Benjamin Mendy

How Manchester City could line up vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for Saturday’s crucial Premier League showdown with their European conquerors Tottenham Hotspur. Just three days after playing out a Champions League classic with Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City face the same opposition again in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime. The match provides a quick opportunity for City to exact revenge having seen their quadruple hopes ended by their quarter-final exit, despite winning a seven-goal thriller 4-3 on the night. The decisive element of VAR will not be in use in the Premier League, of course, while this weekend the same scoreline would suit City much better and send them back to the top of the table until at least Sunday. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Pep Guardiola could set his sid...

Result: Tottenham Hotspur through to semi-finals despite second-leg defeat

Tottenham Hotspur book their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League despite losing 4-3 to Manchester City in the second leg of their quarter-final. Tottenham Hotspur booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League despite losing 4-3 to Manchester City in the second leg of their quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium. Tottenham entered the match with a 1-0 advantage from the first leg last week, but a quite stunning match saw City score four on the night. Pep Guardiola‘s side thought that they had netted a decisive fifth in stoppage time when Raheem Sterling finished from inside the box, but the goal was disallowed following a VAR review, allowing Tottenham to advance to the semi-finals on the away-goals rule. Spurs take on Dutch giants Ajax, who have eliminated bot...

Combined XI: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Sports Mole selects its strongest combined XI from the squads of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur ahead of Wednesday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium. The second of three matches between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the space of 11 days takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening as the sides face off for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Tottenham won last week’s quarter-final first leg 1-0 in North London and are now within 90 minutes of creating some personal history. City, who also welcome Spurs to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday, are 18 points better off than their opponents in the Premier League and had won three in a row against the Lilywhites prior to last Tuesday’s meeting. Ahead of this latest tussle betwe...

Preview: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Man City and Tottenham Manchester City must overturn a first-leg deficit on home soil against Premier League opposition for the second season running in the Champions League quarter-finals as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Etihad Stadium. Son Heung-min scored the only goal of the game in last week’s clash in North London, after Sergio Aguero missed an early pen, to give Spurs a 1-0 advantage. Manchester City © Reuters Pep Guardiola surprised many by naming Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench for the first leg, leaving both players there until the final minute of the match. That was perhaps down to Guardiola knowing the result of the first leg wo...

How Manchester City could line up against Crystal Palace

Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League meeting between Crystal Palace and Manchester City, Sports Mole looks at how the champions could line up. Manchester City take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this weekend, seeking a first win in three attempts against their opponents. The Citizens suffered a shock 3-2 loss in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium in December, nearly 12 months on from drawing 0-0 against the Eagles in South London. Only victory will do for City on Sunday, though, as any dropped points will give Liverpool the title advantage as the Premier League finish line draws into sight. Here, Sports Mole looks at how Pep Guardiola could set out his side this weekend. Out: Claudio Bravo (Achilles), Vincent Kompany (muscle)Doubtful: Bernardo Silva (muscle), Oleksandr Zinchen...

Preview: Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Manchester City. Pep Guardiola will be after an immediate response when his Manchester City side travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon. The Citizens suffered a rare defeat in midweek, losing 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie, but all is not lost and they are still on course for an unprecedented quadruple. Crystal Palace © Reuters Palace are one of only four sides to have stopped Man City from winning a match over the last four months, memorably coming out on top 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium in December to temporarily derail their opponents’ campaign. That is the only game, b...

Mendy promises to follow rules as Manchester City chase glory

Benjamin Mendy insists he is no troublemaker and vowed to stick to the rulebook as the Manchester City left-back looks to make up for lost time. The 24-year-old has endured a topsy-turvy time since arriving at the Etihad Stadium in 2017. Mendy’s first season with City was brought to an abrupt halt by a cruciate ligament injury and, having helped France win the World Cup, on Saturday he made his first start since undergoing meniscus surgery in November. The full-back helped seal a hard-fought 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Brighton, but the questions after did not only revolve around fitness. Disciplined last September for reporting late to have treatment on a foot injury after attending a boxing event, Mendy was this week subject of reports that he was in a nightclub in the early hours ...

Result: Quadruple-chasing Manchester City edge into FA Cup final

Manchester City take a significant step towards a potential quadruple by edging to a 1-0 win over Brighton which seals their place in the FA Cup final. Manchester City have booked their place in the final of the FA Cup courtesy of a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley this afternoon. The Seagulls – appearing in the last four for only the second time in their history and first since 1983 – contained the English champions for long spells but ultimately could not recover from Gabriel Jesus‘s early opener. City were dominant in possession but far short of their usual best as they edged into a first FA Cup final since 2013, taking another significant step towards an unprecedented quadruple. © Reuters Pep Guardiola welcomed back some big guns such as Rahee...

Pep Guardiola “happy” with Benjamin Mendy

Pep Guardiola insists he has no issues with Benjamin Mendy. The left-back has endured two injury-ravaged seasons since joining Manchester City and his off-field lifestyle has also raised questions about his professionalism. The 24-year-old currently appears to be out of favour having been overlooked for selection since recovering full fitness following knee surgery last November. Benjamin Mendy’s professionalism has come into question (Nick Potts/PA) Mendy was disciplined earlier this season for reporting late for treatment after attending a high-profile boxing event in London the previous night. He was also spotted in a nightclub in the early hours of last Saturday morning following his omission from the squad to play at Fulham. But City manager Guardiola says he is still keen to ge...

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero pushing for FA Cup semi-final start

Manchester City are hopeful top scorer Sergio Aguero will be fit to face Brighton in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. The Argentinian striker missed the champions’ midweek Premier League victory over Cardiff after suffering a muscle injury in last week’s win at Fulham. The problem is not believed to be overly serious but quadruple-chasing City will also have to consider the risks with another crucial game, a Champions League quarter-final at Tottenham, coming up on Tuesday. Sergio Aguero’s goal at Swansea helped Manchester City reach this stage (Nick Potts/PA) Manager Pep Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference on Friday: “He is almost fit. He’s travelling.” City will have to make an enforced change at left-back with Oleksandr Zinc...

How Manchester City could line up against Brighton & Hove Albion

Sports Mole looks at how Manchester City could line up for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Brighton & Hove Albion at Wembley. Manchester City could take a significant step closer to another leg of a potential quadruple when they face Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday. Having already wrapped up the EFL Cup, Pep Guardiola‘s side currently sit top of the Premier League table and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, while only 180 minutes potentially separate them from FA Cup glory too. The FA Cup is the only major domestic trophy to have eluded Guardiola in his managerial career so far, and after a major scare against Swansea City in the last round he will be desperate to avoid an upset in London. Here, Sports ...

Manchester City team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Brighton & Hove Albion

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester City’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Brighton & Hove Albion. Manchester City turn their attention to the FA Cup on Saturday as they take on Brighton & Hove Albion in the first semi-final at Wembley. Hopes of a quadruple remain very much alive for a team top of the Premier League, in the Champions League quarter-finals and with the EFL Cup already under their belt, and they will be firm favourites to progress to the final this weekend. The FA Cup is the only major trophy Pep Guardiola has failed to win in the three countries he has coached in so far, and he will be keen to avoid an upset which would wreck the dream of achieving an unprecedented feat in English football. Here, Sports Mole roun...

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