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.
Manuel Pellegrini admits it’s frustrating for him to have to go into most of the games in the ongoing season without his vital senior players, but, he is pleased with the fact that the others have stepped up to the plate and have not let the club suffer.
In spite of all the injury setbacks, City sits at the top of the League standings having secured 29 points.
Apart from that, they have been able to make the quarter finals in Europe and Round of 4 in the domestic cup competition. So, they are in contention for all the titles at the moment, and are fancied for a fair few of them by the pundits at himmelspill.com.
Manuel Pellegrini reckons the teams in Group D are not that far apart from one another in terms of quality and at the moment, it’s quite hard to make the prediction which two would be able to make their way into the pre quarter finals.
The four teams which are slotted in Group D in the Champions League 2015-16 are Juventus, Sevilla, Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach. City had suffered a defeat at the hands of Juventus in their first game, but, made a comeback by getting better of Monchengladbach earlier this week.
Losing Sergio Aguero to injury is believed to be a massive blow for City, but, if you look at the numbers, they suggest something else – City have not actually missed the services of the star striker that much when he hasn’t been available to play.
Since the summer of 2011 when Aguero joined in, the winning % of City with the Argentinean being in the side is 62 which is less if compared to the winning % when he has been out of the side. Continue reading