Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Key Issues for Blues Analysis

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¦ POINTS AND PROGRESS CITY pulled off a scrappy win when Pep Guardiola took his side to Turf Moor last season.

The game had all the hallmarks of a result that, as the cliche goes, wins you titles.

An unfashionable, unfancied side behind a buoyant home ground took the lead against Guardiola's goliaths. Having recently undergone a slump in form, could they respond? They did, through two Sergio Aguero goals.

Coming a week after a similarly hard-fought win over Crystal Palace, the performance spoke for the character of the team.

And yet Guardiola would later admit that these games had him worried.

"I thought if we play like this, we are not going to go anywhere," he reflected.

This season, his team have followed every direction he has given and no opposition side has been able to control the game.

This all-conquering City have conceded just two shots on target in two games with Burnley, as opposed to the five Sean Dyche's team managed in October 2016. …

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