Paul Merson: Manchester City should not be among favourites for Champions League

Ross Houston
January 22, 2018

On another goal-friendly night for the Argentine, here are three winners and three losers.

When asked if City will add a striker to compete alongside Sergio Aguero and the now sidelined Gabriel Jesus, Guardiola ruled out a January striker signing, stating that they have players in the squad who can play at center-forward if needed.

Sergio Aguero played down his own heroics after Manchester City got their title charge moving again with victory over his favourite whipping boys Newcastle.

The Argentina global has now scored 14 times in 12 league games against Newcastle. His fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola has had his team firing on all cylinders from the first kick of the season, and even a close loss in a wild 4-3 game against Liverpool last weekend won't dampen their momentum overmuch.

Suddenly the Sky Blues aren't quite so formidable, in fact they're human, and their first league defeat of the season has emboldened their opponents.

The Argentina striker then converted a 63rd-minute penalty awarded after Raheem Sterling tumbled in the box following a tug by Javier Manquillo.

The 29-year-old said: "In the Premier League all games are hard but obviously against Newcastle I have a really good record".

"Normally we try to be stable with the wages of the players because I think it is good for the team and stability of the club In the past, what the club did, was at that price". Manchester City should have a very big win and I think that they will easily exceed a 2 goal handicap.

It was also significant because it proved Liverpool can still thrive without Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, who got his wish to join Barcelona earlier this month.

"It's true when Manchester City and the Abu Dhabi took over the team, in that period they spent a lot". The players going forward for them do cover up the cracks at the back.

Since joining from Real Madrid Danilo has struggled for game time, starting just seven league games out of a possible 24 and there have been reports claiming the Brazilian is looking for a move away.

With uncertainty surrounding their ownership, Newcastle sit only two points above the drop as they aim to avoid successive Premier League relegations.

However, Chelsea had not won in their last four games and had failed to score in three before Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay victory on penalties over Norwich City following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

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