Good afternoon, hope you’re having a restful Sunday, we have got some Premier League football for you, and it’s mighty Manchester City who are the focus of attention here. They welcome Everton to the Etihad for a 2pm kick off. In between now and then, we’ll have a bit of build up and the team news at 1pm
Man City fans, I am sure, must be feeling pretty low today with the news that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on his bike; he really has been a thoroughly enjoyable appointment for the blue half of the city. Anyway, you can follow our live blog about the fall-out from Manchester United sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on that there blog, where we also run the rule over the potential replacements.
To the matter at hand: City can go above Liverpool with a win over Everton, and claim second spot. Could be a splendid three-way Title race by the looks of things. Chelsea look seriously strong. Today’s visitors, Everton, have got some problems: they have no win in the last five, and have lost three of those against teams they really ought to be beating if they want to establish themselves in the top six. Letting in five at home to Watford is a shocker. Can’t say that Man City would be your first choice if you wanted to get your form back.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola used some time in the build up to this to say that Bernardo Silva is currently “undroppable”.
Guardiola said: “Right now he’s undroppable because of what he is doing on the pitch. Sometimes Bernardo didn’t play in the last (two) seasons because he was not undroppable, because he was not on the level.
“But the year we won 98 points in the league, he was the best – and I think it’s coming back.
“What he has done this season – it is difficult to find in Europe, in the world, a player like him right now.
“I have the feeling now he is happy here, with his personal life and hopefully he can have an exceptional season with us again.
“He can play in six positions. He can play holding midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger, striker, false nine and the other winger.
“He can play everywhere because he is so smart, so intuitive, so intelligent.”