Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has shut down the suggestion that his team has an advantage over city rivals Manchester United ahead of their Premier League clash next weekend. Several football stakeholders have suggested that Manchester City have a good chance of picking up the three points ahead of hosts Manchester United as they don’t have to deal with a strong Champions League fixture in midweek before their game at the weekend.
Manchester United will host Manchester City in the first Manchester Derby clash of this Premier League campaign at Old Trafford on Saturday. Ahead of the game, Manchester City don’t have the burden of trying to secure their place in the knockout stage of the Champions League like what’s obtainable with their city rivals. Continue reading
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is convinced that striker Sergio Aguero will be the same player once he comes back from his injury problems. The 32-year-old has only featured in 26 league matches the start of last season. A number of fitness problems have cropped up for the striker, who is arguably one of the best in the Premier League. In his absence, City have failed to exert any dominance in the league and they have seen Liverpool pip them to the title last season.Even though Gabriel Jesus has managed to provide a good understudy, the return of Aguero is keenly awaited by Guardiola and those at Manchester City.
Aguero is the top scorer for City in all competitions. There have been very few players who have been able to better his goal tally in the last five years. Since 2015, Aguero has come up with 102 goals – a tally which is beaten only by Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy who have scored 126 and 106 goals respectively. However, there are a lot of concerns about Aguero this time around, as he is coming towards the twilight of his career. The striker has made a successful return from injury on a couple of occasions, but he has went back to the treatment table at the same speed. Yet, Guardiola is not concerned about these problems.
Pep Guardiola could be without the services of one of his players for the crunch Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening. The player in question is Oleksandr Zinchencko who’s on national team duty with Ukraine.
Zinchencko is a midfielder by trade but he has been playing as a left-back for the Citizens for two years and counting. He is an important member of the Ukrainian national team squad under the stewardship of Ukrainian football legend Andriy Shevchencko. Oleksandr Zinchencko could miss the Spurs game this weekend after the entire Ukraine team went into isolation upon the news that three players tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that he has no complaints after the club’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League. The Citizens started as the brighter team in the derby and they looked good value going forward during the opening 10 minutes. However, as the game progressed, the Red Devils started to stamp their authority on the counter-attack and they eventually bagged the opening goal through Marcus Rashford via the penalty spot.
That advantage was doubled soon after through Anthony Martial with a low shot and the Citizens could not make a comeback as Nicolas Otamendi netted the only goal for them. Speaking after the game, Guardiola acknowledged that his team gave their best against the Red Devils but the latter were better on the day, he told: “Yes we lost 1-2 but I congratulate my team, my players were fantastic, we are a fantastic team. They are so fast, so quick and sometimes when you lose the ball it is more difficult. We tried, we got to the last third many, many times and they can run. Maybe but more than usual.”
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.
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.”
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.
Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne may have been figured out during the ongoing campaign with the team adopting the same style of play under Pep Guardiola. The Citizens have already suffered more defeats in the Premier League than the entirety of the previous season but they are still in the running to secure a historic quadruple.
Speaking to reporters, De Bruyne highlighted that teams may have become fond of their gameplay under Guardiola but that is unlikely to force them to change. He added that even a treble can be deemed a huge success after league and Cup double last term and the task of winning all four competitions remains a tedious task nonetheless.