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.
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 →
Runaway English Premier League leaders Manchester City have signed England under-21 international winger Jack Harrison from sister Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC.
Upon signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with Pep Guardiola’s hot title favourites, 21-year-old Harrison immediately joined English Football League Championship club Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of this season. Continue reading →
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola took a subtle dig at manager Arsene Wenger following the Citizens’ 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium last month. The Premier League leaders dominated for large periods of the game, but they were eventually fortunate to have won by such a comfortable scoreline.
Following the game, Wenger was critical of the referee’s performance after he adjudged Raheem Sterling to have dived for his penalty, which put City 2-0 ahead in the second half. The north London side got a goal back via Alexandre Lacazette, but their chances of a comeback were diminished after the linesman failed to spot David Silva being offside prior to City’s third goal scored by Gabriel Jesus. Continue reading →
Pep Guardiola is one of the more recognized players in the world of football and a highly praised one as well as he was a hugely influential figure in Barcelona’s European dominance, the Spanish manager is generally considered to be the mastermind behind Barcelona’s reign of success where they were able to win just about every club title starting from 2008 until 2011.
It was because of this success that he received offers from top clubs and he later opted to join the German outfit Bayern Munich and now his latest managerial position is with Manchester City.
This is the first time that Guardiola has taken charge of a top Premier League club and now the pressure is starting to grow on him as the Spanish manager is expected to push Manchester City to new heights of success and possibly even to their first Champions League title.
The 2016-17 Premier League season hasn’t even kicked off and things already are starting to seem difficult for Pep Guardiola as the Spanish manager has identified an obstacle that will make things more difficult for him and his new squad to win big pieces of silverware.
The Copa America and the 2016 Euro’s has forced some players of Manchester City to stay away from Pep Guardiola as they have other matches to play with different teams and this has deprived Guardiola from having more time with his new team which is something that he really needs in order to see prepare his squad for the upcoming season.
“I don’t like to complain. I would like to have more time from the beginning. I would like to have more friendly games. Competitions finish so late and start again so early so we have to adapt. We have to travel in China. It is what it is. They’re far away from who we want to be but that is normal. People cannot imagine how difficult it is to build up something, to try to create something, to try to play with new ideas’’ Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola said as he stated that he would like to have had more time with a few of his players.
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 has a franchise team in USA with New York City FC as well as in Australia with their other franchise team Melbourne City FC.
Even though Manchester City have expanded their reach and influence beyond England, the owners of the club are planning to buy another club and it seems like City Football Group have set their sights on China with Shanghai City being rumored of being the next purchase from the holding company of Manchester City. 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 →
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move to Manchester City in recent weeks and this does not come as a major surprise given that the club recently announced Pep Guardiola as the new manager.
Guardiola was a major factor in Thiago leaving Barcelona for the German outfit. The versatile abilities of the former Barcelona midfielder is something that Guardiola believes a lot. Due to such factors, Thiago has been seen as a potential signing for the Premier League club, who will not be fazed by any huge transfer fee requests. Continue reading →
Sergio Aguero wants to go back to Independiente when he’s out of contract at the Etihad Stadium – the Argentinean Football club which Aguero had joined as a kid. He came through their youth system and later went to play for them at the senior level for a couple of seasons before he decided to move away to ply his trade abroad.
As far as his time in England is concerned, the striker has proved to be one of the most successful players in the country since coming here in 2011. He has already completed a century of goals in Barclays Premier League which is no mean achievement.