Pep Guardiola says that he has improved as a manager since joining Manchester City, but fans have been left dissatisfied with the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s first season at the club.
After arriving with a lot of fanfare in the summer, City are looking set to finish the season without any major trophies. The club have come close to titles on a few occasions, but they have been found wanting over the course of the campaign. After the 2-1 extra time defeat against Arsenal during the weekend, the only hope of silverware in the form of an FA Cup title disappeared.
The big objective for City will now be to finish in the top four with Manchester United hunting them down in the Premier League table with alarming consistency. United are unbeaten in the league since October, and they have been able to reduce the deficit upon City to just one point. City take on United in a crucial Manchester derby on Thursday night. Continue reading
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
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus said on Wednesday that he had been “surprised” by his extraordinary start to life in the Premier League.
The Brazilian forward who has scored three goals in four games since completing his 27 million move from Brazilian side Palmeiras, has admitted that he is delighted with his strong start for the club, but is ‘very surprised’ at how fast it has happened.
The 19-year old rising star arrived in England last month after City agreed a deal with Brazilian side Palmeiras in pre-season.
While some overseas players take time to adjust to the physicality and pace of the Premier League, Jesus has settled in immediately with three goals in four appearances, including a double in Sunday’s 2-1 win at home to Swansea.
Such has been his impact, he has kept Argentina ace Sergio Aguero out of the side for the last two matches and Kelechi Iheanacho out of the squad altogether, which has in turn led to speculation about the future of both strikers at Manchester. 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.
Joe Hart hints that instead of taking Pep Guardiola’s views to heart and doubting himself, he would like to find a manager who rates him and respects his way of goalkeeping.
As per Hart, there are many views about a Football player and the views can be contrasting. Someone would say a player is fantastic and the other might say no, he is not. But, a player can’t listen to everyone.
In the case of Hart, it’s only the views of the selected people he says he listens to.
The goalie was quoted as, “Look, this I had understood long back that I could not make everyone happy with my game. There are people I have special bonding with and I leave it to them to see how I am going and when they come to me with an advice, I really consider it and implement it, but, I can’t implement every advice I get or I can’t tell myself ‘I have to show this guy that his opinion is wrong’ because with that mind-set, I will not help myself.” Continue reading
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
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
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 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