UK News Defensive deficiencies on show again for Manchester City in 5-2 loss
Manchester City agree personal terms with Jules Kounde, with just the fee to be decided
Reports are claiming that the highly-rated 21-year-old centre-back is on the brink of a move away from SevillaDespite signing Nathan Aké from Bournemouth this summer for around £40m, City are keen on adding another centre-back to their ranks. With Vincent Kompany departing the club last year and Aymeric Laporte struggling with injuries over the last 12 months, City have looked threadbare at the back - which is one of the key reasons that they surrendered their title so meekly last season.
A reminder that tangible change is unlikely to occur in the space of a month. Manchester City were never going to eradicate their deficiencies during a non-existent pre-season.
There will be a number of teams, not least champions Liverpool, who observed Leicester City’s plan at the Etihad Stadium with relish.
Stay narrow when defending, so narrow that a parachute could cover all ten outfield players behind the ball, and wait for attacking opportunities on the break.
19 undervalued ’90s classics
19 undervalued ’90s classics
Countering chances are plentiful against City and Jamie Vardy is perhaps the finest exponent of those in the division.
He led the sluggish Eric Garcia a merry dance and, although City’s defensive frailties were again worryingly apparent, Leicester were allowed to impact this game on the back of a passive 25 minutes after the hosts took the lead.
Brendan Rodgers’ side sat in, held their nerve in a rigid 5-4-1 formation safe in the knowledge that their moments would arrive. City were frustrated, playing too horizontally in midfield against two banks of five.
Liverpool 'open talks with Burnley over a £15m deal for Harry Wilson'
The Wales international spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and Liverpool are keen to offload the 23-year-old as he does not feature in Jurgen Klopp's plans.The Wales international spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and Liverpool are keen to offload the 23-year-old as he does not feature in Jurgen Klopp's plans.
They barely registered a chance of genuine note following Riyad Mahrez’s stunning fourth-minute opener. Again, more than 75 per cent of the possession in that period and again, Kasper Schmeichel not really producing a save worth discussing.
There is mitigation here, City without a recognised senior striker, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus out injured.
Bernardo Silva is absent as well. But there was more than enough on that pitch to break Leicester down and, if we are honest, Aguero’s inclusion is unlikely to have altered this much.
Leicester had the blueprints for victory. Those who took points at the Etihad last year – Tottenham, Wolves, Manchester United, Crystal Palace – all had the same idea as Rodgers.
Catch City a little lacklustre in attack and the defence might well be generous with the space to break at pace.
Corrie star Jack P Shepherd's neighbour's home is raided by a 'gang'
The Coronation Street star, 32, lives in the street in Manchester's Northern Quarter with his girlfriend Hanni Treweek. It is thought that the group managed to get into the home at around 7.30pm on Thursday with the neighbour climbing onto a roof to escape, reports The Sun. © Provided by Daily Mail Close to home: One of Jack P Shepherd's neighbour's houses has been raided by a 'gang of five' people during an evening burglary (pictured with his girlfriend Hanni Treweek in 2018) Another neighbour said: 'It's terrifying. It has left everyone on edge.
Even so, this was the most staggering home defeat of Guardiola’s tenure.
Quite how a team can concede five at home after boasting so much of the ball defies logic. Garcia, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy will rue individual mistakes.
Ruben Dias is expected to arrive at City in the coming hours after waving goodbye to Benfica on Saturday, another new central defender signed under Pep Guardiola.
Dias will cost in the region of £64million, with Nicolas Otamendi going the other way for around £14m.
The 23-year-old simply cannot correct the ills by himself. What Guardiola must hope for is that both Dias and Aymeric Laporte stay fit so he can finally have something of a consistency in selection.
The issues are deep-rooted, however, and it would be unfair to expect Dias to drastically improve them immediately.
Video: "Mikel Arteta quiet on Mesut Ozil after Carabao Cup win over Leicester" (Evening Standard)
Man United 'have loan bid REJECTED for Italy winger Federico Chiesa' .
The Old Trafford club still harbour hopes of finalising a deal for Sancho before the transfer window slams shut, however Dortmund have remained steadfast in their valuation of £108million.Moment Piers Morgan clashes with Dr Hilary over 'defending the clown' Boris Johnson