The governing body of the game FIFA is planning to restrict the no. of players the clubs can place on loan and one of the clubs which this decision is going to affect, if it materializes at all, is Manchester City because City currently has as many as 28 players placed on loan.
But that is not something which is bothering Pep Guardiola, the man in charge of City. Continue reading
Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham has backed Raheem Sterling to eclipse his goalscoring count from the previous campaign. The England international has shown good progress under the guidance of Pep Guardiola over the past two years and the previous season witnessed his best-ever campaign after contributing 23 goals across all competitions for the club.
He has continued the good run this term with seven goals in all competitions already and Higginbotham believes Sterling has the capacity of eclipsing the previous season’s feat with a 30-goal season, he said: “People still say his finishing isn’t great and we still talk about him missing chances, but this is a player who scored 23 goals last season playing as a winger more often than not.
Manchester City attacker Bernardo Silva has excluded Manchester United when asked about the potential challengers for the Premier League title this season. The Citizens have continued the form from the previous campaign with a 10-match unbeaten run and they are currently topping the standings ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
As such, Pep Guardiola’s side are widely considered as the favourites to reclaim their title and when asked about the same, Silva said: “I think either Chelsea and Liverpool, they are very strong. Arsenal as well, even Tottenham. I think it will be harder because last season nobody was expecting us to win as many games and to reach that level of points so this season the teams they know they have to do better to beat us. Of course it will be very hard, but we will work every game to get the three points and at the end of it try and celebrate winning one more Premier League.”
Former Liverpool star Gary Gillespie has said that Manchester City are now the benchmark for the Reds to follow, if they are to make progress during the ongoing campaign. For many years, the Reds have found themselves in the shadows of Manchester United but there has been a transition of late with the Citizens now being the dominant side in the Premier League.
Speaking to LFC TV, Gillespie said that he has been impressed with the way the Reds have matched City toe-by-toe this term but they would have only made progress, if they are able to maintain the same position until the final month of the campaign, he quipped: “The benchmark was Man United for a long, long time. That’s dropped away. City are the benchmark now.
German striker Timo Werner believes Leroy Sane can transform into the country’s very own version of Kylian Mbappe. The Manchester City star endured a tough summer where he was excluded from Germany’s squad for the World Cup but he has since been recalled by Joachim Loew for the internationals against England and Peru.
Speaking to Bild, Werner spoke about the closeness with Sane from the youth setup and believes his compatriot has the ability to become a crucial player for the country just like France’s Mbappe, he said: “I’ve known him for a long time. I played with him at the under-19 European Championships and at youth level for a long time. I always got along with him really well, never had any problems — quite the opposite.
Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker has spoken about the change of role under Pep Guardiola during the ongoing campaign. The England international has been known for making his bombarding runs from the right side of the defence but he has supposedly been more conservative this term after receiving instructions from the manager.
In a report covered by The Manchester Evening News, Walker confirmed that he still has the license to go forward, but he has been put in charge of controlling the attackers more often.He said: “My role is a little bit different, where I am tucking in a little bit more and trying to control people. I still have the license to go forward, but now I’m getting older it’s probably more about picking and choosing my runs, rather than up and down the wings as I was at Tottenham!”
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.”