Manchester City moved to third in the Premier League

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

Ian Rush gets Impressed with Jurgen Klopp

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

Guardiola sets sights on first transfer targets

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

City planning to expand to China

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

Pellegrini relieved to miss Barcelona

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

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

Pep wants Alcantara

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

Manchester City are very much in need of a victory against Arsenal according to star midfielder David Silva

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

AGUERO WANTS INDEPENDIENTE FINISH

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.

Aguero Independiente
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CITY FRUSTRATED BY INJURIES

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.

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