Lyon appears to have had a change of heart regarding Rayan Cherki, potentially opening the door for Chelsea to make another bid for the French talent. Cherki, who has been with Lyon since the age of 16, emerged onto the senior team. Speaking about the young Frenchman, Grosso expressed awareness of Cherki’s extraordinary potential and the hope that he can consistently deliver strong performances.
Kalvin Phillips, formerly of Leeds, expressed a desire for more playing time to secure a spot in Euro 2024. However, since making this statement, he has only seen limited action with Manchester City. With just seven minutes on the pitch, including one appearance as a substitute at Young Boys, it is becoming increasingly important for Phillips to make a decision about his future. Upcoming matches against Bournemouth and Young Boys at home could play a decisive role in his next move. If he cannot secure a spot in the starting lineup for these games, it may be time to seek a January transfer.
Manchester City’s incredible home record is worth noting, as they have not lost at the Etihad in 21 matches since the beginning of the year.
They are pursuing a few records, including six more Premier League wins to surpass a club record from the Roberto Mancini era and a record dating back to 1892 when Sunderland achieved 24 consecutive wins in all competitions.
Erling Haaland, who had a somewhat slow start to the season, is beginning to regain his scoring form with five goals in his last three games. Bournemouth was one of the few teams to avoid conceding against Haaland at the Etihad last season, but they will need to be cautious, as he is in a potent scoring form.
In the early stages of the campaign, gaining points is crucial, as there are five teams at the top of the table within five points of each other, leaving Newcastle in sixth place. These early games are vital for building a foundation for the later stages of the season, helping teams stay at the top or avoid falling behind.