If Roman Abramovich’s 2003 purchase of Chelsea FC introduced English football to a new generation of billionaires, the 2008 purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan introduced the game to its first family of trillionaires. In this video, we track the history of the man who has elevated Manchester City to the top of the game.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games against Man City (W10 D4, since a 1-2 loss in May 2003), winning the last four in a row.
- Indeed, the only team Man City have had a longer winless away run against in the competition is Arsenal (15 games between 1992 and 2012).
- Manchester City won the reverse fixture 5-0 back in September – they’ve not done the league double against Liverpool in over 80 years, since the 1936-37 campaign that saw them win the first of their four top-flight titles.
- The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 13 Premier League home games (W7 D6 L0), keeping nine clean sheets in that time.
- Liverpool haven’t won four Premier League games in a row since December 2016 – the fourth game of which was a home win against Manchester City.
- Only two teams have ever had a longer unbeaten Premier League run than Man City’s current streak of 30 without defeat – Arsenal (49 between 2003 and 2004) and Chelsea (40 between 2004 and 2005).
- No opposing manager has beaten Pep Guardiola more often than Jurgen Klopp in all competitions (4, level with Jose Mourinho).
- Since Klopp took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, the Reds have won more points in Premier League games between the ‘big six’ than any other side (39). They also have more wins (9), fewer defeats (3) and more goals (40) than anyone else in these fixtures.
- Mohamed Salah has been involved in 22 goals in his opening 21 Premier League games for Liverpool (17 goals, 5 assists); only two players have ever been involved in more in their opening 21 Premier League games for a club – Andy Cole at Newcastle and Dwight Yorke at Manchester United (23 each).
- Sergio Aguero has scored more Premier League goals against Liverpool than any other Man City player (6 in 11 games). However, the Argentine is yet to score in five visits to Anfield in the competition – only at Selhurst Park has he played as many games without finding the net.
English Premier LeagueSunday 31 December 2017
- Venue: Selhurst Park
A win for Manchester City against Crystal Place will see them equal the record winning run in one of Europe’s top five leagues – Bayern Munich, managed by Pep Guardiola, won 19 consecutively in the 2013/14 season.
Despite this scintillating form, after Sergio Aguero went on a run of scoring 14 goals in 13 Premier League games against London teams, Sergio Aguero has only netted just four in his last 12, failing to score on eight occasions in this run. However, the Argentine has bagged three goals in his last three appearances against Crystal Palace in the top-flight, assisting two more goals in those matches.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: “It’s not easy to maintain our focus in [the festive] period, everyone is on holiday, everyone has a party at home.
“To be focused after 17 games in a row is not easy but we did it [against Newcastle]. We are so happy to win again and just think about Selhurst Park now.
“Of course we are so happy to break records, because we keep having one more, one more, but when we prepare for games we don’t speak about records, we just speak about what we have to win.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “We have a few knocks. There’s no doubt that when I see the players tomorrow there will be several doubtful. Not necessarily serious injuries, but they may be sufficient to keep them out [against] Man City. The squad is not enormous.
“I know our fans will be back on Sunday to support us in the same way. We’ll put out the best 11 we can and those players will be doing their level best.”
Scouting Liverpool’s New World Record Signing Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk will become the sixth player to join Liverpool from Southampton, for a total cost of £166.5m!
Virgil van Dijk (born 8 July 1991) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Southampton and the Netherlands national team.
Virgil van Dijk appears is heading to Liverpool will go ahead world-record £75m deal.
Liverpool have confirmed they have reached an agreement for the transfer of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.
Southampton say the deal is a world record for a defender. The 26-year-old Netherlands international will move to Anfield on when the transfer window opens on 1 January 2018.
Van Dijk will be assigned squad No 4 upon his arrival at Liverpool, which will not come in time for the home match with Leicester City on 30 December, nor the trip to Burnley on New Year’s Day.
“Today is a proud day for me and my family as I join one of the biggest clubs in world football!” Van Dijk said, while also expressing his gratitude to Southampton.
Below are the list of the previous signings from Southampton to Liverpool:
Rickie Lambert – £4million – June 2, 2014
Adam Lallana – £25m – July 1, 2014
Dejan Lovren – £20m – July 27, 2014
Nathaniel Clyne – £12.5m – July 1, 2015
Sadio Mane – £30m – June 28, 2016
Post match Analysis of el classico by Thierry Henry and Giullem Balague
Lionel Messi continues to be Real madrid’s bogey man, he has won more Clasicos in Madrid than he has at the Camp Nou!
On Saturday, he picked up his tenth win from 19 games at the home of Los Blancos, making him the opposition player with the most victories in the stadium.
On top of that, he’s scored more Clasico goals in Madrid than he has in Barcelona too; of his 25 goals scored against Real Madrid, a record that puts Messi head and shoulders above Real madrid’s Alfredo Di Stefano and Cristiano Ronaldo for goals scored in the fixture, who have both scored 18 and 17 respectively.
Barcelona won 3-0 on 10-man Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to leave the La Liga and the Champions League holders 14 points behind in the Spanish Liga title race.
Back in August he last time these two teams met, Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué admitted feeling inferior to Madrid. How things change…. Twenty-five games have passed since, Barcelona have lost none and by the close here the superiority was theirs, imposed almost by stealth, bit by bit until it was complete.
“It’s a defeat that hurts,” Zidane said. “They were sunk [in August], people said; tomorrow, we’re the ones that are ‘sunk’. We accept that, that’s football. We’re pissed off but Madrid never surrender, no matter what. People can think the league is over but I don’t think so and I don’t think the opposition coach thinks so either.”
Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Kovacic, Ronaldo, Benzema
Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Bale, Theo, Lucas V., Asensio, Isco
Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic, Paulinho, Suarez and Messi
Subs: Cillessen, N.Semedo, Denis Suárez, Mascherano, Digne, André Gomes, Aleix Vidal