Transfer news: City a 'likely' destination for Haaland, published at07:08
Manchester City, along with Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich, is one of the most likely destinations for Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Braut Haaland, with Real Madrid set to miss out on the 21-year-old. (AS - in Spanish), external
Brighton v Manchester City: Last time out, published at15:06 21 October
Brighton host Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend - but what happened when the two teams last met in the top flight?
Brighton came back from two goals down to beat the newly-crowned champions Manchester City 3-2 at Amex Stadium in their penultimate match of the 2020-21 season in May.
Ilkay Gundogan scored a second-minute opener but City were a man down after 10 minutes following a red card for Joao Cancelo.
Phil Foden's superb solo effort put the visitors 2-0 up - but Leandro Trossard gave Brighton hope before Adam Webster headed the hosts level and Dan Burn sent the home fans into raptures with the winner after 76 minutes.
Brighton v Man City: What does the form show?, published at12:16 21 October
Each of Brighton’s last three Premier League games have finished level, with their last two finishing 0-0. Since their promotion to the competition in 2017, the Seagulls have had more draws (53) and more goalless draws (19) than any other side in the competition.
Since their 3-2 defeat against Brighton in May, Manchester City have conceded just three further goals in their nine Premier League games (won six, drawn two, lost one), keeping seven clean sheets in that run. Including that loss at Brighton, each of the Citizens’ last seven goals conceded in the competition have come in the second half of games.
Between them, City (12) and Brighton (21) have faced the fewest shots on target in the Premier League this season, while they are also two of the three sides to have the lowest xG against totals in the competition this term (City 4.8, Brighton 8.1).
Sterling's sights on Brighton, published at11:11 21 October
History made as Richards makes MOTD top 10, published at16:17 20 October
This week represents a landmark moment in the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast - Micah Richards has made it on to a list!
Yes, in the latest episode, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Richards himself are ranking the greatest Premier League full-backs - with the former Manchester City defender just about making the cut in 10th place.
The former England international came through the youth ranks at City and helped them to glory in the FA Cup in 2010-11 and their first Premier League title the season after.
A current Manchester City player also makes the list. Kyle Walker is ranked fifth by Richards and sixth by Shearer.
Richards on Richards: "If I had stayed fit, I fancy myself against any of the others on this list, I really do. All-round, maybe not the modern-day full-back. But I didn't stay fit enough."
Shearer on Richards: "Yeah, but for the injuries, Micah would have been right up there."
Richards on Walker: "People say 'but if he didn't have pace...' - but he does have pace and he knows how to use it. I know over the years he has made mistakes that people hang on to but look at his consistency, his improvement... and he has medals now."
Does Sterling face a tough decision?, published at14:17 20 October
Raheem Sterling featured from the bench for Manchester City in their Champions League win at Club Bruges and his place in Pep Guardiola's plans continues to be a point of debate.
Sterling has scored just once so far this season and the England forward has found himself being rotated as Guardiola looks to use the abundance of attacking talent at his disposal.
"You should be disappointed you are not playing and that's a good thing," former Everton and Chelsea winger Pat Nevin told BBC Sounds' Football Daily podcast.
"But it's a hard decision to make. It's a short career, it doesn't last a long time. Sterling and others are at the peak of their game and they are not playing football.
"There is a part of me that thinks I don't know how I could cope with that. I know it's one of the best teams around but I'd be thinking 'I just want to play football'. I think that's a really difficult moment and eventually you have to make those decisions.
"I personally hope Raheem stays and there will be enough games this season but it is hard for a player. If any player said 'I have to leave', never would I complain about him doing that."
'Palmer is top class and special', published at13:07 20 October
Manchester City's Cole Palmer scored his first Champions League goal in the win at Club Bruges and the 19-year-old's name is now on the lips of many.
Palmer curled home City's fourth goal from the edge of the box in a 5-1 canter and his display earned praise, external from boss Pep Guardiola as well as plenty of impressed pundits.
Former Chelsea and Everton winger Pat Nevin told BBC Sounds' Football Daily podcast: "Every now and then a player comes along and you think right, it's not 'maybe he will break through' it's 'when'.
"He is absolutely a top-class player in the making. Great vision and his energy is fantastic. If at that age you can walk into that Man City team and look perfectly at home, you are special, absolutely special.
"I've not seen all parts of his game yet. This is the second time I have seen him live. It's a lovely feeling to know he's on the cusp. City fans will know but other fans who haven't seen him, what a joy you have here, it doesn't happen too often. I'm really going to look forward to the next months and years of his career."
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King Cole and Joao the Great, published at09:21 20 October
Mike Minay, BBC Radio Manchester
That was a bit of a statement from Manchester City for many reasons.
Joao Cancelo turned what was an average-at-best performance against Burnley into an outstanding one against Club Bruges. He is showing why he's so valuable in a Pep Guardiola team. The goal - from his chest control to the decisive shot - sensational.
Phil Foden has got to be one of the hottest properties on the planet right now. His ability across the midfield and front line is mesmeric. Touch, pace, skill, precision, vision.
Cole Palmer will follow the path of Foden. The 19-year-old is getting increasingly more game time - and when he gets it, he takes it. His first senior goal against Wycombe last month was matched against Bruges with a lovely finish from outside the box, tucked around the goalkeeper. Again, blessed with pace and drive, I look forward to watching his development.
As for the performance, it's put them in control of finishing top of the group. It was a win they needed. Pep should be happy.
Club Bruges 1-5 Man City: The pick of the stats, published at08:22 20 October
Manchester City have won 35 of their 53 matches in the Champions League under Pep Guardiola (drawn seven, lost 11), with only Bayern Munich (39) winning more games in the competition since the Spaniard took over in 2016-17.
Club Bruges have failed to win any of their past 13 matches against English sides in Europe (drawn three, lost 10) since beating Chelsea at home in the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1995 – they have conceded 35 goals across those 13 games.
This was the 19th time a Guardiola side has scored five or more goals in a Champions League match, more than twice as many times as any other manager's sides have done (Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson, eight).
Club Bruges 1-5 Man City: Guardiola urges patience over Palmer, published at22:58 19 October
Judging by his latest comments, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola must be as good a chef as he is a football manager.
After watching 19-year-old Cole Palmer become the latest City academy graduate to grab the headlines by scoring his first Champions League goal against Club Bruges on Tuesday, Guardiola compared player development to cooking.
"The people in this world want things immediately, quick, but everything needs time," he said.
"You cannot cook a good dish if you don't spend time in the kitchen. So, take time."
Palmer had only been on the pitch for two minutes when he produced a brilliant finish for City's fourth in their 5-1 win in Belgium.