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Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Manchester City

20 September 2018

The Bluebirds host the reigning Premier League champions this Saturday afternoon.

Our opponents

Manchester City are currently managed by former Barcelona & Bayern Munich head coach, Pep Guardiola. The 47-year-old joined the Citizens in 2016 and has since won three different major honours at the club. This includes the EFL Cup, Premier League title and FA Community Shield; which were all won this calendar year.

Founded in 1894, the Citizens have won an impressive 29 trophies. Perhaps the most impressive was their glorious Premier League title win last campaign. The club set records for most points [100], most wins [32] and most goals [106]. Certainly a season to remember for the Manchester City faithful!

After five games, the current reigning champions have started the season unbeaten and sit third in the table; behind Chelsea and Liverpool. In their last outing they comfortably defeated Fulham 3-0 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, September 15th. Leroy Sané, David Silva and Raheem Sterling scored for the hosts.

Last Time Out: Cardiff City 0-2 Manchester City (28/01/18)

Neil Warnock’s side faced Manchester City for an FA Cup Fourth Round clash at Cardiff City Stadium. This was the first time the sides met each other in South Wales since our famous 3-2 Premier League triumph against the club on Sunday, August 25th, 2013.

Guardiola fielded a full strength side to take on the Bluebirds. The visitors started brightly and took the lead in the opening exchanges through Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne. His low free-kick travelled under the wall to reach the back of the net, with eight minutes played. The lead was doubled by former Liverpool wide-man Sterling. His header from close rounded off the scoring shortly before half time.

The Bluebirds did have their own chances though with Junior Hoilett coming the closest. His powerfully-struck volley from range was almost fumbled over the line by Claudio Bravo. However, the visitors proved to be extremely resilient at the back; a prime example of their form at the time.

Club Connections

Cardiff City currently have two Irish First Team players who have worn the two shades of blue. Goalkeeper Brian Murphy began his professional career in Manchester in 2000. The well-travelled shot-stopper didn’t make a senior appearance for the side due to stiff competition from the likes of David Seaman, Nicky Weaver and Carlo Nash.

New summer signing Greg Cunningham also started his professional career with Manchester City. The defender made two Premier League appearances in 2009/10.

Cardiff-born Craig Bellamy also had stints with both clubs. The Welshman joined Manchester City in 2009 and scored 15 goals in 51 games across two seasons. However the 2010/11 season saw the forward join his home city on a season long-loan. Bellamy also signed permanently for the Bluebirds in 2012 before retiring in 2014. In total, our former number 39 notched 17 goals in 90 games during two spells at CCS and was instrumental to a 2012/13 Championship winning squad.

Robbie Fowler is another name to have played for the Bluebirds. The renowned striker scored 28 goals in 92 games for the Citizens between 2002-06. However in July 2007, Fowler joined Cardiff City after spending two seasons prior back at Liverpool. Despite injury set-backs, the striker scored six times in sixteen appearances. This included memorable back-to-back braces against Preston North End [22/09/07] and West Bromwich Albion [25/09/07].

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 0-5 Manchester City

22 September 2018

Pep Guardiola’s side took all three points at a wet and windy Cardiff City Stadium, showing just why they stormed to the Premier League title last season with a superb display against the Bluebirds.

Neil Warnock made two changes to the starting line-up that faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out; Lee Peltier replaced Sol Bamba, with Bruno Ecuele Manga moving into the centre of defence. Greg Cunningham also came in for his first Premier League start of the season, with Joe Bennett moving to the bench, after a knock in training. Manchester City, who lost to Lyon in the Champions League earlier this week, made three changes, with Nicolas Otamendi, Leroy Sané and Sergio Agüero returning to the starting eleven.

The reigning champions were not fazed by the poor weather conditions, moving the ball smoothly, as usual. However, the Bluebirds came out of the traps full of energy, and restricted the away side to few chances in the opening half an hour. The visitors went close through Sané; the German’s cross was poked towards his own goal by Peltier. Fortunately, Manga was on hand to turn the goalward ball over the bar for a corner. Ilkay Gündogan also went close as the game began to open up, but he fired over the bar from inside the box.

The Bluebirds threatened at the other end, with Junior Hoilett and Bobby Decordova-Reid linking up well. From the corner of the box, Reid’s attempt to find Danny Ward at the back post was intercepted by Otamendi at the last second. However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock after thirty-two minutes, with the prolific Agüero on target. Bernardo Silva’s low ball found the striker, who made no mistake from twelve yards, slotting low into the bottom corner on his three-hundredth appearance for the Citizens.

City doubled their advantage a few minutes later, with Silva turning from provider to goalscorer. From a short corner, the Portuguese midfielder stooped low to get a header on goal. The looping connection flew towards the back post, and dipped under the crossbar to extend City’s advantage. The opposition showed their class and dominated possession until the end of the half, adding a third just before the break. After a flowing passing move, Gündogan unleashed an unstoppable shot which flew into the top corner, leaving Neil Etheridge with no chance, and sending the teams in at the break with a comfortable advantage for the away side.

The second period began much like the first, with a slow tempo and few chances. The pace of the game was not helped by a lengthy stoppage caused when Peltier went off injured, after some heroic last ditch defending. Decordova-Reid had the best chance of the half for the Bluebirds, but couldn’t quite connect with a lofted ball over the back four. Guardiola's men soon clicked into action, with Agüero and Sané going close from corner kicks. Etheridge was called into action a few minutes later, making a vital block to deny Raheem Sterling a certain tap in.

The lead was extended soon afterwards, as the visitors scored from an almost identical chance. A low ball across the box was perfectly place, with substitute Riyad Mahrez arriving to slot the ball in at the back post. The Champions League outfit continued to impress, with Etheridge doing well to keep out Sterling’s free-kick. The stopper was required once again late on when Phil Foden burst through on goal, but Etheridge got down well to save the young substitute’s powerful drive.

City added a fifth late on in cruel fashion, when the dangerous Mahrez picked up a loose pass on the edge of the area and fired into the bottom corner with pinpoint accuracy.

The Bluebirds battled all afternoon despite the tough defeat, and now face Burnley at home on Sunday, September 30th in their next Premier League fixture.

FINAL SCORE: CARDIFF CITY 0-5 MANCHESTER CITY

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier (Richards 51’), Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Cunningham, Ralls, Arter, Camarasa, Hoilett (J.Murphy 75’), Decordova-Reid, Ward (Zohore 63’). Subs not used: B. Murphy, Bamba, Bennett, Richards, Paterson.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Delph, Gündogan (Foden 69’), Fernandinho (Stones 74’), B.Silva, Sané, Sterling, Agüero (Mahrez 61’). Subs not used: Muric, Kompany, D.Silva, Jesus.

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