According to Man City manager, Pep Guardiola, the club is out of the league race as they are far behind Chelsea with ten points, following a loss to Everton at Goodison Park.
The loss happened to be the heaviest league loss in Guardiola’s career as a manager.
Concerning his thoughts about the gap between his team and Chelsea, Guardiola admitted that the gap is a great one, affirming that ten is a lot of points. Although, he has encouraged his team players to remain focused and stay together in unity during bad moments and ignore what the table might have to tell until the end of the season.
Guardiola said: “At the end of the season, we are going to evaluate our level and how our performance was, how the coach was, how the players were. After that we are going to decide. We created chances, but we didn’t score and when they had chances, they punished us.” Continue reading
Pep Guardiola says that he will not change his approach to the game despite suffering yet another heavy defeat at the hands of Barcelona.
The former Barcelona manager returned to the Camp Nou hoping for a better experience this time around. Since leaving the Catalan club in 2012, Guardiola has suffered heavy defeat upon his return to the Spanish club. One of the most high-profile came in the Champions League semi-final when his Bayern Munich team suffered a 3-0 loss. Guardiola’s tactics has been questioned especially when it comes to the big matches.
Apart from his all-conquering Barcelona team, his teams have not had the same kind of influence in big matches. The overindulgence in trying to play out from the back was once again the reason for the calamitous result against Barcelona. Manchester City made too many mistakes in possession and it allowedthe home team to take advantage time and time again. Guardiola’s insistence on the goalkeeper being part of the outfield players by being involved in passing the ball at every opportunity was once again exposed, as Claudio Bravo committed a mistake and then was given a straight red card for handling the ball outside the box. Continue reading
Three Lions pacy winger, Raheem Sterling fears for his Manchester City future due to a crisis of confidence over his form at the Etihad.
The Sky Blues player was said to be ‘distraught’ after coming off during the Three Lions’
2-1 friendly victory over Turkey on Sunday, according to reports from The Mirror.
Sterling will be given a chance to rediscover his best in Friday’s friendly international against Australia, but has claimed he has been robbed of his rhythm and belief since joining City from Liverpool last summer in a £47million transfer. Sterling believes that the ‘two-touch’ style of football he has been encouraged to play under Manuel Pellegrini, which is likely to become even more pronounced under new City boss Pep Guardiola, does not suit his natural game, especially his ability to run at opposition defenders as he was used to Liverpool and hailed. Continue reading
Manchester City are very much in need of a victory against Arsenal according to star midfielder David Silva.
The Spaniard was speaking ahead of the meeting between the two teams at the Emirates stadium this weekend. This will be one of the most anticipated encounters ahead of the Christmas schedule. Both teams are near the top of the table and separated by just one point. Even though Leicester City currently lead the table with 36 points, Arsenal and Man City are now realistically seen as the title contenders since United and Liverpool have dropped their form of late.
If City are to reassert their superiority in the league, they need to win the big matches according to Silva. City have had some disappointing results against Arsenal of late. This will come as a major surprise since Arsenal have themselves been very poor against the top opponents not just in the last 12 months, but in the last decade as a whole. Manchester City have been in poor form in the league over the last few weeks. Apart from the wins over Southampton and Swansea, they have been very poor. It has been a major reason behind City slipping to third in the table. Continue reading
Merrill Pellegrini is a man under crisis after his Manchester City team suffered yet another defeat. This defeat came in the Manchester Derby against archrivals United. The 4-2 loss not only has ended their title challenge but it has also put them into contention with Liverpool for a top four place. The fact that Brendan Rodgers and his team were able to take advantage of this defeat has made it extremely hard for the club. The club will be ending the campaign without any trophies and this is a major negative aspects for Pellegrini in his efforts to stay at City.
Amidst several reports that the club are looking at alternatives like Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc, Pellegrini says that he will not discuss his future right now. The 3-0 victory over West Brom is the only success that City had in the last five matches. Pellegrini recently criticised the sacking culture in the Premier league where he claimed that managers are not given enough time to show their qualities. After having won the league title last campaign, but the club were expected to kick on and possibly reach the final of the Champions League. Despite taking the lead against United, City played very poorly in the 75 minutes and were deservedly beaten. Continue reading
Even though the vast majority of managers in European football place a huge amount of attention on the Champions League, it appears as though Roberto Mancini is not part of this cult. Just one day after City suffered another defeat in the competition, Mancini has told the press that the competition is overrated – and even likened it to green tea! Continue reading
This is probably one of the most bizarre headlines to originate about Manchester City, but Roberto Mancini claims that his team could take a few lessons from Great Britain’s cyclists. During a visit to the Manchester velodrome, Mancini revealed that he was amazed at the amount of fitness work the cyclists get through and said that his team sometimes need to work harder. Continue reading
Despite being linked with the club for the past few months, it now appears as though Manchester City are all but out of the race to sign Robin Van Persie. Roberto Mancini has stated that he is extremely doubtful that the Dutchman will sign for City, while he has also announced that Edin Dzeko will consequently remain at the club. Continue reading
Considering the immense spending power of City and the fact that they are now one of the most attractive options in world football, many people have been surprised at Roberto Mancini’s lack of activity in the transfer market. However, it now appears as though a deal could be just around the corner, with Mancini claiming that there could be transfer news within the next two weeks. Continue reading
Even though Manchester City have seemingly been linked with every big name under the sun this summer, the club have incredibly not yet dipped into the transfer market. It seems as though this is starting to irritate Roberto Mancini, who claims that the media should be asking questions to the “man in charge” when they want to find out any progress on transfers. Continue reading