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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?

Weekend Review E12 - Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City  

Who saw that coming? Yaya Touré not only returned to the Manchester City team out of nowhere on Saturday, he put Crystal Palace to the sword with a vintage Yaya performance, scoring a brace on his return. Two goals from the Ivorian gave City a narrow victory over Palace, and there is much to talk about from that match on our latest Weekend Review. Ahsan Naeem is joined by City Watch Podcast regulars Howard Hockin and Stefan Borson to go over all of the talking points from City’s win over Palace, plus the team previews Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

City Watch Podcast E43 - Stones Love  

The City Watch Podcast returns after yet another International break. This week's show is a bumper edition which is equal parts The Agenda and the normal City Watch Podcast. Howard Hockin is joined by Ahsan Naeem and Stephen Tudor from the Daisy Cutter to talk about a number of topics, including John Stones' treatment in the media during the international break. They discuss the atmosphere at the Etihad and the prospect of safe standing after it was revealed that Premier League clubs will discuss the idea. And finally they take a little peek at the upcoming game against Crystal Palace and wonder, "Will Kolarov play at centre half"?

Weekend Review E11 – Manchester City 1-1 Middlesbrough  

For the third consecutive home fixture in the Premier League, Manchester City were held to a draw by a team they were fancied to beat at the weekend. Middlesbrough followed Everton and Southampton in taking a point away from the Etihad, leaving Blues massively frustrated about a result that could and should have been much different. To review the weekend’s events, Ahsan Naeem is joined by Sam Lee from Goal and former Manchester City board advisor Stefan Borson. How is it that City can beat Barcelona yet fail to put Middlesbrough to the sword days later? The team discuss that and also talk about Pep’s rotation and whether that could have an impact later this season.

On The Whistle E03 - Manchester City 1-1 Middlesborough  

Adam Bailey and Howard Hockin give us their thoughts On The Whistle after an infuriating injury time equaliser sees City drop points again at the Etihad.

City Watch Podcast E42  

City Watch Podcast is celebrating it’s birthday after being founded a year ago. In today’s podcast, Scott Loney, Lloyd Scragg and Howard Hockin join host Ahsan Naeem to discuss a memorable night at the Etihad as Manchester City came out victorious over European giants Barcelona, as well as looking ahead at this weekend’s game against Middlesbrough. The podcast team take a look at the return of fan favourite Alvaro Negredo and discuss the threat that Middlesbrough pose to Manchester City as the newly promoted side come into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw against Arsenal and a victory at the hands of Bournemouth. Finally, the team talk Yaya Touré and the scenario that surrounds the Ivorian – will he finally make it back into the City team?

Champions League Review E02 - Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona  

A special Champions League Review pod looking back at a potentially historic night at the Etihad where City beat Barcelona 3 - 1. Ahsan Naeem is joined by Stephen Tudor from the Daisy Cutter and former MCFC board advisor Stefan Borson to look back at the match and wonder out loud whether that really was one of City's greatest performances "ever".

Weekend Review E10 – West Brom 0-4 Manchester City (Part 2)  

Manchester City are back to winning ways after thrashing West Brom at the weekend! After a month without a win, Pep Guardiola’s side looked closer to their best again, a timely return to form with Barcelona due in town for Tuesday night’s Champions League game. Howard Hockin is your host for our latest Weekend Review, and is joined by two very special guests – City legend Paul Lake and his wife Jo Lake. In part one, the three review the win over West Brom and discuss the latest controversial remarks by Yaya Touré’s agent. Then in part two, they preview the Barça game and Jo talks about writing David White’s upcoming biography. It’s a jam-packed podcast, so check it out and be sure to follow @CityWatchPod on Twitter!

Weekend Review E10 – West Brom 0-4 Manchester City (Part 1)  

Manchester City are back to winning ways after thrashing West Brom at the weekend! After a month without a win, Pep Guardiola’s side looked closer to their best again, a timely return to form with Barcelona due in town for Tuesday night’s Champions League game. Howard Hockin is your host for our latest Weekend Review, and is joined by two very special guests – City legend Paul Lake and his wife Jo Lake. In part one, the three review the win over West Brom and discuss the latest controversial remarks by Yaya Touré’s agent. Then in part two, they preview the Barça game and Jo talks about writing David White’s upcoming biography. It’s a jam-packed podcast, so check it out and be sure to follow @CityWatchPod on Twitter!

City Watch Podcast E41  

And so it continues. Manchester City are now winless in six and while talk of a crisis is still premature, we’re undoubtedly in a slump. Last night’s derby defeat to Manchester United meant Pep Guardiola is in the longest winless run of his managerial career, and City must turn things around fast. The derby and reasons behind City’s current slump are the main topics of this episode of the City Watch Podcast. Ahsan Naeem is joined by Lloyd Scragg, former City board adviser Stefan Borson and Sam Lee of Goal for an hour-plus discussion of the current situation. There’s plenty of praise for Spanish youngsters Pablo Maffeo and Aleix García, and we also look ahead at the next 10 fixtures. Finally, we answer more of your questions from Twitter. If you have any of your own, use the #askcw hashtag and follow @CityWatchPod.

The Agenda E11  

Howard Hockin is joined by Ahsan Naeem and Jordan Elgott for another irreverent look back at the coverage of Manchester City in the media. This week the team take on the meaty topic of sub editors and their clickbait headlines as well as the contrasting treatment of City in comparison with their counterparts in Salford and their manager.

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.

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