Gary Neville to Manchester City: Winter is coming

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Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has warned Manchester City that they wiill be in trouble if they don’t improve on their mid season performance levels as witnessed in the last two Premier League campaigns.

Manchester City have been spectacular in the first 10 games of the Premier League season thus far, claiming 28 points from nine wins and a single draw, blowing away oppositions in the process.

City have scored 35 goals and are at an average of 3.5 goals per game, and comfortably sit 5 points above closest title challengers and perennial city rivals Manchester United.

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This is not a surprise, as City have averaged 2.3 points per game in the first three months of the last two Premier League seasons, before dropping to 1.6 and 1.7 respectively in the periods of November, December and January.

This has prompted Gary Neville to point out that the Citizens will struggle yet again this season if they do not correct their mistakes.

“They are at an outstandingly high level,” he told Sky Sports. “They can only stop themselves. I mention the words robustness and resilience.

“I look at the winter months and it seems like an old cliche – can you go away to Stoke and that sort of garbage – but there’s a little bit more to it than that.

“If you look at Manchester City’s last two seasons, one under Manuel Pellegrini and one under Guardiola, and you look at November, December and January. They probably would have won two titles in those two seasons if they’d have maintained their championship-winning level.

“If they drop to that level in November, December and January again then they’ll be in trouble. Those months are tough, the toughest months; I don’t care what anybody says [to the contrary].

“They’re the toughest months to play football – the games, the weather, the injuries, the stockpile of fixtures, the Champions League, the Christmas period.

“Can they get through to February, March and April when the weather gets better again and it’s an easier time of year to play football?

 

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