UNITED WON’T MISS ROO

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini reckons that their fiercest rivals, Manchester United, can certainly do without the services of captain Wayne Rooney.

The 28-year-old has missed the last three matches due to suspension after picking up a straight red card against West Ham. He was seen limping at an event a few days ago, but Louis van Gaal is set to confirm that Rooney will participate in the Manchester derby. For the moment, his participation remains in doubt, but Pellegrini reckons that this is unlikely to be a major loss for United. Continue reading

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Silva confident that Chelsea cant continue form

Manchester City currently trail table leaders Chelsea by five points, but midfielder David Silva reckons that this is not a substantial gap for Jose Mourinho’s men to relax. It has been long maintained that Chelsea and Manchester City were the favourites for the title this season. However, dropped points against the likes of Arsenal and Stoke City mean that Manchester City are already five points behind Chelsea after seven matches in the season. The Premier League resumes this weekend with City taking on Tottenham at the Etihad stadium.

Ahead of this match, Silva will be aware that City could potentially drop yet more points that will put them at a major disadvantage with regards to retaining their title. He has attempted the old ploy of getting into the minds of the opposition by suggesting that Chelsea do not have it all their way in the remainder of the campaign. Jose Mourinho’s team are against Crystal Palace this weekend at Selhurst Park, which is a place where they dropped three points last season. Chelsea usually struggle to get the rhythm going after an international break, but this season they appear to be a confident bunch.

After moving into a new training ground facility that has been created at the cost of more than £ 200 million, Silva will be hoping to get three points against Spurs. “Chelsea have made great transfers, they have a great team, a great squad. But it doesn’t mean things are going to be easy, especially in England. He wanted to score but he was unlucky. He has scored today and we hope that he can keep the goals coming,” said the Spanish midfielder about Chelsea and their top scoring centre forward, Diego Costa. Mourinho has hinted that Costa may be unavailable this weekend against Palace due to injury concerns.

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City suffer disappointment

Manchester City suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich but they came very close to getting a result at the Allianz Arena. Manuel Pellegrini criticised the seeding system of UEFA just before the match after City were once again drawn up against Bayern in the group stages of the Champions League. However, it was much better performance from the Premier League outfit than in previous seasons after the almost snatched a draw only to be beaten by a late goal from their former player, Jerome Boateng. The 1-0 win for Bayern gives them a great start to the campaign.

There are few doubts about the ability of the German club to withstand the City team that has been improving a lot in recent years. After winning the league title two times in the last three seasons, City would have been hoping to have much better than their recent visits to this ground. However, they were coming up against a Bayern Munich team that has failed to win only one of their competitive matches this season. The 1-1 draw with Schalke stands out from the rest of the crowd, as it remains the only match were Guardiola’s Bayern Munich failed to win.

After the match, Guardiola praised his team by saying that they showed a lot of desire to get this victory. “Everybody is happy we have our first three points in this hard group. We had many chances against a very good team. At the start we had some problem with the possession. We then switched from three at the back to four at the back and it got better. You have to understand that Rafinha and Benatia have played very little recently. They played well and showed big heart,” said Guardiola, who was once linked with the managerial job at City.

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Cleverly Believes That His Future Is looking up

Tom Cleverley believes that being given the opportunity to skipper Manchester United in the pre-season friendly match against the Italian club Roma is a sign that his future at Old Trafford under the new management is not gloomy as it was under the previous management.

Cleverley did not have a memorable Premier League at all in 2013-14 as his form was off. He was not used well either. Despite being a specialist midfielder, he was asked to play at other positions making the job even more difficult for him. Towards the end of the season, he fell out of favour completely.

Because of him not playing regularly for the Red Devils in the second half of the previous season, Roy Hodgson, despite being his admirer, had to overlook him for the World Cup inBrazil.

All in all, it was a season in which all the things went in the wrong direction for the 24-year old playmaker.

Cleverley was not even certain to stay at Old Trafford this summer. Everton was interested to get him in and there were suggestions that Louis Van Gaal should let him go, but, that hasn’t happened.

Van Gaal, after taking charge, has actually shown quite a bit of faith in Cleverley playing him regularly in the pre-season games and the English midfielder has repaid too by performing well.

If the reports are to be believed, the Red Devils now might be offering Cleverley a contract extension pretty soon.

Talking to the reporters about the stick that he got from the Manchester United fans last season, Cleverley said, “Criticism, if anything, makes you stronger mentally. Every player gets criticized. You can’t keep thinking about that. You just have to move on.”

Cleverley has so far played 54 league matches for United and has scored 3 goals.

 

 

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Pellegrini Manages To Join Elites

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini managed to become one of the few managers English football history to have won the Premier League title in his first season in charge of a club in England. Not only did they lead City to the title, but he also made them exciting to watch. This was a remarkable turnaround from the days of Roberto Mancini, whose teams were criticised for not playing good football sometimes. Kit man Les Chapman has revealed that Pellegrini has not only made the squad as winners, but also brought about a new atmosphere with the team.

He says that Pellegrini has made the atmosphere at the club extremely likeable. City will be starting the new season as favourites for the title, while they will be targeting an entry into the semifinals or finals of the Champions League. This was one of the disappointing aspects of last campaign, as City failed to progress past the last 16 of the Champions League. They came up against one of the top teams in the world, Barcelona. However, this may not be an excuse for the coming campaign since this team has already won the league title twice in the last three years.

Chapman says that the current City squad believes that they can win the league title once again. “How do Mancini and Pellegrini differ? Well, [Pellegrini] actually speaks, which is more than the previous one did. He is a cool guy, a gentleman and says hello. It’s certainly a lot happier dressing room,” said Chapman. Apart from winning the league title, City also won the League Cup last season. The club has made some crucial signings in the summer, which will help them overcome the limitations imposed by UEFA with respect to spending and the amount of losses they can make.

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