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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.

City Watch Podcast E47 - Back to Basics  

Manchester City ended a run of almost three months without a home win in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Watford last night. It was far from perfect and could have as easily finished 1-1 had Ighalo not missed a sitter, but we’ll take that win. To discuss last night’s game and also the question of whether Pep Guardiola really went back to basics, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg and Stephen Tudor. With the big Arsenal game coming up, the team also preview that, discuss İlkay Gündoğan unfortunate injury, and ask if the supporters are all behind Pep or if the recent run of results has led to less belief in him.

Weekend Review E15 - Leicester 4-2 Manchester City  

It just gets worse for Manchester City, who after an embarrassing 4-2 defeat to struggling champions Leicester, now find themselves seven points behind Chelsea in the title race. It was a calamitous performance for the most part, with City finding some form late – too little, too late. To review this game, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Howard Hockin, and Stefan Borson and Paul Edwards. The team discuss the match, Pep Guardiola’s tactics and whether he needs to change/adapt, and short-term pain vs. long-term gain under Pep Guardiola.

City Watch Podcast E46 - Squad Matters  

It’s now one win in six at the Etihad Stadium for Manchester City after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw against Celtic. Four of those six winless games were 1-1 draws as the Blues continue to struggle to score more than a single goal at home. It was a weakened team, however, that Pep fielded against the Scottish giants and that match is discussed at length on our latest episode of the City Watch Podcast. Stephen Tudor of the Daisy Cutter is today’s host and is joined by Ahsan Naeem and former City board advisor Stefan Borson. In addition to recapping the Celtic game, the team also look ahead to this weekend’s fixture against champions Leicester and continue to discuss the fall-out after the explosive defeat to Chelsea. And what about the latest Alexis Sanchez links? The Chilean has again been mentioned as a potential target for Pep Guardiola – could this one actually happen? Tune in for views on that and much more!

Weekend Review E14 - Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea  

Manchester City are now four points from the top of the Premier League table after succumbing to a 3-1 loss at the hands of leaders Chelsea. For most parts of the match, the home side dominated proceedings, taking the lead late on in the first half. They then should have extended their lead however poor finishing eventually opened the door for Chelsea, who took advantage of a slump in the performance, ultimately winning the game 3-1. There were ugly scenes at the end of the encounter, with Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho both seeing red from Anthony Taylor. Ahsan Naeem heads up the City Watch Podcast and is joined by Howard Hockin and Stefan Borson to discuss the loss against Chelsea and we’re sure there will be some harsh words for Wythenshawe-born referee Anthony Taylor. This lively edition of Weekend Review is 90 minutes long, so it’s sure to keep you entertained for some time.

City Watch Podcast E45  

Manchester City host league leaders Chelsea tomorrow in one of the biggest games of the Premier League season so far. It could be argued that Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte are the two best tacticians in the league, and that should lead to a fascinating battle of wits at the Etihad Stadium. To preview Saturday’s big game, Ahsan Naeem is joined by City Watch Podcast regulars Howard Hockin and former City board advisor Stefan Borson. The team discuss the form of both sides, the lineups Pep and Conte may opt for, and all of the other talking points ahead of the encounter.

The Agenda E12  

Manchester City are without a midweek game (for a change!) so what better time than to discuss the latest media stories and issues in a brand new episode of The Agenda? On this week’s episode, Ahsan Naeem, Stephen Tudor and City Watch Podcast debutant Anis Bazza discuss a number of topics, including whether offering a college place is a financial inducement to youth team players. And in general whether City are being too aggressive in their youth recruitment after reports that United and Liverpool are unhappy about players being lured away from their academies. The team also discusses the idea of tweets becoming news stories after controversy surrounding a Gary Neville tweet becoming a ‘clickbait’ news piece. Another topic on this week’s Agenda is Nolito’s comments to Marca that he won’t be learning English during his stay in Manchester.

Weekend Review E13 - Burnley 1-2 Manchester City  

Manchester City are now six matches unbeaten in all competitions following the weekend win over Burnley at Turf Moor. Performances are far from perfect, but we’re starting to grind out the results we need again and Pep now finally has a full week to work with his team on tactics ahead of Chelsea’s visit. Ahsan Naeem is joined by City Watch Podcast regulars Howard Hockin and Stephen Tudor to discuss this weekend’s game, plus rotation, team mentality, and long-term gain vs. short-term pain when it comes to tactics and performances. It’s an hour of top quality City discussion so be sure to give it a listen!

City Watch Podcast E44 - The Case Against the Defence  

Manchester City qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League last night in a forgettable game at Borussia-Park. Borussia Mönchengladbach decided a Europa League spot was enough in the end, and both teams appeared satisfied with a 1-1 draw, but there were many talking points. John Stones made a mistake that could have proven costly, but is he under too much pressure at the moment? Is Pep’s three at the back working? And what’s eating Sergio Agüero? Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg and Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur of HLN, to discuss all of last night’s events and look ahead to Burnley at the weekend. With Kristof on board for the episode, we also talk about Vincent Kompany and Jason Denayer – what does Kristof believe the future has in store for City's Belgian defensive duo?

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