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.”
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.”
Former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo believes David Silva should be regarded as the greatest ever player for the Citizens ahead of Sergio Aguero. The Citizens recently bagged their fourth league title in eight seasons and Negredo feels Silva has been a greater influence on the team during this period.
Speaking to The National, Negredo said that he has a liking for Aguero, who is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. However, the Spain international added that Silva is probably the best player ever to don the club’s shirt, considering the vision when it comes to finding the perfect pass for the frontmen.
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has said that Bernardo Silva has the credentials to become the club captain in the future. The Portuguese has been a top performer for the Citizens since arriving from AS Monaco in 2017 and he made the PFA Team of the Year this year after contributing seven goals and seven assists in the top-flight.
Speaking to RMC Sport, Kompany said that Silva has the leadership qualities within him and he deserves to become a future captain at the club, he quipped: “I say to him often you are 50% clown, 50% leader. When he becomes 25% clown, 75% leader he will become the captain of this team. He is so strong and to be honest there is nobody who deserves this title more.”
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling believes that the title race will be going down to the last game of the campaign. The mercurial winger was able to come up with a crucial goal against Crystal Palace during the weekend. He watched his former team, Liverpool, again a crucial advantage in the title race by beating Chelsea at Anfield. Sterling, though, knows that City will be able to win the title if they succeed in all of the remaining five league matches. Even though some of the matches are against tougher opponents like Tottenham, City have been very confident about defending the league title.
After having watched Liverpool stay at the top of the table for most of the season, Sterling says that he is being impressed with the resilience shown by the Reds, who are aiming to win the league title for the first time in Premier League history. The last league title won by Liverpool was back in 1990. Liverpool players have been very confident about winning all of their remaining four matches. In such a case, City have to win all of their league games. Sterling says that the title may not be decided in the next few weeks and the race will go into the last game of the season.
Pep Guardiola says that Manchester City still have the title in their hands and that he believes that every of the remaining five matches for his team can be won. City go into the last five matches of the season looking to overcome a two-point deficit to Liverpool, who have played a game more. After the weekend’s results in which Liverpool were able to beat Chelsea and City were able to overcome Crystal Palace, the gap remains at two points. City have a more difficult fixture list with games against the likes of Tottenham coming up, but Guardiola says that his team are more than capable of winning all of the remaining matches.
Manchester City have an immensely powerful squad that is capable of handling a lot of injuries, but the biggest problem for City will be their presence in other cup competitions. Apart from the Premier League, City are also involved in the Champions League and they have the FA Cup final also coming up. The club are aiming for a highly unlikely treble after having already picked up the League Cup back in February. Only a few weeks ago, Guardiola prayed that his team should not get any more injuries and it is a surprise from a manager who has the biggest squad strength in the league.