It’s matchday morning! And the Blues are back at a packed Etihad for their first home game against the Canaries. Here’s all the latest before kickoff.
Perhaps to take a little pressure off the negotiations, Pep says he doesn’t need a new striker to make this version of City complete.
Guardiola worked with Lewandowski at Bayern but was keen to play down the chances of a reunion at the Etihad Stadium
“Lewy is such an important player for Bayern Munich and he will stay at Bayern Munich,” Guardiola said. “I am not going to talk to you and your colleagues [in the media] about 11 days left in the transfer market. I don’t know what is going to happen.”
Man City Refuse to Sign Former Man United Forward Amid Ongoing Pursuit of Tottenham Star - Vayam Lahoti - City Xtra
Ronaldo desperately wants to leave Juventus, but it appears that the Etihad is not likely to be his new home ground.
It was reported recently that City had been handed the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus for £25 million, with the Manchester side desperate to land a number nine before the transfer window shuts on August 31.
As reported by Sam Lee of The Athletic, it was proposed by the ex-Real Madrid talisman’s agent Jorge Mendes that City sign Ronaldo instead of Kane this summer, but Guardiola’s side refused to switch their focus to the veteran striker, and are ’determined’ to try and sign Kane by the end of the month.
Man City issue fitness updates on Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne - Simon Bajkowski - Manchester Evening News
Good news on Ilkay. Not so much for KDB.
Kevin De Bruyne is a doubt for Manchester City’s game with Norwich after missing training on Friday.
The Belgian returned back to the squad still carrying an injury from the European Championship, and didn’t manage a full training session with the squad in the two weeks before the season began. Despite that, he came on for the final ten minutes against Tottenham as Pep Guardiola sought for his team to get back into the game.
However, De Bruyne failed to train with the group on the day before the Norwich game to leave him uncertain of a place in the squad on Saturday when the Blues will look to win their first game of the season.
Saul gets you ready for today’s match against Norwich City.
Pep’s City are coming off a loss and looking to avenge that against Norwich, whose record is decent vs City. City had some positives but they need better finishing to make this a great match.
Norwich are fresh off a loss as well and as a recently promoted club will look to steal points here. Farke v Guardiola will be an interesting battle.
Which team will come out in front?
Man City vs Norwich: Premier League preview, team news, stats, prediction, kick-off time - Sky Sports
Some betting advice from Sky Sports, if that’s what you’re into.
Of course, City are the far more likely winners but just considering the negative vibes surrounding their pre-season preparation and inability to test Hugo Lloris with many serious tests last weekend vs Tottenham, I’d steer well clear at those prices at this stage of the season.
Guardiola will be in a result-at-all-costs mood, like he was against many relegation-threatened teams at home last season. In their three fixtures with Fulham, Sheffield United and West Brom at the Etihad Stadium, the aggregate score read just 5-1 in their favour.
City have a striker’s signature. He may only be 18, but his future is bright.
It has been a remarkable two years and, having penned his new deal, the 18-year-old says he is delighted to extend his stay at a club he believes is the ideal place to further his development.
“It’s obviously a massive achievement for me,” he told mancity.com.
“I am so happy. I have been here now for two years and every day I have loved it. I have just loved the place and all the people. I can’t wait to do even more.
“I’ve got everything here. I’ve just fallen into place here and that’s why I’ve committed my future here.
Petec21 gives us the goods on what Liam has done for City so far.
Delap, who was rumoured to be going to Stoke City on loan, scored on his City debut against Bournemouth in the League Cup last season, and made his Premier League debut as a second half substitute in the 5-2 defeat at home to Leicester City.
He went on to star for City’s Elite Development Squad and scored 24 goals in 20 games to help City claim their first Premier League 2 title. Following his exceptional performances, Delap was named the league’s Player of the Season.
Delap Signs On At Manchester City https://t.co/cbIlEMZFwW— Bitter and Blue (@BitterandBlue1) August 20, 2021
I’m off to watch the match. I’ll be tweeting throughout. You can follow me on twitter. @duckman4real. C’mon City!!!