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.”
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.
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!”
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.”
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
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has handed a warning to veteran midfielder Yaya Toure after he was omitted from the match day squad for the Champions League visit to Basel. The Citizens sealed a comfortable 4-0 win over the Swiss champions on the road, and they are now in pole position to reach the quarter-finals of the competitions with a home leg to come.
Following the game, the Catalan tactician was quizzed as to why Toure failed to make the travelling squad, and the Spaniard replied that the Ivorian was to blame for the exclusion. Toure apparently did not go through the required training sessions after recovering from illness, and this urged Guardiola to opt him out for the Basel trip, he said: “He is not injured – there were three or four days sick and he made one or two training sessions, that’s all. Hopefully he will be available for the FA Cup – it depends on him.”
Former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu expects Manchester City to retain their interest in Fred when the season comes to an end. The 24-year-old was heavily tipped to join the Citizens during the winter transfer window but a deal failed to materialize with the Ukrainian giants.
In a report covered by M.E.N, Lucescu has backed the Citizens to return for the Brazil international in the summer, and he fancies Fred following the same path as compatriot Fernandinho, he said: “Shakhtar Donetsk’s best player is Fred in the centre of midfield. He was a bit anarchic on the left. I moved him in front of the defence. He will go to City like Fernandinho before him.”
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany believes it is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ for the supporters to see their club lift the Premier League title in the derby against Manchester United. The Citizens require a maximum of two victories to attain the English crown, and they could find themselves lifting the trophy in the Manchester derby next month.
Speaking after the Citizens’ 2-0 triumph over Stoke City, Kompany believes the club can achieve their target of winning in the derby, though they have several important games prior to that, he said: “Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. But (we have to be) steady. We have one game before that which will be difficult and then we will see. It is not going to be handed to us.”
Barcelona are open to offers for Andres Gomes, according to reports in Spain. The La Liga giants are willing to release the player to any interested side at the right price. Gomes faces a fight to retain his shirt at the Nou Camp after joining from Valencia for €35+ million plus add-ons in 2016.
Barca had to beat competition from Rea Madrid and others to sign the Portugal international but they seem to not have recouped their investment. In the one year and a half at Barcelona, Gomes has not quite hit the target expected of him.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says that defender Nicolas Otamendi is extremely crucial to the club’s success this season. Manchester City have been the best team not just in English football as the club has been able to establish an immense 15-point advantage over Manchester United. This is the biggest gap in English football throughout history. Players like Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, and Raheem Sterling have been attracting a lot of positive reviews for the start made by Manchester City, but Guardiola has also heaped praise on some of the lesser concentrator players at the club – like Otamendi.
The defender was initially criticised when he came to the club, but he has been able to come in with some impressive performances. The 29-year-old came in from Valencia in the summer of 2015 for around £ 28 million. He has been able to make more than 40 appearances in his first two campaigns of the club. However, he may have just been hit by the worst period for City in terms of trophies, as the League Cup in the 2015-16 campaign is the only success achieved by Otamendi. At 29 years of age, Otamendi has the mix of experience and quality and is more than capable standing and as the replacement for Vincent Kompany.