The Premier League has often been called the most exciting league in the world, and with good reason. Last weekend’s results mean that Premier League champions Manchester City now trail Champions League holders Liverpool by 8 points after 8 games. Man City fans went into meltdown last weekend as Wolves beat Man City at the Etihad Stadium, courtesy of a rare double from the fleet-footed winger, Adama Traore. The defeat means that City have already conceded nine goals this season, one fewer than 12th placed Manchester United and three fewer than league leaders, Liverpool.
Having already dropped points against Tottenham and Norwich earlier this season, Pep Guardiola finds himself with the unenviable task of catching up to Liverpool, who now enjoy a run of 17 Premier League wins on the trot, just one short of United’s record of 18. Pep Guardiola will welcome the international break with open arms this weekend. He will, however, also be hoping to welcome back his players from the international break without picking up any injuries. Man City already have Aymeric Laporte, Benjamin Mendy, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and John Stones out injured, with the loss of Laporte being keenly felt across City’s backline. Here’s a look at the Man City players on international duty this weekend.
Prolific winger Raheem Sterling is back with the England squad for their Euro Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Elsewhere, Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez is back on international duty as Algeria look to continue their unbeaten run in 2019 with friendlies against DR Congo and Colombia.
Nicolas Otamendi is called up to the Argentina squad to face Germany and Ecuador in friendlies, with striker Sergio Aguero enjoying some rest, having played the whole of 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Wolves.
Ederson and Gabriel Jesus have been called up to the Brazil squad for the friendlies against Senegal and Nigeria. Fun fact, Gabriel Jesus is 2 goals short of reaching 20 goals for his country.
Reserve goalkeeper Claudio Bravo joins up with the Chile squad to face Colombia and Guinea in friendlies.
Ilkay Gundogan joins the Germany squad as the lone City player, as he gears up to face City teammates Ederson and Gabriel Jesus in a friendly.
Bernardo Silva gets a call up to the Portugal squad. Joao Cancelo, however, sits this one out, having been in fine form for City in the last couple of games.
Fernandinho’s successor, Rodrigo, makes his way to the Spain squad as La Roja look to maintain their perfect start in Euro 2020’s Group F Qualifiers.
Oleksandr Zinchenko gets a call up from Andriy Shevchenko for Ukraine’s Qualifiers against Lithuania and Portugal.