A new era dawns on Manchester City. With the final piece of City’s Barcelona-shaped puzzle in place, there’s a feeling that a dominant mark in English football history is about to be made. Manchester City, with all their resources and facilities, now have possibly the finest coach in world football.
There’s certainly a lot to get giddy about. But first, current coach Manuel Pellegrini and his side welcome a Leicester City team that unbelievably still sit top of the league with fourteen Premier League games to go.
We invited Chris Whiting back on City Watch ahead of the title showdown.
The last time we spoke you told me you didn’t see Leicester keeping their place at the summit. Where would a Leicester Premier League title win rank in all time Premier League moments?
In truth, I think it would be the greatest achievement of the Premier League era!
The amount of money at the top of English football these days is incredible and to see us leading the way, having spent very very little, is a modern day footballing miracle.
I have to ask; what have you made of Pep Guardiola’s appointment?
Guardiola is a fascinating appointment and I’m really looking forward to seeing him work his magic in the league next season. Of course, the Premier League is a different prospect to continental Europe and I’m not convinced he’ll get everything his own way.
Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy appear to be back in form. Which one deserves the PFA Player of the Year award?
Honestly, it’s a blessing to have this debate at all. You would have to give the Vardy the accolade given his tremendous scoring run, his meteoric rise through the leagues and *that* goal against Liverpool.
Mahrez has been a revelation too but there have been less instances of Vardy failing to perform in individual games this season. In truth, I would be more inclined to through N’Golo Kanté’s name in to the ring too.
Prediction for the game?
1-1. I have to start dreaming now, right? A point would be a great result. We’ve been playing better in the last two matches than we have all season. Let’s hope, for our sake, that the Pep sideshow serves as a distraction!
Thanks for coming on, Chris. All the best (worst) with the rest of your season.