Sky Blue News: VVD vs Haaland, Ake Off Limits, Shearer backs Kane, and More…


The weekend is upon us and Manchester City or prepping for his or her Sunday go to to Liverpool. Sky Blue News has all the newest to get you prepared for the journey to Anfield.

Virgil Van Dijk tells Liverpool FC teammates how to stop Erling Haaland and Man City – Joe Bray – Manchester Evening News

VVD is aware of it’ll be a tall order to maintain Haaland off the rating sheet in consecutive matches.

Van Dijk and his teammates efficiently stored Haaland out in his first home look for City again in August as Liverpool beat the Blues within the Community Shield, however he has scored an unimaginable 20 objectives in 12 appearances since then. And Van Dijk feels that preliminary criticism of Haaland after that clean at first of the season was by no means going to face the check of time — and he had defended Haaland himself after the sport at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

“It’s definitely not easy – he’s been on fire, you can’t say anything else,” Van Dijk stated on Wednesday of stopping Haaland, in dialog with TV2.


The City legend sees each side of this particular person battle being prepared.

Speaking on Tuesday’s newest version of Matchday Live, Goater insists each will likely be eyeing victory within the match and, additionally, in their very own particular person tussle out on the pitch.

He stated: “Virgil van Dijk isn’t fairly at his greatest in the meanwhile however should you love the sport, you wish to see the 2 greatest gamers going through up to one another. You wish to see the good groups going through one another once they’re each in kind.

“But I feel it’s a kind of video games the place Virgil van Dijk himself, it doesn’t matter what kind he’s in, he needs to be elevating his bar again to his greatest to say: ‘Today Haaland ain’t scoring. City ain’t scoring.’ He will likely be up for that.

“But on the identical time, Haaland will likely be considering ‘It’s about time they find out about me, by way of in the event that they don’t already know, they’re going to know’.

Manchester City uninterested in selling Nathan Ake – Raman –

Despite reported curiosity, it appears like Man City will likely be conserving their Dutch Center Half at the least via the tip of the season.

Ake has emerged as one of many essential gamers in Man City’s backline, and the membership needs a continuation. As speak of a £45 million transfer accelerated, every little thing appeared agreed between the golf equipment. However, Guardiola insisted on conserving the 27-year-old, and the transfer has paid dividends this season.

Ake has discovered himself enjoying extra video games than earlier than, and there’s belief positioned in him by Guardiola. Many thought-about Ake to fall down the pecking order after the late arrival of Manuel Akanji. Still, the Dutchman is seemingly forward of Aymeric Laporte and Ruben Dias within the pecking order.

Moreover, the fixed health points with John Stones have performed nicely for Ake, who has grabbed his likelihood with each palms. He is inching in direction of turning into an computerized starter; therefore, the membership is tired of entertaining affords.

Rumours of curiosity from PSG and Bayern Munich have come round within the media. Man City stays uninterested. Ake has a contract till 2025, which places the membership in a wonderful place to be relaxed in regards to the state of affairs.

Man City tell Nathan Ake suitors that he is ‘not for sale’ in January – Graeme Bailey – 90min

And Ake let or not it’s identified he’s happy along with his present state of affairs.

Italian giants Inter have been linked in latest weeks, and sources have confirmed to 90min that they aren’t the one membership to ask about Ake. We perceive that Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are additionally among the many golf equipment to investigate.

But City don’t have any intention of listening to affords for Ake, who himself in latest days has made it identified that he’s more than pleased to stick with the membership following the collapse of his summer season swap again to Stamford Bridge.

“In the end I’m happy to be here,” stated Ake. “Sometimes this stuff occur [transfer links and rumours] and ultimately I’m very glad that I stayed. You must study, and I’ve realized lots through the years. It’s attention-grabbing and I needed to get used to it within the first season however now I do know it.

Alan Shearer makes bold Harry Kane and Erling Haaland claim amid fundamental Spurs difference – Lewis Pangratiou – Football.London

The greatest daring predictions are those that may’t be disproven.

If Haaland doesn’t endure an harm, he may break a number of information earlier than the season is out. Shearer justifiably believes he’s a sensational participant however he additionally thinks Kane would produce related numbers if he performed below Pep Guardiola.

“It could all have been very different if Pep Guardiola got his way last season and they’d signed Harry Kane,” he wrote in The Athletic. “There may not have been room for Haaland and he could have been finishing up these unimaginable goalscoring feats some place else. But if Harry was on this City staff, he could be scoring as many objectives as Erling has.

“This is dreamland for any high ahead. I’ve stated all of it alongside — a high goalscorer on this City staff ought to rating 40 objectives. If Erling stays match then he’ll get that and possibly even some extra.

Alan Shearer even cites xG as he claims Kane would score Haaland numbers at Man City – Sarah Winterburn – Football365

Old Alan even introduced out the superior statistics to again his declare.

Shearer then goes on to quote xG, saying: ‘So far this season, Erling’s xG — the variety of objectives he could be anticipated to attain from the standard of probabilities he’s had — within the Premier League is 9, whereas Harry’s is 6.1.

‘The non-penalty difference is even more stark: 8.2 vs 4.5. Digging down further, Erling’s non-penalty xG per shot is 0.22, whereas Harry’s is 0.15. In brief, Harry is being supplied with lower-quality probabilities than Erling.’

What Shearer neglects to say is that Haaland has nonetheless contrived to attain 5.8 extra non-penalty objectives than his xG, whereas Kane is ‘only’ over-scoring by 2.5 objectives. Both are having wonderful seasons nevertheless it’s clear that the Norwegian is really excelling.

‘If you put Harry in that City team, they would encourage him to stay up top more rather than coming deep to get involved in the game. I don’t assume they’d have taken that away from him completely, however they’d need him to be extra of a focus,’ continued Shearer.

Champions League 2022-23 Power Rankings: Barcelona & Juventus plummet as Mbappe drama leads to PSG drop – Stephen Darwin –

And lastly… The newest UCL Power Rankings are out and your Sky Blues stay within the high spot after their draw with Copenhagen.

1. Manchester City

Last time: 1st

No Erling Haaland, no get together for City in Copenhagen on an evening when refereeing choices took centre stage.

A degree away at Dortmund subsequent day out will likely be sufficient to substantiate them as group winners. If Haaland performs, count on them to do the enterprise.

There you might have it Cityzens. Two brief days till Liverpool v City. Stay with Bitter and Blue for all the newest.

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