Manchester City are the benchmark for Liverpool to aim for – Gary Gillespie

Former Liverpool star Gary Gillespie has said that Manchester City are now the benchmark for the Reds to follow, if they are to make progress during the ongoing campaign. For many years, the Reds have found themselves in the shadows of Manchester United but there has been a transition of late with the Citizens now being the dominant side in the Premier League.

Speaking to LFC TV, Gillespie said that he has been impressed with the way the Reds have matched City toe-by-toe this term but they would have only made progress, if they are able to maintain the same position until the final month of the campaign, he quipped: “The benchmark was Man United for a long, long time. That’s dropped away. City are the benchmark now.
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Timo Werner: Leroy Sane can be Germany’s Kylian Mbappe

German striker Timo Werner believes Leroy Sane can transform into the country’s very own version of Kylian Mbappe. The Manchester City star endured a tough summer where he was excluded from Germany’s squad for the World Cup but he has since been recalled by Joachim Loew for the internationals against England and Peru.

Speaking to Bild, Werner spoke about the closeness with Sane from the youth setup and believes his compatriot has the ability to become a crucial player for the country just like France’s Mbappe, he said: “I’ve known him for a long time. I played with him at the under-19 European Championships and at youth level for a long time. I always got along with him really well, never had any problems — quite the opposite.
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Kyle Walker speaks about his conservative role under Pep Guardiola

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has spoken about the change of role under Pep Guardiola during the ongoing campaign. The England international has been known for making his bombarding runs from the right side of the defence but he has supposedly been more conservative this term after receiving instructions from the manager.

In a report covered by The Manchester Evening News, Walker confirmed that he still has the license to go forward, but he has been put in charge of controlling the attackers more often.He said: “My role is a little bit different, where I am tucking in a little bit more and trying to control people. I still have the license to go forward, but now I’m getting older it’s probably more about picking and choosing my runs, rather than up and down the wings as I was at Tottenham!”
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Riyad Mahrez delighted to make his Manchester City start

Algeria international Riyad Mahrez has revealed his delight after making his friendly debut for Manchester City during the International Champions Cup clash against Borussia Dortmund. The game was tightly contested between both sides but ultimately, Dortmund ran victors after scoring the only goal of the match via the penalty spot.

Following the game, Mahrez said that he was pleased to have got some minutes under his belt after an extended break from competitive action, he said: “I feel very good. It was a good game. We had some good moments. The most important thing was to get some minutes, to run and try to play the way City plays. I think we played a good game. It was a good start.”
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Jorginho could join Manchester City in the near future – Agent

The representative of Jorginho has confirmed the Italian is on the cusp of joining Manchester City. The Premier League champions have been negotiating a transfer fee with Napoli since the start of the month and agent Joao Santos has now confirmed that the transfer could come to fruition by next week.

“Jorginho is now in Fortaleza with his family on vacation. In football you need signed documents, without this you can do little. We have a verbal agreement with City, now we are waiting for Napoli to find the agreement and Manchester [City] to define the deal. Everything depends on this aspect, next week could be the one. Before Ancelotti arrived there was already talk of a transfer of Jorginho, so the change of the technical guide was not decisive,” he told Calcio Napoli 24 Live.
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Yaya Toure says he would like to play with Paul Pogba

Former Manchester City star Yaya Toure has said that he would like to play with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, though he ruled out any possibility of joining the Red Devils. The 35-year-old was released from the Citizens following their recent Premier League triumph and he has since indicated his desire to remain in England.

Speaking to The Manchester Evening News, the Ivory Coast international admired Pogba’s playing style and believes the Frenchman has similar characteristics to him, he said: “I love Paul Pogba. Pogba – it’s difficult because of the way the media has treated him. We don’t have the same characteristics because for me I was involved in all the ball, I ran everywhere. It is a player I want to play with, to be honest, just to teach him some things.” However, when asked further about a possible move to United, the midfielder dismissed the prospect by saying:“No, no, no, no. The fans are going to kill me!”
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Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City need to win more titles

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has stressed that the current crop of players need to win more titles before they are regarded as one of the best Premier League sides of all time. The Citizens cruised towards the English crown last term with a number of record shattered including becoming the first club to attain the 100-point mark in the league’s history.

Despite this, Guardiola has remained down to earth and believes there is plenty of scope to improve in the coming years, he said: “We are the best? I’m not sure of that. I’m completely with the people who say that to be considered the best team in the history of English football you have to win more. We won one Premier League title. The quality of the human beings they are, how they connect with the rest of the staff, that is I would say the main secret that counts a lot to me.”
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Time for Jesus to Emerge from the Shadows

In their opening game of Russia 2018, Brazil were collectively poor as they dropped points against Switzerland, a result which left the South Americans under pressure as they prepared to take on Costa Rica in their second match.

While all players involved need to improve as the tournament develops, it seems that Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has come in for more than his fair share of criticism and there are even suggestions that the 21 year old should be dropped moving forward with Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino looking to step in.

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Pep Guardiola Insists Manchester City Are Not On Liverpool’s Level

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted that his team are still far off from being compared to Liverpool’s side from the 1980s. The Mancunian giants cruised towards the Premier League title last month and they most-recently broke the Premier League record for the most wins, points and goals in a single campaign.

Speaking after the 2-1 win over Brighton, Guardiola said: “We’ve spoken about trying to write a new page. I cannot forget the 80s with Liverpool dominating English football, 90s Sir Alex Ferguson – we are so happy he is out of intensive care.You have to make more years to do that but one season we were better than all of them. We are not aware of what we’ve done. Records will be broken but the team who are going to break it have to do many good things.” Continue reading

England’s World Cup dangers

England are for one of the first times in recent memory heading in to a major football tournament with little expectation of success. This is a stark contrast to previous years where anything but the latter end of the tournament was seen as a failure and thus came to fruition on each occasion including the extremely disappointing display at Euro 2016. A 2-1 loss to minnows Iceland in the round of 16 was a huge call for change if England were to return to challenge in the future.

England are heading in to the tournament following a dominating qualifying campaign in which they remained unbeaten in their 10 starts and in the process winning 8 of them. England look to have been drawn in a favourable group in which expectations will certainly be high of qualifying through to the knock out stages. The group consists of World number 3 ranked Belgium and lowly sides Tunisia and Panama. The fact that Belgium are 1/33 to qualify and England 1/12 rather tells the tale as both sides would hope to dominate over the others. Continue reading