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Rolling Man City leaves it late again

07 Décembre 2017

How many times did we see Manchester United go into "Fergie time" and win games?

City have not been playing their best football for past few weeks, but they just seem averse to losing this season. I can understand. I'm not judging - but it is hard.

It means City have pulled level with Arsenal and Chelsea's all-time record of 13 consecutive victories in a single Premier League season but their third straight 2-1 win, following Raheem Sterling's last-gasp heroics against Huddersfield Town and Southampton over the past week, once again showed them to have dropped off the swashbuckling form that typified their early season play.

The great Scot's Manchester United teams were renowned for fighting right to the end, through healthy stretches of injury-time, and City are happy to be following suit.

But Guardiola is taking nothing for granted.

I thought this performance gives us hope it can be done. "I think it was an expression, I'm pretty sure he doesn't want our players to get injured".

"I heard about the Fergie time, I was not here (in England) in that period, but of course you have to have that", said Guardiola, whose side reclaimed their eight-point lead over United ahead of next week's potentially record-breaking Manchester derby.

"It would be nice (to do it at Old Trafford)".

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Having seen Huddersfield and Southampton stifle City in the past week and go close to getting a result, Moyes chose to replicate their formula.

West Ham manager David Moyes, on his part, said: "I have to say it was a really good effort".

"We started really well but we lost our patience".

"We know Man United have a very good team as well but we will play our game and try to control the match, to be better than them and bring the three points back home".

Puel has encouraged a more possession based approach since his arrival at The King Power and has tweaked the teams tactics slightly; Riyad Mahrez has moved into a free role behind Jamie Vardy and talented youngster Demarai Gray has been promoted to the starting XI. "I'm not going to stand and give them every opportunity to score. I'm not here to make it look good for Man City, I'm here to get a result for West Ham".

West Ham made it hard for the home side to break them down and Delph admits it is getting more hard as teams set out to stifle Pep Guardiola's normally free-scoring side.

He added: "It was hard". Not for the first time lately, a set-piece proved City's undoing as Ogbonna rose following a short corner to power in a header from an Aaron Cresswell cross. 'We don't normally play with two strikers and two wingers but we did so it is a lesson.

Rolling Man City leaves it late again