Targeting top spot with some friendly competition, the view from the other side and potential transfer targets… it’s your daily media round-up.
With the Premier League back in full swing and the January transfer window creeping nearer, there are plenty of topics for discussion.
As quoted in the Daily Star, the Brazilian spoke of his admiration for the Argentine ace, adding he hopes to emulate his incredible achievements at the Club.
“Sergio has broken an amazing record for City,” he declared. “I support him totally and I hope I can beat his record as soon as possible.
“I get on very well with Sergio, he’s an amazing guy.
“All of us know what type of player he is and he’s also a fantastic person.
“I’m a big fan of his and it’s great to play alongside him. When you have a good relationship off the pitch, it’s easier to bring it onto it.
“We help each other and we both fight for the shirt.”
In other news, ahead of City’s Sunday afternoon trip to Huddersfield, there’s been some pre-match talk from the Terriers.
Belgian forward Laurent Depoitre told press, including the Huddersfield Examiner, he is relishing the chance to face ‘the best players in the world’.
"I am very excited to play against Manchester City,” he stated.
"I think now they are the best club in the league and they are doing very well.
"It's going to be a good experience to play against the best players in the world.
"It's going to be a tough game, but you never know in football."
Depoitre also highlighted national teammate Kevin De Bruyne as a major threat.
"Kevin is an amazing player and for me he is one of the best in the world,” he added.
"He's very easy on the ball - left foot and right foot he has real quality.
"Passing, shooting and great vision of the game.
"It's going to be hard to stop him, but I think he is one of the key men in the midfield of Man City so if we can stop him, maybe we have a chance to do something."
Tactically-speaking, he continued: “I think we have to start the game as we did against Man United.
"We're going to play more defensively because we know they are very good on the ball and it's going to be hard to attack and if you play too open they're so good that it's going to be difficult.
"So we'll try to start the game as we did against Man U and we'll see how the game goes.
"We will be ready but they are so good that they can hurt us at every moment in the game, so we have to be ready and focused and prepared for the battle."
Elsewhere, there are a fair few snippets of transfer gossip as Sport Witness claim City are eyeing Leon Goretzka and Cenk Tosun.
On the former, they claim: “The young Schalke midfielder has a contract until the end of June, and whilst his situation with the club has improved recently, there’s still expectation he’s got his pick of several European clubs.
“Unsurprisingly, the Catalan media feel he’d prefer Barcelona to anyone else. Mundo Deportivo state Goretzka has already confirmed to ‘Catalan emissaries’ that his desire is to sign for Barcelona in the summer.
“Despite that, it’s stated the German international has also ‘recognised’ the ‘great interest’ of other clubs, including Manchester City and Arsenal.
“Just like Barcelona, Manchester City can offer a good chance of winning titles, and competing at the top of European competition. That would surely give Guardiola an edge on his rival Arsene Wenger.”
Whilst on Tosun, they report: “Besiktas board member Ahmet Urkmezgil has confirmed Manchester City watched Cenk Tosun this week during the Turkish side’s Champions League clash with FC Porto.
“Tosun has bene strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, with recent claims Newcastle United have opened talks to sign the forward.
“Despite Urkmezgil’s claims Manchester City are interested in the 26 year old, a move to the Etihad could be questioned. Signing a centre forward isn’t a priority for Pep Guardiola, who already has Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in his squad, and the Besiktas official may be trying to push up Tosun’s value by linking him Manchester City due to their financial might.”
Finally, the Alexis Sanchez saga has reared its head again, with 101 Great Goals suggesting City and PSG are to do battle for the Arsenal striker in January.
According to Jamie Brown: “PSG will make their move for Alexis Sanchez in January to beat Manchester City to his signature.
“This is expected to start a bidding war, with Pep Guardiola hoping to add Sanchez to his ranks.
“However, the Premier League leaders remain firm favourites to sign the wantaway Arsenal star.
“Alexis Sanchez is eligible to feature in the Champions League this season should he depart north London in January.
“UEFA rules allow for the Chilean to play in the knockout stage of the competition despite playing in the Europa League.
“This, of course, makes him a yet more attractive proposition for both PSG and City.”