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Transfer Rater: Ben Davies to Man City


Pep Guardiola must adapt at Man City, as Tottenham show the way forward

The FC crew criticise Pep Guardiola's inflexibility to adapt his tactics to suit his club as well as the Prem style.

It was, undoubtedly, good management by Pep Guardiola to release the pressure valve on his Manchester City squad by allowing his players to attend a private screening of newly-released musical screenplay La La Land on Wednesday.

With Guardiola's intensity regarded by many, both within the club and outside it, as something which is as much a weakness as a strength, the City manager's decision to flick the off switch and take his players' minds off football for two hours can only be a good thing....

Tottenham's defence offers a blueprint for Guardiola, Man City to emulate

Kyle Walker and Danny Rose
Tottenham's Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are the Premier League's gold standard when it comes to full-back tandems.

The scorelines were the same, the emotions very different. Manchester City's and Tottenham's last games each finished 4-0. City were eviscerated at Everton, while Spurs were superb against West Bromwich Albion. They meet Saturday with Pep Guardiola's defence having been breached four times in their latest outing and Mauricio Pochettino's having let in just four goals in eight Premier League games.

Tottenham have the division's best defensive record. City have conceded four more goals than 16th-place...

 By John Crace

Holding on to young stars like Rose is first step in Spurs' rise to Prem power

With their most recent show-stopping win, the FC boys debate the strengths of Spurs squad and their title credentials.

It was bound to happen. When a team is playing as well as Tottenham are, then bigger clubs are going to come looking. This week it's been reported that Manchester City are planning a bid for Danny Rose in the summer.

It would have been far more newsworthy if Pep Guardiola had said he had no interest in the Spurs left-back. Rose has been -- by some distance -- the best left-back in the Premier League all season. His pace and crossing ability have terrified opponents, while at the same time becoming...

 By Michael Cox

Eden Hazard, Roberto Firmino and Christian Eriksen: The PL's key players

Alexis Nunes and Janusz Michallik look at their picks for the key players of the top five teams in the Prem this season.

With four months of the Premier League season remaining, there's everything to play for at both ends of the table: a single point separates the bottom four, and six sides are still in the running for the four Champions League places.

Who will be each side's decisive player between now and May? Here's our pick for every team.

Chelsea: Diego Costa has dominated the headlines for both positive and negative reasons, but Eden Hazard has been absolutely magnificent this season. Few other Premier League...

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Harry Kane earns unanimous pick atop Player Power Rankings with hat trick

Paul Mariner evaluates the top ten players from the weekend of football, with Harry Kane's hat trick earning him top spot.

Also receiving votes: Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Marco Borriello (Cagliari), Pedro (Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic rescues Paul Pogba and Man Utd, and not for the first time

The FC panel feel the 1-1 result was fair for Man United and Liverpool, but think Paul Pogba certainly didn't help matters.
As Man United's unbeaten streak continues with a draw vs. Liverpool, Paul Mariner thinks they will truly push for top four.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic would have preferred a win for Man United, but is happy to have helped come away with a point.

Ever since he descended from the footballing heavens this past summer to become the self-proclaimed "God of Manchester," it was generally assumed that United's season would hinge on whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 35-year-old body could keep his ego's promises.

After 10 matches, the answer seemed similar to the one Fernando Torres gave to Chelsea as His Zlatan-ness managed to billow the net a whopping total of four times -- or half as many as, say, Diego Costa (remember him?) managed during the...