Manchester City are very much in need of a victory against Arsenal according to star midfielder David Silva.
The Spaniard was speaking ahead of the meeting between the two teams at the Emirates stadium this weekend. This will be one of the most anticipated encounters ahead of the Christmas schedule. Both teams are near the top of the table and separated by just one point. Even though Leicester City currently lead the table with 36 points, Arsenal and Man City are now realistically seen as the title contenders since United and Liverpool have dropped their form of late.
If City are to reassert their superiority in the league, they need to win the big matches according to Silva. City have had some disappointing results against Arsenal of late. This will come as a major surprise since Arsenal have themselves been very poor against the top opponents not just in the last 12 months, but in the last decade as a whole. Manchester City have been in poor form in the league over the last few weeks. Apart from the wins over Southampton and Swansea, they have been very poor. It has been a major reason behind City slipping to third in the table. Continue reading
Sergio Aguero wants to go back to Independiente when he’s out of contract at the Etihad Stadium – the Argentinean Football club which Aguero had joined as a kid. He came through their youth system and later went to play for them at the senior level for a couple of seasons before he decided to move away to ply his trade abroad.
As far as his time in England is concerned, the striker has proved to be one of the most successful players in the country since coming here in 2011. He has already completed a century of goals in Barclays Premier League which is no mean achievement.
Manuel Pellegrini admits it’s frustrating for him to have to go into most of the games in the ongoing season without his vital senior players, but, he is pleased with the fact that the others have stepped up to the plate and have not let the club suffer.
In spite of all the injury setbacks, City sits at the top of the League standings having secured 29 points.
Apart from that, they have been able to make the quarter finals in Europe and Round of 4 in the domestic cup competition. So, they are in contention for all the titles at the moment, and are fancied for a fair few of them by the pundits at himmelspill.com.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes recently criticised the club’s style of play under Louis van Gaal after their fourth consecutive match without a victory.
The Dutchman has already received plenty of criticism for the perceived negative style of football being employed at the club. However, their criticism has been less profound when the results have been good. Now that the club has failed to win the last four games in all competitions, Van Gaal is once again finding himself in the corner and even being subjected to criticism from the club’s legend. Scholes is regarded as one of the finest players to have played for United.
He recently branded United’s style as ‘boring’ and Van Gaal has not taken these comments lightly. Van Gaal says that the former midfielder has the power to say anything because he does not have any responsibility. He also questioned the need for making such comments. Scholes has been involved in punditry since retiring from football couple of years ago. He has also been actively writing columns for various companies and newspapers. United have fallen to fourth in the table following the recent 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace. This might also highlighted the struggle in front of goal for United’s stars. Continue reading
Manuel Pellegrini reckons the teams in Group D are not that far apart from one another in terms of quality and at the moment, it’s quite hard to make the prediction which two would be able to make their way into the pre quarter finals.
The four teams which are slotted in Group D in the Champions League 2015-16 are Juventus, Sevilla, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach. City had suffered a defeat at the hands of Juventus in their first game, but, made a comeback by getting better of Monchengladbach earlier this week.
Losing Sergio Aguero to injury is believed to be a massive blow for City, but, if you look at the numbers, they suggest something else – City have not actually missed the services of the star striker that much when he hasn’t been available to play.
Since the summer of 2011 when Aguero joined in, the winning % of City with the Argentinean being in the side is 62 which is less if compared to the winning % when he has been out of the side. Continue reading
Liverpool’s disappointing start to the campaign went from bad to worse after a 1-1 draw against Norwich City at Anfield.
The club has scored only four goals in the league so far while managing only two wins from the opening six games. This disappointing run of form is already threatening to result in manager Brendan Rodgers losing his job. There has to be a quick turnaround of results, but Liverpool are in a dire situation and it will take a lot of effort to get a win with such low levels of confidence. However, first-team coach Gary McAllister believes that the discontent from fans will certainly help infuse some fighting spirit in the squad.
The club could not have asked before a much easier fixture in the form of Carlisle United at home in the League Cup. This provides a perfect platform for the Liverpool players to get the test of winning once again. The team is without a win in the last five matches. However, they opened their campaign with two back-to-back 1-0 victory. The upcoming game against Carlisle is one of the three home games on the bounce. At the moment, though, Liverpool players will be quite happy at playing away from Anfield due to the reduced pressure. Continue reading
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says that he is looking forward to seeing Barcelona win the Champions League final on June 6.
The Catalan club will be playing against Juventus in the final at Berlin. Barcelona are hoping to become five-time European champions with a victory whereas the Italian outfit are still searching for their first win in this competition since 1996. They have already suffered defeats in the final on two occasions and will be hoping for being third time lucky.Hart, though, says that Barcelona will be the team he will be supporting on the night of the big occasion and it is primarily because of their superstar Lionel Messi.
The England number one has come up against Messi already this season. Despite playing extraordinarily well,Hart was badly let down by his teammates. His second leg display at the Camp Nou earlier this season was especially excellent. It was only down to the goalkeeping byHart that the game finished as a 1-0 defeat for the Premier League team. The aggregate loss of 3-1saw them knocked out of the competition at the last 16 stage once again. City have now failed to reach the quarter-finals in all of their Champions League seasons. Continue reading