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IHEANACHO MUST REALIZE TALENT IS NOT ENOUGH

The clock signaled injury time and in that moment Sergio Aguero somehow managed to skip past Bailly, flick the ball across David de Gea’s goalpost for Gabriel Jesus to tap in and wriggle away towards the stands, chased by his team mates until the linesman cut short their joy.


As it turned out, the Brazilian youngster was offside by a fraction thus was denied the fairytale of the 20-year old who came back from a supposed season-ending injury to score a 90th minute winner against archrivals Manchester United; at least not yet.

Not to worry though, he only waited three more days to get a slice of such ecstasy courtesy of his 85th minute equalizer against Middlesborough to keep The Citizens’ hope for a top four finish alive.

Gabriel Jesus’ arrival at the Etihad has proven to be worth every sweat and penny expended to make such signing possible. His stay so far has churned out a sellable success story and sadly at the same time illuminated the not so a success story of the another youngster kelechi Iheanacho whose shortcomings single handedly triggered the no. 33’s purchase from Brazilian outfit, Palmeiras. Continue reading

I’ve Learnt the Most from This Trophyless Campaign, says Guardiola

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 Praises ‘Unstoppable’ Chelsea in Latest Mind Game

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

JESUS DELIGHTED BY MAN CITY START

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

MAN CITY DRAGS BEHIND AFTER LOSS TO EVERTON

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

STERLING FEARS FOR HIS CONFIDENCE AS GUARDIOLA ARRIVES MAN CITY

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 worried about Points Table

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

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

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