Manchester City will have their hands full in the upcoming month of April. On the first day of the month they face Liverpool. The Reds have not been up to par this season but remain Manchester City’s bogey side in recent times.
Pep Guardiola’s side will look to set the tone for the month on a positive note. Anything less than three points against Liverpool is not going to satisfy the Citizens, who are eight points adrift of Arsenal in the league table with a match in hand.
City also have the Champions League quarterfinal clash with European giants Bayern Münich, followed by the FA Cup semifinal and the potential title-decider against Arsenal in the last week of April.
How will the upcoming month pan out for Manchester City?
The clash of giants between Man City and Bayern Münich
Despite all of Guardiola’s domestic success with Manchester City, his failure to win the Champions League with them remains a shortcoming on his wonderful resumé. His task is not going to easy this season either with the formidable Bayern, who have taken down Barcelona and PSG, waiting for them in the quarters.
Bayern are yet to lose a match in their home ground this season and undoubtedly have one of the strongest sides in club football. Getting the better of them over the course of two legs is going to be a daunting task for City, and they cannot afford to have a depleted side for that match.
Guardiola will need to have the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Erling Haaland, Bernardo Silva, and Riyad Mahrez fit and firing against Bayern. Guardiola might rest some or all of them against Southampton during the weekend before the UCL clash.
Haaland’s form has been a big plus for City, as the Norwegian striker has already scored a staggering 42 goals this season in all competitions.
It remains to be seen what Guardiola’s rotation policy is exactly going to be like in the next few weeks.
Arsenal vs Man City: the PL title decider?
Manchester City will know the fate of their clash with Bayern by the time they face Arsenal in an all-important Premier League fixture on the 26th of April. Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Portuguese side Sporting CP earlier this month.
Hence, Mikel Arteta’s squad are likely to be fresher for their match against City. The pressure will be on City to win and close the gap on the Gunners.
It is difficult to predict any match in football, as we do not know what twists and turns will take place leading up to the match.
However, it can be said without any doubt that Arsenal will not give up their chase for the title easily. They have a serious chance of winning their first league title in almost two decades and City will have to do something special in order to prevent them from doing so.
The month of April is going to feature a number of tests for the most successful English club in the past decade. Football lovers will be waiting in anticipation to see the outcome of those mouthwatering fixtures.