Manchester City made history in the 2015-16 season by qualifying for the Champions League semi-final for the first time in their history.
Up until now, the club has faced numerous disappointments especially in European competitions. One of the best records they had in Europe was reaching the last 16 stage where they have already faced numerous exits at the hands of clubs like Barcelona. Their poor UEFA coefficient has been claimed as the reason for City not getting favourable draws in group and knockout stages. However, they have managed to show some improvement in Europe for all the spending under the regime of the Middle East owners.
City came close to reaching the Champions League final after managing a decent result against Real Madrid in the first leg. Poor performance in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, though, led to their exit from the competition. Still, this was seen as a very valiant effort from the team who are considered as novices at this stage of the competition. Gael Clichy has experienced a little success in the Champions League before even though he has been playing in this competition for a long time. Now, he is targeting the next step of reaching the final or even winning the trophy.
Three Lions pacy winger, Raheem Sterling fears for his Manchester City future due to a crisis of confidence over his form at the Etihad.
The Sky Blues player was said to be ‘distraught’ after coming off during the Three Lions’
2-1 friendly victory over Turkey on Sunday, according to reports from The Mirror.
Sterling will be given a chance to rediscover his best in Friday’s friendly international against Australia, but has claimed he has been robbed of his rhythm and belief since joining City from Liverpool last summer in a £47million transfer. Sterling believes that the ‘two-touch’ style of football he has been encouraged to play under Manuel Pellegrini, which is likely to become even more pronounced under new City boss Pep Guardiola, does not suit his natural game, especially his ability to run at opposition defenders as he was used to Liverpool and hailed. Continue reading
Manuel Pellegrini believes that finishing in fifth spot of the Premier league will be a disaster come true for Manchester City.
The club were regarded as title contenders at the start of the campaign, but inconsistent form throughout the season has seen them slowly slip out of title contention. Now, they are in a position where they could realistically miss out on Champions League qualification for next season. They are fourth in the table, but Manchester United have reduced the deficit to City to just one point with two games left. City, worryingly, take on Arsenal away from home.
The gunners will be able to seal the third spot, which will guarantee automatic qualification to the Champions League, with a victory against City. This will be the foremost aim of Arsene Wenger’s team and it will not be easy to play against them at home. United seem to have the momentum and are favourites to win the remaining two matches. City have allowed themselves to be in this position after prioritising the Champions League semifinals over the league. Pellegrini, who will leave at the end of the campaign, seems to have desired going out on a high rather than ensuring top four finish since it will no longer be his problem come the end of the campaign.
“If you are not in the top four and in the Champions League the next year, to demonstrate you are one of the best teams in England, then for me it’s a disaster of a season.That’s why I always said last year, when we didn’t win any titles, that it was not a disaster. It was not a good season but a disaster is when you are not involved in the next season’s Champions League. That is a disaster for all the big teams,” saidPellegrini.
Manchester City moved to third in the Premier League after a fine win over Chelsea.
The 3-0 win over the West London outfit at Stamford Bridge was only the second for City at this ground in recent years. However, it may have been one of the most convincing. It has put City firmly in control of the race for the top three places. This gives the club a huge advantage since they will not have to be involved in a qualifying game to reach the group stages. Arsenal, meanwhile, have slipped to fourth spot following the latest results.
Manuel Pellegrini ruled out the possibility of winning the title a few weeks ago and he may not change his position even after this victory. City have left themselves with too much to do in the final five games of the campaign. It would take an astronomical collapse from Leicester and Tottenham in order to see City crowned as the champions. Pellegrini will be leaving the club at the end of the campaign to be replaced by Pep Guardiola. The club’s poor form started once the announcement was made official. Pellegrini, though, says that the club’s failure to remain in the title race was down to other factors. Continue reading
Liverpool legend Ian Rush says that he is left impressed by manager Jurgen Klopp in his first few months in charge of Liverpool.
The German recently joined Liverpool as his next club after having left Borussia Dortmund in the summer. Klopp has a fearsome reputation for getting gruesome work effort from his players. It helped Dortmund qualify for the Champions League final against archrivals Bayern Munich at a fraction of the budget. Even though they failed to win the title,Klopp’s achievements with Dortmund have been seen as one of the finest in German football over the last few decades.
He has a huge history to live up to at Liverpool. This history will provide added pressure on his shoulders.Klopp was not used to this kind of pressure at Dortmund, who have significantly less history than Liverpool. Rush is the all-time top goal scorer for Liverpool with almost 350 goals in two spells at the club. It looks highly unlikely that his record will be broken in the near future. He has a major say in the proceedings at the Merseyside club.Klopp will feel happy that he has received backing from a former player like Rush. Even though the league form has been inconsistent, Liverpool qualified for a League Cup final this season. Continue reading
Following the recent Champions League quarter-final success over Paris St. Germain, Manchester City became the tenth English club historically to qualify for the final four of Europe’s most prestigious club competition since its inception.
After eight years of huge financial backing from their Abu Dhabi ownership – infrastructure and playing staff combined – City have now arrived at the top tier of the European game and look sure bets to stay put for the long term. Continue reading
Manchester City has a franchise team in USA with New York City FC as well as in Australia with their other franchise team Melbourne City FC.
Even though Manchester City have expanded their reach and influence beyond England, the owners of the club are planning to buy another club and it seems like City Football Group have set their sights on China with Shanghai City being rumored of being the next purchase from the holding company of Manchester City. Continue reading
Manchester City advanced through the quarter-finals of the Champions League after having claimed a victory of 3-1 and the Premier League club is now 1 of the last 8 teams that are competing in the European competition.
Manuel Pellegrini and his team are the only representatives from the Premier League as they are the last English club that is still alive and are hoping to reach the next stages. Continue reading
European minnows Midtjylland secured an unlikely win over Manchester United to boost their chances of reaching the latter stages of the Europa League.
The 2-1 victory does mean that United have the advantage of an away goal, but they were expected to cruise comfortably to a win. After all, United are seen as the favourites to win the competition itself. Failure to progress past the group stages of the Champions League has resulted in United dropping down to the Europa League. Fans of the Old Trafford outfit had just become contend with the embarrassment of playing in the Europa League, but may now have to deal with the flak after suffering a humiliating loss.
The loss puts more pressure on manager Louis Van Gaal, who saw his team suffered a similar loss during the weekend against relegation threatened Sunderland. Living up to the favourites tag, United took the early advantage through Memphis Depay in the 37th minute. The shock came just before half-time when the home team levelled through Sisto with the winner coming in the second half.Onuachu scored with 13 minutes of normal time remaining and United were unable to make any impact. Still, the solitary away goal scored by the Premier League team may come to its rescue in the return leg at Old Trafford. Continue reading
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move to Manchester City in recent weeks and this does not come as a major surprise given that the club recently announced Pep Guardiola as the new manager.
Guardiola was a major factor in Thiago leaving Barcelona for the German outfit. The versatile abilities of the former Barcelona midfielder is something that Guardiola believes a lot. Due to such factors, Thiago has been seen as a potential signing for the Premier League club, who will not be fazed by any huge transfer fee requests. Continue reading