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SPURS DEFENDER TO MISS CITY CLASH

North London giants Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur have been rocked by the news that defender Matt Doherty will miss the upcoming Premier League meeting with Manchester City after he tested positive for Coronavirus. The new Spurs signing tested positive for the virus while he was away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.

Matt Doherty tested positive for Coronavirus alongside teammate James McClean and both players have since gone into self-isolation until they post a negative result. Doherty won’t join up with the Spurs team until he has tested negative for the virus. Continue reading

Aguero Injury Leaves City Exposed

Injury of the football players is a natural phenomenon but if the star players of a team get injured one after one, then it is not at all good news for the team.

Since football is a body contact game, you never know when your players are going to face injury and thus the teams keep backups for them in the reserve bench. But Aguero’s injury has put his team in deep trouble as they are having back to back matches in the Champions League. Continue reading

City Need to Focus on the Prem

If you know anything about Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City it’s that consistency has been a key cornerstone of the new regime. That’s why glancing over recent results you’re bound to see the sore thumb sticking out.

Margins are thin at the top of the Premier League these days. An unlucky draw at home to Spurs and a fluke defeat away to Norwich have left City off the pace domestically, trailing Liverpool’s spotless record by five points. Continue reading

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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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

Rising MLS Star Signs for City

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

Guardiola takes subtle dig at Arsene Wenger

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 wants more time

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.

Guardiola sets sights on first transfer targets

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

City planning to expand to China

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