Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has admitted that the Citizens have been hugely disappointing in the defence of their Premier League title this term. The Mancunian giants were fancied to secure a third-straight English crown this season but that appears unlikely to happen with a staggering 22-point gap between them and Liverpool, who are flying at the top of the table.
Speaking to reporters, Silva acknowledged that the current season has not paved the way as planned. He added that the Premier League defence has been a huge disappointment, given they have dropped out of the title race with plenty of the season left to be completed, he told: “The Premier League has been a huge disappointment to be so far from Liverpool and now we have to fight for the second position.
Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling has said that being the top-scorer for the club would mean nothing without winning silverware. The England international bagged a brace during the recent 3-1 win over Oxford United in the League Cup quarterfinal and that has taken his tally to 18 goals across all competitions.
As a result, he is the leading goalgetter ahead of the injured Sergio Aguero but Sterling has insisted that he is more concerned about winning trophies, he told: “It (finishing above Aguero) would not mean anything without silverware and then I’ll be happy with my goal tally after that. Every competition we’re trying to compete in. It’s not just the Premier League, which I know that looks out of reach but we’re looking to get to finals in this, the FA Cup and even the Champions League.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that he has no complaints after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League. The Citizens started as the brighter team in the derby and they looked good value going forward during the opening 10 minutes. However, as the game progressed, the Red Devils started to stamp their authority on the counter-attack and they eventually bagged the opening goal through Marcus Rashford via the penalty spot.
That advantage was doubled soon after through Anthony Martial with a low shot and the Citizens could not make a comeback as Nicolas Otamendi netted the only goal for them. Speaking after the game, Guardiola acknowledged that his team gave their best against the Red Devils but the latter were better on the day, he told: “Yes we lost 1-2 but I congratulate my team, my players were fantastic, we are a fantastic team. They are so fast, so quick and sometimes when you lose the ball it is more difficult. We tried, we got to the last third many, many times and they can run. Maybe but more than usual.”
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that he wants everybody involved in the thick of the action and that was the primary reason behind Sergio Aguero and David Silva featuring on the bench. The Citizens faced a tough game against Everton on the road where they were held at 1-1 for a lengthy period but they eventually sealed the victory through goals from Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling in the final 20 minutes.
Speaking after the game, Guardiola said that he wants the involvement of every player in the different competitions and the likes of Aguero and Silva will start in the Champions League after sitting out the European game earlier this month, he told: “I want to make everyone involved. Of course, Sergio can play and David can play but the last game in the Champions League, they didn’t play; I want to let them play in the Champions League, we play on Tuesday. So, I want them to play everybody. For me, it’s tough. Some players don’t play regularly. I’m going to move the team every single game to be part of that. I know everybody wants to play, I understand completely, but it’s the only way to maintain the level for 11 months.”
Former Manchester City star Vincent Kompany has backed John Stones to come good for the Citizens this term. The England international dropped down the pecking order during the backend of the previous campaign where Aymeric Laporte and Kompany were regularly preferred at the heart of the defence by manager Pep Guardiola.
However, things have changed this season with the departure of Kompany from the club while Laporte could be sidelined for around six months following a knee surgery. As such, Stones and Nicolas Otamendi seem destined to form the central defensive partnership until the turn of the year at the least and Kompany believes the former has the perfect platform to prove himself.
Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne has said that he can become much better with Manchester City this season. The midfielder missed various parts of the previous campaign through injury and he appears keen on making amends after a bright start on the personal scale. De Bruyne has already contributed three assists for the Citizens in the Premier League and two of those came during the recent league clash against Tottenham Hotspur which ended in a high-scoring 2-2 draw.
Speaking to the club’s official website, De Bruyne said that he is feeling good after the return from a frustrating spell on the sidelines. He added that he has room to make further progress, now that he seems to have completely recovered after sustaining as many as five injuries last term, he told: “I feel good and I’m becoming better. It’s still the beginning of the season so sometimes it’s heavy but I feel fine so everything will be OK this season. We played well and I think we deserved to win. The team played really well and played offensively the way we want to play.”
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that the club don’t have the complete control over the future of German winger Leroy Sane. The 23-year-old has been regularly linked with a return to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich and this has led to speculation whether the German would remain at the Etihad beyond the summer.
Speaking to reports, Guardiola said that he wants Sane to remain with the club but the attacker has yet to respond to a contract extension beyond the summer of 2021. He added that the forward is free to part ways with the side this summer, although the club would be at a loss over the same, he told: “We want him to stay and there is an offer waiting to talk with his agents to extend the contract. It is not in our hands. He has to decide. If he wants to leave, he can do it but we will be sad. Hopefully he stays.”
Manchester City’s new signing Rodri has acknowledged that the club’s recent success in the Premier League was one of the factors behind the move to the Etihad Stadium. The Citizens have won the English crown in each of the past two seasons under Pep Guardiola and they are now aiming for a hat-trick of league titles.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Rodri admitted that the move to the Citizens is a great step for him, given the club are on the rise on both the domestic and European scale, he said: “I think City this last five or six years has changed the story of the football here, not only in Manchester but England. I talk with some guys and I think it is becoming more blue. I choose them because of the football challenge and the way these last two years they win lots of things. This team is growing every year. For me, it is a great step. I saw Manchester City on TV and imagine one day I play there.”
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has said that he has no plans of parting ways with the Citizens this summer and the same should be the case with Sergio Aguero. The Brazilian has been playing second fiddle to Aguero in the past few seasons and he managed just 12 starts in the Premier League and Champions League combined last term.
As such, there has been speculation that he could pursue a fresh challenge elsewhere but Jesus has refuted the same by suggesting that both him and Aguero will be at the club next term, he said: “I think it’s out of the question that Aguero leaves and me too. Aguero is a legend at the club – he’s the top scorer. Obviously as a player I always want to play, but I’m happy to help and I respect Sergio.”