Sky Sports pundit makes Man City and Kevin de Bruyne claims
Manchester City may have suffered a minor dent to their hopes of leading the way through the early part of the season but one Sky Sports pundit is fully confident in the Blues.
Arsenal legend turned pundit Paul Merson has not only backed City to respond from their 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening but potentially go unbeaten during the Premier League 2019/20 campaign.
Pep Guardiola ‘s squad began the new campaign by strolling to a 5-0 victory on the road at West Ham earlier this month but didn’t find it so easy at the Etihad Stadium when Mauricio Pochettino‘s men came to town.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring only for Erik Lamela to equalise, before Sergio Aguero restored the Blues’ advantage.
But Lucas Moura’s second-half header and a heavily debated VAR decision which ruled out Gabriel Jesus’ late strike ended up costing City two valuable points.
The likes of Liverpool and Arsenal have jumped above the Blues at this early stage in the season but Merson insists that the reigning champions have no issues to worry about and even showed how dominant they will be this term during the draw.
“Let’s be honest, it is not like Spurs went there and ripped Man City apart! They could play 75 per cent as good as they did on Saturday and still win the league comfortably,” Merson told Sky Sports .
“It was an absolute battering! And all City will be taking away from that is: there is nothing wrong with us. If I were Tottenham, they just got over the line against Villa and let’s be honest, they got rinsed on Saturday. And if that had ended up six or seven, Tottenham would not have complained, they could not have moaned.
“City do not have to tweak anything if they carry on playing like that. You cannot see anybody beating them.”
Kevin de Bruyne, who sat out much of last season due to injury, starred at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and Merson is predicting more of the same this time around.
“Last season, Kevin De Bruyne did not play a lot and they still won the league and now you are talking about a player who would walk into every other team in the league, if not the world,” Merson added.
“There is nothing wrong with City, they played very, very well and they were making Tottenham look very, very average on Saturday and believe me, they are not an average team, they are a very good side. And that just puts it in perspective.”