Pep Guardiola has tried to contribute his share of the mind games by claiming that Chelsea have been unstoppable this season.
A number of Premier League managers have tried to unsettle Chelsea, who have been the best team in the Premier league by a significant margin. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested prior to the end of 2016 that Chelsea would be struggling in the league if not for the presence of Diego Costa. Back then, the Spaniard was scoring most of the goals and was leading the goal scoring charts. However, his form has deteriorated significantly ever since rumours about a move to China came about.
However, it has not been a problem for Chelsea who have just kept on winning. Even though the incredible 13 game winning run might have ended with the loss against Tottenham, the blues have been able to extend their lead at the top of the table courtesy of their main title rivals dropping points along the way. Chelsea’s recent form has not been spectacular with the team only managing three wins in the last five games. Continue reading
According to Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, the club is out of the league race as they are far behind Chelsea with ten points, following a loss to Everton at Goodison Park.
The loss happened to be the heaviest league loss in Guardiola’s career as a manager.
Concerning his thoughts about the gap between his team and Chelsea, Guardiola admitted that the gap is a great one, affirming that ten is a lot of points. Although, he has encouraged his team players to remain focused and stay together in unity during bad moments and ignore what the table might have to tell until the end of the season.
Guardiola said: “At the end of the season, we are going to evaluate our level and how our performance was, how the coach was, how the players were. After that we are going to decide. We created chances, but we didn’t score and when they had chances, they punished us.” Continue reading
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that defender Vincent Kompany still remains in his plans despite the numerous injury problems faced by the Belgian international.
The last time the 30-year-old made more than 40 appearances in a single campaign across all competitions was back in the 2011-12 campaign. Since then, he has been plagued by a one injury after the other and it has especially become worse in the last couple of seasons. He made only 22 appearances last season and most were as a substitute, while the season he has suffered featured in only five games.
Kompany was expected to be an integral part of the Guardiola regime considering that he is one of the top ball-playing centre backs around. However, his injury concern is a major problem for the club considering that they have been struggling on a defensive front with the leadership skills of the Belgian.
Pep Guardiola says that he will not change his approach to the game despite suffering yet another heavy defeat at the hands of Barcelona.
The former Barcelona manager returned to the Camp Nou hoping for a better experience this time around. Since leaving the Catalan club in 2012, Guardiola has suffered heavy defeat upon his return to the Spanish club. One of the most high-profile came in the Champions League semi-final when his Bayern Munich team suffered a 3-0 loss. Guardiola’s tactics has been questioned especially when it comes to the big matches.
Apart from his all-conquering Barcelona team, his teams have not had the same kind of influence in big matches. The overindulgence in trying to play out from the back was once again the reason for the calamitous result against Barcelona. Manchester City made too many mistakes in possession and it allowedthe home team to take advantage time and time again. Guardiola’s insistence on the goalkeeper being part of the outfield players by being involved in passing the ball at every opportunity was once again exposed, as Claudio Bravo committed a mistake and then was given a straight red card for handling the ball outside the box. Continue reading
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.
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
Merrill Pellegrini is a man under crisis after his Manchester City team suffered yet another defeat. This defeat came in the Manchester Derby against archrivals United. The 4-2 loss not only has ended their title challenge but it has also put them into contention with Liverpool for a top four place. The fact that Brendan Rodgers and his team were able to take advantage of this defeat has made it extremely hard for the club. The club will be ending the campaign without any trophies and this is a major negative aspects for Pellegrini in his efforts to stay at City.
Amidst several reports that the club are looking at alternatives like Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc, Pellegrini says that he will not discuss his future right now. The 3-0 victory over West Brom is the only success that City had in the last five matches. Pellegrini recently criticised the sacking culture in the Premier league where he claimed that managers are not given enough time to show their qualities. After having won the league title last campaign, but the club were expected to kick on and possibly reach the final of the Champions League. Despite taking the lead against United, City played very poorly in the 75 minutes and were deservedly beaten. Continue reading
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was critical of his players after the 2-1 defeat against Wigan in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. This defeat has knocked the team out of the competition, while also threatening to dismantle the season that promised so much only a few weeks ago. After winning the Capital One cup, it looked like City were heading to become the first English team to win the quadruple. There were in the Champions League last 16 stage, while they had promising positions in the Premier league and FA Cup as well.
However, things have turned sour since the 2-0 first leg defeat against Barcelona. They are on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League while this latest defeat against Wigan raises more questions than answers. The club could be left only with the Premier league to fight for towards the end of the season if they do not overcome the first leg deficit on Wednesday night. Wigan were completely dominant in this match and they have beaten City for the second consecutive meeting in the FA Cup.
Pellegrini said that his players were to lackadaisical in the first half and it allowed Wigan to take a commanding lead before the hour mark. Even though City tried to come back in the second half, it was not enough.
“I think it’s the worst first half we’ve had in the year because we didn’t have the pace to play against a team that is in a good moment. They won five games in a row so we knew before the match we are going to play a difficult team, maybe we thought that was not going to be so difficult and when we react it was too late. We knew exactly how Wigan play; it’s not a tactical problem, it was a pace problem, a tempo problem,” said the Chilean.
Chelsea boss José Mourinho has once again started mind games by saying that he would rather be in the position of Manuel Pellegrini rather than the Chelsea boss. This is because he says that Chelsea’s position in the Premier league is false and that only City can lose the title now. Chelsea managed to extend their lead in the table after a 3-1 win over Fulham. This coupled with Arsenal’s loss against Stoke City meant that Chelsea now have a four-point advantage in the table. However, Manchester City can overtake them by winning the two matches they have in hand.
Due to the commitments in the League Cup, City have had two matches postponed, although one was due to weather. If they win the two matches in hand – against Sunderland and Manchester United – they will be able to go top of the table on goal difference. They have a 12 goal advantage over Chelsea, which will be hard to recover with only 10 matches remaining. Mourinho has constantly downplayed Chelsea’s title hopes this campaign. He says that the club can be considered as title challengers only from next season.
Mourinho watched City win the first trophy of the season as they lifted the League Cup by beating Sunderland at the new Wembley.
“I prefer to have the destiny in my hands, and only City have destiny in their hands. If I win every game until the end of the season, all 10 – which we won’t – maybe we are not champions. If they (City) win all 12 games they have, they are champions. They have their destiny in their hands. There’s nothing wrong with Samuel. I just felt in this kind of match – away from home, against normally defensive teams, aggressive defenders – I thought to go with Fernando (Torres),” said Mourinho.