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Manchester City Season Review: November

A Look Back At November Sees The Blues Continue The Winning Streak

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Raheem Sterlign Scores City’s winner Against Southampton
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As November started, City were showing the formidable form all through possible yet questioned about delivering. Three big tests now stood in City’s way in the form of Napoli, Arsenal and recent bogey side Leicester, who had thumped the blues twelve months earlier. But with City in such good form, could any of those teams stop them?

1st November 2017 – Napoli 2-4 Manchester City

Almost six years earlier, City went to Napoli looking for a win or a draw that would keep them above their Italian Group A rivals. City lost 2-1, but there was a sense of optimism as the blues entered the Stadio San Paolo.

It looked a familiar story in Europe as Lorenzo Insigne gave the hosts the lead in the 21st minute. But this City side were not ready to bow in Europe just yet and levelled when Nicolas Otamendi headed home Ilkay Gundogan’s cross to make sure the scores were all square at the interval.

After the break, the blues came out fighting and took the lead three minutes into the second half. It was defender John Stones who again got on the scoresheet, with a header that bounced in off the underside of the crossbar. It was Stone’s third goal in the competition, equalling Lionel Messi’s total.

Leroy Sane gave away a penalty on 62 minutes and it was current City target Jorginho who sent Ederson the wrong way to level up once again.

But back came City, and it was a special moment for Sergio Aguero as he finally beat Eric Brooks long standing record as he hit goal 178 for City and gave the blues a 3-2 lead. The blues saw out the closing stages and wrapped up the win two minutes into injury time, Raheem Sterling converting Kevin de Bruyne’s pass.

It was a game that lived up to its billing and saw the blues progress to the knock out stage.

5th November 2017 – Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal

You can always expect fireworks with City, and on Bonfire Night they provided them again, this time at the expense or Arsenal. The blues had won their previous eight league matches by the time Arsenal arrived, and the Gunners went home suitably outclassed by the superior blues.

Kevin de Bruyne gave City the lead in the 19th minute, following a one-two with Fernandinho. Raheem Sterling was then brought down by Nacho Monreal and the resulting penalty was dispatched by the record-breaking Aguero.

Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back for the Gunners on 65 minutes, but nine minutes later, Gabriel Jesus made it 3-1 as he converted David Silva’s cross.

The result, combined with United’s loss at Chelsea, meant City opened up an eight point lead over the Manchester rivals.

Saturday 18th November 2017 – Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City

Last season, Leicester blew City away winning 4-2 in the corresponding fixture, in one of Guardiola’s lowest managerial moments. But City ensured there would be no repeat, although they had to work hard for the victory.

The blues had to wait until the stroke of half time to score, and it was David Silva, who once again was the provider. Sent through by Raheem Sterling, the Spaniard passed to Gabriel Jesus who slotted home from close range.

Four minutes into the second half and Kevin de Bruyne made it 2-0 after Leroy Sane cut back for the Belgian to lash home. It was another deserved three points for City, who maintained their lead at the top of the table. And the way City were dismantling the opposition started to look very ominous for the rest of the league.

21st November 2017 – Manchester City 1-0 Feyenoord

Having already qualified for the knock-out stages, the match wasn’t really one of City’s greatest. After a goalless first half, it took until the 88th minute for the blues to break the deadlock and keep the winning streak going.

And it was Raheem Sterling again, who played a neat one-two with Ilkay Gundogan before finishing past the keeper. It also meant City would finish top of the group and a golden opportunity to win all six matches in the Champions League for the first time.

And it was Raheem Sterling again, who played a neat one-two with Ilkay Gundogan before finishing past the keeper. It also meant City would finish top of the group and a golden opportunity to win all six matches in the Champions League for the first time.

26th November 2017 – Huddersfield Town 1-2 Manchester City

City knew not to underestimate the Terriers. Last month they had outplayed and beaten Manchester United, and City didn’t want to be another statistic on the Huddersfield matchday program.

City went in at the break in unfamiliar territory, being 1-0 down thanks to Nicolas Otamendi’s own goal. The blues had only been behind once all season at half-time, and that was at home to Everton in August. Could Town pull this off?

Well no, they couldn’t. Sergio Aguero’s penalty two minutes into the second half levelled the scores and Raheem Sterling again came up with a late winner just six minutes from time. It was the first time City had come from behind at half time to win a Premier League match since April 1995, and kept the eight point gap between them and United. If this form carried on, then Victory at Old Trafford next month would see the blues equal Arsenal’s fourteen match winning streak from February to August 2002.

29th November 2017 – Manchester City 2-1 Southampton

The matches seemed to be getting more and more difficult for City and the visit of Southampton was no different. Again, the blues failed to score before half time, but took the lead two minutes into the second half.

Kevin de Bruyne’s free kick took a deflection of Virgil can Dijk to put City 1-0 up. That would normally be the catalyst for more goals, but Southampton had other ideas. Oriol Romeu equalised with fifteen minutes to go and the realisation from the fans, who saw the blues frustrated by a stubborn Saints defence, was that City’s marvellous winning run was about to come to an end.

But again it was Raheem Sterling who came up with a winner in the 6th

It was an amazing end to an amazing month, which saw City again win every match and Guardiola named Manager of the Month for the third time in succession.

The blues marched as the fans prepared for 1th December – Derby Day.