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Weekend Review E09 – Manchester City 1-1 Southampton  

It is one month to the day since Manchester City last won a match, when everything seemed to be going so well. City began the season with ten straight wins, but are now winless in five. The performances haven’t all been bad, but yesterday’s draw against Southampton was arguably the worst team performance of the season to date. What went wrong? What did we do right? Host Ahsan Naeem joined by Howard Hockin and Paul Edwards to discuss the 1-1 draw, plus there is the small matter of a Manchester derby on Wednesday, and the team look ahead to chapter two of Pep vs. Jose since they took over the Manchester giants. Finally, some of your questions from Twitter are answered.

On The Whistle E02 – Manchester City 1-1 Southampton  

Howard Hockin and Adam Bailey bring us their immediate post match thoughts from outside the ground after a frustrating draw with Southampton.

City Watch Podcast E40 - Bravo, Messi! (with Graham Hunter)  

Manchester City were beaten 4-0 at the Camp Nou by Barcelona last night, but did the scoreline reflect the performance? Wednesday’s defeat to the Catalan giants is the main topic of conversation on the latest episode of the City Watch Podcast. To discuss Barça vs. City, host Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg, Stefan Borson and the one and only Graham Hunter, who makes his first CWP appearance since August. In addition to what we saw on the pitch last night, the team also discuss Pep’s big call to drop Sergio Aguero to the bench, and look ahead to the weekend fixture against Southampton. Plus, the question is asked: “Are Manchester City in crisis?”

The Agenda E10  

The Agenda is back! After over two months on holiday, the City Watch Podcast’s look at topics in the media returns. Ahsan Naeem is joined by podcast regular Howard Hockin and the returning Jordan Elgott to discuss issues including changes in the media attitude towards us over the last couple of years. They also chat about the idea of an agenda and a bias towards Manchester United and Liverpool in the press, and whether the club could do more to engage the press more.

Weekend Review E08 – Manchester City 1-1 Everton  

Manchester City dropped points at home for the first time under Pep Guardiola this weekend following a 1-1 draw with Everton. The Blues were unlucky not to come away with three points, but shot themselves in the foot with two missed penalties and had to come from behind to salvage a draw. Stephen Tudor is this week’s host, and he is joined by Ahsan Naeem and Howard Hockin to discuss a fascinating game. Pep’s decision to go with three at the back is one of the main talking points as the team review Saturday’s game. Next up is Barcelona at the Camp Nou and that match is previewed, with Pep Confidential author Martí Perarnau sharing his views ahead of Wednesday’s huge Champions League game.

On The Whistle E01 – Manchester City 1-1 Everton  

Archie Barnett and Howard Hockin with their thoughts on a frustrating on 1 - 1 draw with Everton at the Etihad, which saw City miss two penalties.

City Watch Podcast E39 - Jesus Is Coming  

Another excruciatingly boring international break is coming to an end, meaning club football returns and this weekend City host Everton at the Etihad Stadium. Pep vs. Koeman should be an intriguing clash, and this is one of the main topics on our latest episode of the City Watch Podcast. Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg, Sam Lee from Goal, and Howard Hockin to chat about that match, Kun Agüero’s recent interview, Fernandinho’s growing status, and the incoming Gabriel Jesus, who has been lighting it up again for Brazil.

Weekend Review E07 – Spurs 2-0 Manchester City  

It had to happen - the moment headline writers have been waiting for. Pep Guardiola has finally lost a game as Manchester City boss after Spurs rampaged to victory at White Hart Lane at the weekend. City couldn't match Tottenham's energy and endeavour, giving Pep much to think about, having said he'd learn a lot when City were beaten. To review and dissect the game, host Ahsan Naeem is joined by regulars Lloyd Scragg, Howard Hockin and Stephen Tudor. We’re also pleased to welcome to the team, Stefan Borson, former adviser to the Manchester City board and the man who lined up the sale to Thaksin Shinawatra in 2007.

Special Edition - Pep Confidential (exclusive interview with Martí Perarnau)  

Martí Perarnau is a sports journalist and former athlete who was given behind-the-scenes access at Bayern Munich to write an account of Pep Guardiola’s first year in charge at the German giants. Martí released the acclaimed ‘Pep Confidential, offering a fascinating insight to Guardiola, his staff and his players. Few people know Pep Guardiola better, and we’re delighted to welcome Martí on to the City Watch Podcast for an hour-long interview, where he discusses his relationship with Pep, Pep’s plans for Manchester City, Pep’s tactics, and many other topics. Plus, we ask the question – will Pep remain at Manchester City for longer than three years?

City Watch Podcast E38 - The Glasgow Kiss  

Pep Guardiola's flawless start as Manchester City boss is over. The 3-3 draw with Celtic last night halted City's run of wins at ten, but made it eleven unbeaten. Such a crazy and chaotic game deserves to be discussed and that is the big topic of the latest City Watch Podcast, in addition to a look ahead to the big weekend clash with Spurs. Host Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg and Howard Hockin, while Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur from HLN makes his debut appearance on the pod. Paul Gallagher also has his ‘Gallagher View’ of the Celtic game in a busy episode!

Weekend Review E06 – Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City  

Pep Guardiola reached a perfect ten this weekend as his Manchester City team made it ten wins out of ten in all competitions, and six on the bounce in the Premier League. In what was one of City’s toughest challenges to date this season, the Blues had to dig deep in order to overcome their Welsh opposition for the second time in a few days. To review an eventful match, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Sam Lee from Goal, Howard Hockin and Stephen Tudor. In addition to a Swansea recap, the team also answer some of your questions from Twitter. Be sure to use the #askcw hashtag if you want your questions answered on the pod and follow @CityWatchPod for the latest updates!

City Watch Podcast E37 - Bittersweet Blues  

Manchester City set up a mouth-watering EFL Cup fourth round match against Manchester United with a 2-1 win over Swansea in midweek. The Blues face the Welsh side again tomorrow in the Premier League, and the City Watch Podcast team cover the double header in the latest episode. Also on the agenda is Celtic away, with the Blues’ tour of Britain taking them to Scotland next week for a Champions League tie. Host Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg, Paul Gallagher and football journalist Scott Loney to discuss those games, Vincent Kompany’s latest setback, and also both Yaya Touré’s current situation and overall legacy at Manchester City.

Weekend Review E05 – Manchester City 4-0 Bournemouth  

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City made it eight wins out of eight this weekend with a routine win over Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s team were overwhelmed by a rampant City, who came out 4-0 winners. The City Watch Podcast team is back to discuss another victory for the in-form Blues. Host Ahsan Naeem is again joined by Howard Hockin and Stephen Tudor this week, plus there is a CWP debut for Grey from the American Cityzens. Not only is City vs. Bournemouth discussed, but the team chat about all of City’s Premier League rivals this season. Who will be up there come the end of the season?

Champions League Review E01 – Manchester City 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach  

Pep Guardiola’s City made it seven out of seven last night as they crushed Borussia Mönchengladbach in their Champions League group stage opener. It was a thrilling performance by the Blues, and the City Watch Podcast team are here to discuss it. Gundogan’s debut, Kolarov’s incredible improvement, Claudio Bravo and hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero are among the topics, as are Guardiola’s controversial post-match comments about the attendance. Host Ahsan Naeem is joined by Sam Lee from Goal, Howard Hockin and Adam Bailey to chat about an exciting night at the Etihad. Manchester City legend Paul Lake also shares his views, as does Paul Gallagher in his second ‘Gallagher View’.

Four Four Two E02 (Part II)  

In the second part of Episode 2 of Four Four Two, Paul Edwards and Ahsan Naeem continue to discuss the progression of City's tactics under Pep. Topics in this instalment include the full-backs, De Bruyne, Silva, and a little bit on star striker Sergio Agüero.

Four Four Two E02 (Part I)  

The City Watch Podcast’s tactics show, Four Four Two, returns with a second episode! In Part I of Episode 2, Ahsan Naeem is joined by our tactics man Paul Edwards with topics including changes in Pep’s tactics since the first Four Four Two episode, the important role of goalkeepers in Pep’s system, Claudio Bravo’s strengths and weaknesses, and the roles of Fernandinho and Silva.

Weekend Review E04 – Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City  

Manchester City triumphed over arch-rivals Manchester United in the 172nd Manchester derby yesterday, and it was a match of many talking points. City’s breathtaking opening 40 minutes, debutant Claudio Bravo’s howler to let United back in the match, several contentious decisions by the referee, and of course Pep vs. Jose. To review and reflect on a scintillating derby day, Ahsan Naeem is joined by the returning Sam Lee from Goal, Stephen Tudor and Howard Hockin.

City Watch Podcast E36 - The 172nd Manchester Derby  

We’re less than a day away from the first Manchester derby of the Pep Guardiola era! Excitement is higher than it has been for any Manchester derby in recent years, with two of world football’s top coaches now in charge of the Manchester. Host Ahsan Naeem is joined by the returning Lloyd Scragg and Jordan Elgott for an hour of derby day discussion, previewing tomorrow’s huge game. Also debuting this week is ‘The Gallagher View’, a segment in which Paul Gallagher, the older brother of Liam and Noel, shares his views. Be sure to follow our new podcast-centric Twitter account, with the CWP soon to expand to more episodes and guests: @CityWatchPod

Big Issue E01 - Summer 2016 Transfer Window  

Manchester City did over fifty deals this summer in what was a very busy summer at the Etihad Stadium. To cover the summer 2016 transfer window in-depth, we’re debuting our latest City Watch Podcast concept, ‘The Big Issue’. Host Lloyd Scragg is joined by Ahsan Naeem and Howard Hockin to discuss the incomings, outgoings, squad balance, and more.

Weekend Review E03 - Manchester City 3-1 West Ham  

Another weekend, another Manchester City win. Pep Guardiola’s start as City boss couldn’t have gone much better, with five wins out of five in all competitions. Tougher tests await after the international break, but it is important to remember that West Ham visited the Etihad last year and took away three points. Despite a scare, there was no repeat of that on Sunday as Pep’s men came out 3-1 winners, with the first half particularly eye-catching. To discuss the game in detail, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Howard Hockin and Lloyd Scragg in our third ‘Weekend Review’ on the City Watch Podcast.

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