in the right moments, for example we celebrated in Napoli when we qualified for the last-16 of the Champions League, you have to do that, but inside. I am the guy who encouraged them to do that, but inside, and after that what happened, happened, hopefully it will not happen again.”

When pressed further on his players’ reactions, he replied: “It was correct, believe me. We jumped, because we were happy. People have to understand that we were happy. I think all the teams around the world when they win a derby they are so happy. When we won with Bayern [Munich] we were happy, when we won important games with Barcelona we celebrated. We didn’t do anything exceptional. We always have respect for our opponents.”

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Mourinho soaked & Arteta cut as players clash in Old Trafford tunnel after Manchester derby

Manchester United and Manchester City players and staff were involved in a heated altercation in the Old Trafford tunnel which left Jose Mourinho covered in water and Mikel Arteta nursing a cut eyebrow, Goal understands.

City’s players were celebrating their 2-1 victory at the home of their rivals when Mourinho, on his way to a post-match press conference, entered the visiting dressing room.

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It is believed that the City players were playing music, cheering and singing after goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi put them 11 points clear at the top of the table.

Sources indicate Mourinho took exception, believing the celebrations to be a lack of respect, and told Pep Guardiola’s men to calm down with a comment in Portuguese that sparked an ugly reaction.

Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson is said to have confronted Mourinho, which led to a number of players and members of staff from both teams spilling out of their respective dressing rooms and into the tunnel, where they pushed and shoved each other.

United first-team coach Silvino Louro is believed to have been in the thick of the action, along with a handful of players from both sides, coaches and masseurs. Goal has learned that City coach Arteta received a cut eyebrow in the ruckus, while United striker Romelu Lukaku is believed to have been heavily involved.

Witnesses claim a number of bottles were thrown, with Mourinho left covered in water after the melee. 

Footage of the incident would have been captured by the Amazon Prime camera crew who have been filming a behind-the-scenes documentary of City’s season at each game this season.

However, United denied the film-makers access to the dressing room and tunnel area in the build-up to the game, despite conversations between Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, and Ferran Soriano, City’s CEO, in a bid to resolve the row.

The Amazon team have already recorded footage of City’s raucous celebrations following their victory at Stamford Bridge in September.

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Blues players were also said to have been singing and dancing following their 1-0 victory in London.

That did not lead to any ugly scenes, but there was a tunnel row at Stamford Bridge following City’s 2-1 defeat in April.

Guardiola, who is not thought to have been involved on Sunday, was one of the chief protagonists on that occasion, confronting a number of Chelsea players after coaches from both sides had initially sparked a bust-up.

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Manchester City must be wary of Manchester United’s ‘dangerous’ approach, says Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure has warned his Manchester City teammates to anticipate a more dangerous counter-attacking Manchester United side in Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford.

City saw their 21-match unbeaten run halted on Wednesday night following their 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in their Uefa Champions League final group game.

And the former Cote d’Ivoire international told his side to be wary of their neighbours who would leave no stone unturned in their quest to secure victory 

“This year I think when you see United, they are going to be worried about us,” Toure told Manchester Evening .

“That’s going to make them very dangerous on the counter-attack and we have to be ready for that.

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“Otherwise we will see the game they played against Arsenal a few days ago, so we have to be careful.

“We don’t want to lose. We have to keep this kind of gap on United because now when I see United playing games against big teams, they always wait for a mistake to hit them on the counter-attack.

“I think with players like Lukaku, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovich and [Jesse] Lingard is playing well, [Marcus] Rashford and Martial, they’re very fast to be honest,” he continued.

“We need to have a big performance on Sunday. It’s going to be difficult because the way you saw Shakhtar play is the way United will play – counter-attack, counter-attack.

“Very fast and very strong. We have to be careful and, of course, we are going to train hard and try to be ready.

“I think it’s going to be a tough game – a derby is a derby.

“I don’t have to explain about a derby.

“The team is going to be hungry – it’s about who wants it more.

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“United are in a good moment as well,” he concluded.

Toure who was on parade in Wednesday’s Champions League loss is likely to watch from the sidelines as he has been afforded only two English top-flight games and is down the pecking order in Manchester City’s midfield.

The Citizens will be looking to open a possible 11-point lead over Jose Mourinho’s side.

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