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Weekend Review E25 - Manchester City 1-1 Liverpool  

Manchester City and Liverpool played out an exciting 1-1 draw yesterday at the Etihad in a match that wasn’t short on talking points. Again, decisions made by the referee threatened to overshadow a big game, while James Milner received heavy booing after comments he made earlier this week. To discuss all the big issues from City vs. Liverpool, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Stefan Borson, Stephen Tudor and Howard Hockin on the City Watch Podcast’s Weekend Review. With the title now certainly out of reach, the team give their hopes for the remainder of the season and ask if the FA Cup and third place would be considered a successful campaign. The idea of Yaya Touré playing for a Premier League rival is also discussed and to end the show more of your #askCW questions are answered. Sit back and enjoy over an hour of the most insightful and candid Manchester City podcast out there.

City Watch Podcast E56 - OUTED  

And so we bid adieu to the Champions League for another year. Manchester City are out of the Champions League after being overpowered by an impressive Monaco side yesterday, who were ruthless in the first half and made City look second rate. An improvement in the second half saw City get the upper hand again before Tiemoué Bakayoko’s header sent the Blues crashing out of Europe’s most prestigious competition. There is much to discuss and to do so, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Stephen Tudor and Stefan Borson on the City Watch Podcast. Talking points include Yaya Touré’s exclusion from the starting XI, Kevin De Bruyne’s shocking decline in form, and the poor quality of set-pieces from City players. Looking beyond the game, the team share their views on Richard Dunne’s comments that City need a host of new signings at the back, and the question is asked: Which Monaco player would be the one to sign if given a choice? Finally, we answer YOUR #askcw questions, including whether Paul Pogba would get into this City side and is KDB actually a Pep Guardiola midfielder despite his obvious qualities.

Weekend Review E24 - Middlesbrough 0-2 Manchester City  

Manchester City will face Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals after overcoming Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. The Blues had to come through a very physical battle in which Mourinho’s mate, Aitor Karanka, seemed to send his lads out with a plan to rough up City’s entertainers. To recap the game, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Howard Hockin, Paul ‘Damocles’ Edwards and Scott Loney on the City Watch Podcast. The team discuss City’s habit of missing chances, which proved more costly against Stoke than Boro, the form of Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling, and question if City have a weakness in the air. There is also a preview of tomorrow night’s Champions League tie with Monaco, which City take a 5-3 lead into. How will Pep set up his men, keeping in mind Monaco love to score and have three away goals? The team discuss potential starting XIs and much more as City look to progress deeper into Europe’s most prestigious competition.

City Watch Podcast E55 - Bore Draw  

A bore draw – that’s what Manchester City fans had to witness at the Etihad Stadium last night whilst Barcelona overturned a 4 goal deficit to complete possibly the best Champions League comeback ever. Mark Hughes set his team up to settle for the draw, or maybe even nick the win on a counter attack, which resulted in a somewhat boring tie. Despite the boring encounter on the pitch, our podcast team have been able to deliver off it. Ahsan Naeem is today’s host and he is joined by Lloyd Scragg and Stephen Tudor as they discuss the Stoke City game – was Pep Guardiola’s team selection all wrong? Would he have played a different side had Chelsea dropped points against West Ham United on Monday night? The team also look ahead to the FA Cup quarter-final clash against Middlesbrough at the weekend and the effect rotation is having on the season, the team also take some time to answer your questions.

Academy Special – FA Youth Cup Semi Final Preview (with ‘EsteemedKompany’)  

Ahead of Friday's FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke City, we're delighted to bring you a special edition of the City Watch podcast: an academy special with Steven McInerney, or Esteemed Kompany as many of you will know him. In this feature-length episode Lloyd Scragg speaks to Steven about a whole host of issues concerning City's academy, not least that crucial game that the u18s face at the Academy Stadium on Friday. Lloyd and Steven preview the game and City's potential team, before discussing the academy's three brightest hopes in detail: Brahim Diaz, Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden. Lloyd asks Steven which of the three (if any) he thinks will break into the first-team first, and which of the attacking trio he believes could have the highest ceiling. Also on the menu is a discussion of the City's links with NAC Breda and Girona, some ideas on a player's loan development and an assessment of Pablo Maffeo's future at the club. Check out Steven's YouTube channel for more on City's youth team and other content! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMxNPuhwTVMFkVoRjlARtaQ

Weekend Review E23 - Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City  

Manchester City were victorious against Sunderland in the North-East on Sunday after a sensational second half controlled by David Silva. City had a shaky first half until Sergio Aguero converted from a Raheem Sterling ball in shortly before the break, then doubled their lead through the lethal Leroy Sané after the break. The City Watch Podcast team take a look back at the victory, as well as discussing Pep Guardiola’s team selection – was the exclusion of Kevin De Bruyne a bit of a surprise? On top of that the team discuss Leroy Sané and his form, comparing him to Real Madrid star Gareth Bale. Lloyd Scragg is today’s host and is joined by Ahsan Naeem, Howard Hockin and Stefan Borson as they recap on yet another clean sheet and look ahead to City’s next challenge – a midweek fixture against Stoke City, who come into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

City Watch Podcast E54 - Unplayable  

Manchester City played their FA Cup fifth-round replay yesterday, coming out 5-1 victors over a much weakened Huddersfield Town. Nonetheless, City showed their complete dominance, despite falling behind early on. The home side were unforgiving after Harry Bunn’s opener, going in 3-1 up at the break. Goals from Leroy Sané, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Kelechi Iheanacho made sure that City booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but aside from the scoreline, City were incredibly impressive at times. Sergio Aguero looks to be back, pressing defenders and getting on the scoresheet twice – he scored a penalty and finished off a move which saw over 20 passes. Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg and Stephen Tudor on this week’s City Watch Podcast to discuss the victory over Huddersfield, Pep’s style of play, the Sané/Sterling combination and look ahead to this weekend’s game against Sunderland – did Aleix Garcia do enough to start?

Weekend Review E22 - Monaco Madness  

What a feeling, what a night! It was a game that will go down in the ages as one of the most exciting in Champions League history, as Manchester City beat Monaco 5-3 in the most rollercoaster game seen at the Etihad in a while. It’s quite a spectacle to cover, but in a (belated) Weekend Review, the City Watch Podcast team do that in a 90 minute edition. Ahsan Naeem is joined by Sam Lee of Goal, Lloyd Scragg, Stefan Borson and Adam Bailey. Topics include Kun Aguero’s magnificent performance and the continuing development of wing wizards Sterling and Sané. There’s also attention on issues off the pitch, with long queues outside of the Etihad causing many to arrive late, despite the club asking for people to get to the ground an hour before kick-off.

City Watch Podcast E53 - Cup Fever  

With no Premier League game until March 5, cup competitions now take priority for Manchester City with a potentially season-defining week ahead. If you are one of those who believe City can’t catch Chelsea in the league, then the FA Cup and Champions League are Pep Guardiola’s best hope for silverware in his debut campaign at City. In the latest episode of the City Watch Podcast, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Stefan Borson and Howard Hockin to preview both Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Huddersfield Town and Tuesday night’s clash with AS Monaco at the Etihad Stadium. The three discuss rotation possibilities and how important each cup is. In addition to that, we also continue to answer your questions from Twitter. Remember, if you want your question read out and answered on-air, send us one with the hashtag #askcw!

Weekend Review E21 - Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester City  

It’s now four wins on the bounce in all competitions for Manchester City following last night’s impressive victory over Bournemouth on the south coast. As is often the case, bad news accompanied good, with Gabriel Jesus going down injured, an injury which is now expected to keep him out for up to three months. To discuss the impact of Jesus’ injury and the Bournemouth game as a whole, Ahsan Naeem is joined on location in his mum’s old sewing room by Howard Hockin. In addition to those talking points, Kun Aguero and Vincent Kompany’s City futures are also on the agenda, as is the big question of whether the title race is still on. Could Pep’s men still catch Chelsea?

City Watch Podcast E52 - Cherry Picking  

It’s a rare Monday night fixture next for Manchester City as they visit Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth, a side the Blues have had plenty of joy against recently with 5-1, 4-0 and 4-0 victories. Pep Guardiola’s side are on a three-match winning run after Gabriel Jesus’ late winner against Swansea, and Pep today said his players had been ‘amazing’ in training, which bodes well. To preview City’s next Premier League fixture, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Stefan Borson, Stephen Tudor and the returning Scott Loney, and one of the big talking points is whether Kompany, Aguero and Bravo could come back into the team against Bournemouth. The team also pick their standout defender, midfielder, and forward for the season so far, and we take some of your questions from Twitter. Remember, if you’d like your question answered on the City Watch Podcast, use #askcw and we’ll try and get to it!

Weekend Review E20 - Manchester City 2-1 Swansea  

Whew! Manchester City overcame Swansea at the Etihad and a more dramatic script couldn’t possibly have been written. Gabriel Jesus is fast becoming City’s new golden boy and has only been here five minutes! His two goals, particularly his injury time winner, have Blues buzzing about our new Samba sensation. However, his late salvo only papered over the cracks of an uneven performance. How did City go from being so irresistable in the first half to so disappointing in the second, almost blowing another home fixture? To review the weekend game, Howard Hockin is joined by Ahsan Naeem, Sam Lee of Goal and Paul Edwards. In addition to the game itself, Sergio Aguero is a big talking point and Sam, who interviewed the Argentine after the game, offers significant context to Kun’s comments about his future. You’ll want to hear this!

City Watch Podcast E51 - InSané  

Manchester City last night put in quite possibly their best performance of the season to date, once again destroying West Ham at the London Stadium. It was a performance full of energy, desire and pace, with the speedy trio of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling in mesmerizing form. To review the 4-0 thrashing of the Hammers, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Sam Lee of Goal, Howard Hockin and Adam Bailey. The four purr over Sterling and Sané’s wing play, discuss Yaya Touré’s recent resurgence, give props to Willy Caballero and the defence, and focus on what Gabriel Jesus brings to the team. Plus, Sam has some fascinating insight into Kun Aguero’s future at City.

Weekend Review E19 Crystal Palace 0 - 3 Manchester City  

Weekend Review E19 Crystal Palace 0 - 3 Manchester City by Ahsan Naeem

City Watch Podcast E50 - Jesus Knows  

The next challenge on the way to Wembley will be presented to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, as the team face a trip down to London to play Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace are struggling to establish any sort of form down at the bottom of the Premier League and scraped a 2-1 victory against Bolton in the 3rd round reply, however form generally goes out of the window when it comes to the FA Cup. Lloyd Scragg heads up the team for this episode and is joined by Ahsan Naeem and Adam Bailey to discuss Saturday's game. The three also take a quick trip back in time to reflect on the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening and discuss Gabriel Jesus and his impact on the team. The podcast team also take a look at the transfer window activity this January - should we be worried by the lack of signings?

Weekend Review E18 Manchester City 2-2 Spurs  

It was another game marred by controversial refereeing decisions, but Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham this weekend saw a much improved performance after the 4-0 defeat to Everton a week earlier. City could and should have won the game, having taken a 2-0 lead, but referee Andre Marriner absurdly denied Raheem Sterling a penalty that even the offender, Kyle Walker, admitted was a push. And then more calamity at the back led to Spurs salvaging a point from what seemed like a certain win for City. The standard of officiating the season is one of the talking points of our latest Weekend Review. For the first time, we have a five-man team on the City Watch Podcast in a mammoth 90 minute edition, with Ahsan Naeem joined by Sam Lee of Goal, Stephen Tudor of the Daisy Cutter, Howard Hockin and Paul Edwards. The five discuss the match itself, improvements in Sané and Sterling, the relevance of John Stones’ omission from the team, and other subjects. Plus, we answer your questions from Twitter, including what the future holds for Kelechi Iheanacho. Be sure to use #askcw if you want your question answered on future episodes.

Weekend Review E17 Everton 4-0 Manchester City  

Manchester City have been subject to more misery on Merseyside after they crashed to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Everton yesterday, a defeat that didn’t make happy viewing for City fans. There’s much to discuss in this Weekend Review, including a close look at the roles of Claudio Bravo, John Stones and Sergio Aguero. Ahsan Naeem is joined by Stefan Borson, Howard Hockin and Jordan Elgott to look back at the game and analyse whether the team hit the self-destruct button after going a goal behind. As expected, it’s 1 hour and 20 minutes of explosive discussion as the City Watch Podcast team let out their frustrations at Pep Guardiola’s men.

City Watch Podcast E49 - New Year Blues  

It’s the first City Watch Podcast of 2017 and we aren’t short on talking points! Manchester City traveled to Anfield on New Years Eve in pursuit of three vital points but unfortunately came away with zero, leaving fans and media questioning the side and Pep Guardiola. However, two days later City welcomed in the new year with three points at home to Burnley in a scrappy encounter that saw Fernandinho sent off in the first half. City fought hard and took a 2-0 lead before Burnley got back into the game, but despite this Pep Guardiola wasn’t a happy man after the whistle. He didn’t appear to be in a very talkative mood and instead gave short answers to the awaiting journalists. Is he feeling the heat? To discuss our last two games, Pep’s interviews, squad discipline, City’s place in the title race, and more, Lloyd Scragg is joined by Howard Hockin, Stefan Borson and Jordan Elgott.

City Watch Podcast E48 - Ice Cold Yaya  

Like so many times before, Yaya Touré came to the rescue when Manchester City were in a spot of bother at the KCOM Stadium on Boxing Day. Yaya stepped up and converted a penalty with ice cold precision to give City the lead in a game they were making hard work of, which led to two more goals in the closing stages. To discuss City’s win over Hull, Lloyd Scragg is joined by Howard Hockin, Stephen Tudor and Jordan Elgott for a busy episode of the City Watch Podcast. The team run through the Hull game, talk about Yaya’s growing importance this season, and discuss who is best for the ‘false 9’ position employed lately. And of course, with Liverpool coming up, there is a big preview of that game as well as some discussion about the January transfer window.

Weekend Review E16 - Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal  

Manchester City have struggled for big match wins in the Premier League in the last year or so, and that made Sunday’s heroic comeback over Arsenal feel that much better. There is so much to discuss about City’s 2-1 trumph and the City Watch Podcast has it covered, with Lloyd Scragg in the driver’s seat joined by Howard Hockin and Stefan Borson. They discuss Pep’s team selection, another early goal conceded, City’s improvements and the individual performances. The team also look at the big picture, asking the question – are Manchester City still in the title race? And finally, there is a look ahead to the Christmas fixtures and the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.

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