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Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone named Coach of the Decade ahead of Zidane, Guardiola, Klopp and Mourinho despite winning just one league title
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Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone named Coach of the Decade ahead of Zidane, Guardiola, Klopp and Mourinho despite winning just one league title

  Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone has been named Coach of the Decade despite winning just one league title. The Argentine saw off competition from the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho to be declared Coach of the Decade by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS), which unveiled the 20 best head coaches in club football. Simeone (152 points) pipped Pep Guardiola (144 points) to the award, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp third on 105 points. In a statement, the IFFHS noted: 'Simeone realized a great performance with his club Atletico Madrid in this decade: 1 LaLiga title, 1 Copa del Rey, 1 Super Copa Espana, 2 UEFA Europa League titles, 2 UEFA Super Cup titles and 2 times Runner-Up in UEFA Champions League Finals. 'His regu...
Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave
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Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave

  Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted Fernandinho will be leaving this summer. The veteran comes off contract in June. Guardiola said today, "With the players in this part of the season, everything is open, like if we don't get results we will be sacked. We have to win our positions every day but I am more than impressed and surprised about the role of the first captain Fernandinho. "He is leading us in an exceptional way, in the good moments but especially in the bad moments and I think what everyone can take an example from what he has done so far the team will be stronger. "I am more than delighted with what Fernandinho has done through all our time together but especially this season."
“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou
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“My period as Barcelona manager is over” – Pep Guardiola rules out possibility of linking up with Lionel Messi at Camp Nou

Guardiola is in the last six months of his current contract with Manchester City, and this week Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced he will be stepping down as president following the club's failures on and off the pitch last season.   Barca presidential candidate Victor Font also announced he wanted to bring Guardiola back so as to arrange a reunion between the 49-year-old and Lionel Messi. "It is our intention to build a very strong and competitive project and we are very lucky at Barca that we inherited a style of play that Johan Cruyff instilled throughout the organisation, and most of the best professionals who know about this style are also fans and love the club - like Pep Guardiola, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta, [Carlos] Puyol," Font told Sky Sports earlier this we...
Guardiola destined to take charge of Brazil? Former assistant says Selecao would appeal to Man City boss
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Guardiola destined to take charge of Brazil? Former assistant says Selecao would appeal to Man City boss

Domenec Torrent, who worked with the Catalan at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and City, feels an international post could be filled at some stage An opportunity to take charge of the Brazil national side would definitely appeal to Pep Guardiola, says Domenec Torrent, the Catalan coach’s former assistant. A productive and trophy-laden managerial career to date has been spent in club circles by one of the very best in the business. Having initially been entrusted with the task of taking the reins at Barcelona, Guardiola has gone on to sprinkle his magic dust over Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
Man Utd legend Neville: I’d want Klopp as my manager
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Man Utd legend Neville: I’d want Klopp as my manager

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has heaped praise on Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Neville was asked who he would want to play for among current Premier League managers. "I would probably say Jurgen Klopp," the former Manchester United man told Sky Sports. "I just look at the way his teams play at the moment. They are adaptable, they do play with possession, but they also counter-attack and they are also competitive. "They are not one trick ponies and I think it just looks like he is full of energy, belief and confidence. "Always feels like he wants to attack, obviously other great managers in the Premier League, Pep Guardiola is one of the greatest managers of all time. "But I feel Jurgen Klopp would be someone great to play for."
Guardiola Reveals What He Will Do If Liverpool Wins League After City’s Defeat To Wolves
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Guardiola Reveals What He Will Do If Liverpool Wins League After City’s Defeat To Wolves

Manchester City lost to Wolves at the weekend opening Liverpool up to an 8 points clear lead on the premier league table. In a press briefing after the game on Daily Post, Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola totally ignored Manchester United while naming the teams around the top of the Premier League. Guardiola shunned United when talking about teams challenging for the top four this season. He also said that he will congratulate Liverpool if they win the league ahead of Man City. He named Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester when discussing the current battle in the table. “It’s too early,” Guardiola said when asked by the press to predict the title race. “There is one team above the others – Liverpool – and then another, us, is close. “I don’t know how big...
Rejuvenated Stones ready to fight for starting spot with Manchester City
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Rejuvenated Stones ready to fight for starting spot with Manchester City

After losing his place at the club last season, the defender is determined to force his way into Pep Guardiola's plans this term John Stones says he is ready to fight for his place at Manchester City after falling out of favour last term. Stones started 20 Premier League matches as Pep Guardiola's side retained the title. But in the closing weeks of a triumphant campaign, Stones had to watch from the sidelines as Guardiola instead entrusted his captain Vincent Kompany, who struck a vital late winner against Leicester City.
Sarri’s Trophyless Philosophy is Chelsea’s Nightmare
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Sarri’s Trophyless Philosophy is Chelsea’s Nightmare

While he was with Napoli, the team won more games (25) and scored more goals (80) than any other season following their promotion to a 20-team Serie A in 2007, and Sarri’s efforts were recognised as he was awarded the Panchina d’Oro – handed to the best coach in a Serie A season. Also, Gonzalo Higuain – now reunited with Sarri at Chelsea – breaking a Serie A record with 36 league goals in the 2015-16 season. Yes, the 60-year-old’s attractive ‘Sarri-ball’ approach received many plaudits during his three years at Napoli, but he is yet to add a trophy to the individual accolades he has been awarded. Presently, his Chelsea spell has been marred with struggles and has alienated the fans: with his refusal to adapt his system, many fans growing frustrated at his repetitive substitutions....
Guardiola Refuses to Hit Back at Valverde Over De Jong
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Guardiola Refuses to Hit Back at Valverde Over De Jong

Ernesto Valverde was critical of Pep Guardiola's contact with Frenkie de Jong, but the Manchester City boss wants an end to the issue Pep Guardiola opted not to hit back at Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde following his criticism of Manchester City’s approach for Frenkie de Jong. The Ajax midfielder has agreed a deal to join Barca for the 2019-20 season in an €86million deal, but De Jong confirmed in an interview he held talks with both Paris Saint-Germain and City manager Guardiola before choosing LaLiga's leaders. Valverde was unimpressed with this revelation, telling reporters: "You cannot talk to a player who has a contract. It's not in my code. Everyone has their way of acting. I have nothing more to say." Ahead of City's Premier League game away to Newcastle United...
Ezekiel  Bassey- Nou Camp Reject Takes Solace in Egypt
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Ezekiel Bassey- Nou Camp Reject Takes Solace in Egypt

Ezekiel Bassey came to prominence after he signed a provisional two-and-a-half-year contract with the Spanish giants Barcelona from Enyimba FC of Aba. Though he was signed to play for Team B in the Segunda Lig, he had the prospect of training with the main team if he is able to impress. But it was not to be as it was a case of ‘Come Easy, Go Easy’. He was quickly shipped back to Nigeria after failing to meet the cut. That did not, however, deter his ambition to ply his football trade outside the shores of Nigeria, as he on Monday moved to an Egyptian side, Al Masry SC In 2017, the Catalan club announced on its official website that it has snapped up the Nigerian forward Ezekiel Bassey until the end of the season with a further two-year extension option at the end of his current deal. “...
Man City Were Right To Destroy Burton – Gabriel Jesus
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Man City Were Right To Destroy Burton – Gabriel Jesus

Gabriel Jesus has said Manchester City have no reason to apologize after they crushed minnows Burton 9-0 in the League Cup semi-finals. The Brazilian scored four times as City refused to take their foot off the gas in a ruthless demolition job at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola’s side were four up by half-time but didn’t spare third tier Burton’s embarrassment after the interval as they piled on the goals. The clinical display effectively booked City’s place in the League Cup final before they have even played the semi-final second leg at Burton later this month. Some pundits suggested Guardiola should have shown mercy for tiny Burton, whose unheralded players were completely out-classed by the Premier League champions’ star-studded line-up. But Br...
Guardiola Warned over Conduct at Liverpool Game
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Guardiola Warned over Conduct at Liverpool Game

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been warned by the Football Association about his behaviour during Thursday’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Guardiola threw his scarf to the ground and shouted at fourth official Martin Atkinson after a decision had gone against his team in the second half. This is the 47-year-old Spaniard’s first warning. If any manager receives four such warnings then they must serve a touchline ban.
Guardiola Says Managing In England Is ‘Dream Come True’
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Guardiola Says Managing In England Is ‘Dream Come True’

Pep Guardiola said managing in England is a “dream come true” as he was honoured by the Football Writers’ Association fresh from a 6-1 Premier League victory against Southampton. Guardiola The Manchester City manager was recognised for his side’s Premier League title last season and the club are again setting the pace this season, with nine wins in 11 games. Speaking at Sunday’s ceremony in Manchester, he said: “I’m fortunate to be here in your country, in England. “It’s incredible. It was a dream from a little boy for a young manager to come here to your country and be a manager here. It’s a dream come true.” City won 32 of their 38 games last season, scoring a record 106 goals and amassing a record 100 points. “I want to share, of course, this award with the whole Manchester City f...
Guardiola Hails Man City Whizkids For Cup Win
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Guardiola Hails Man City Whizkids For Cup Win

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was delighted with his young players for their Carabao Cup win over Fulham. Brahim Diaz struck twice for the 2-0 win. "Everybody was good," the manager reflected. "Brahim made two goals, Aro (Muric) - even though we didn't concede too many chances - gave us good security. "Phil (Foden), every time he plays at a good level. I wouldn't single people out in particular, we made an excellent performance again - without the ball we were aggressive, we played like the competition and every game deserves. "With the ball we were clever and we created enough chances to score more goals. I'm so satisfied with the victory." Guardiola also spoke about how difficult it is to leave players out of his squad when there is so much quality at his disposal. ...
Man City Boss Guardiola: Great Victory; Spurs Must Fix This
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Man City Boss Guardiola: Great Victory; Spurs Must Fix This

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was unhappy with the Wembley pitch after victory at Tottenham. Riyad Mahrez grabbed the only goal of the game. Guardiola said: "It was a great victory in special conditions, against one of the most physical teams in Europe. We had many chances. We have to score and we didn't. That is why hopefully we will improve in the future. "It was not football conditions to play. We reacted well. For our players and the players of Tottenham, hopefully they will sort the problem for the future. "We missed a lot. You cannot expect against Tottenham to score a lot of goals, the pitch was complicated and we played against a physical team - with [Mousa] Dembele, [Davinson] Sanchez, [Toby] Alderweireld, [Eric] Dier - incredible physicality and the pitch was so complica...
Mendy Misses Man City Match Due To Knee Problem
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Mendy Misses Man City Match Due To Knee Problem

Pep Guardiola has revealed that Benjamin Mendy missed Manchester City’s Premier League victory against Fulham because of a knee problem and he does not know how long the French defender will be out. Benjamin Mendy The left-back missed much of last season with a knee ligament injury sustained against Crystal Palace last September. READ ALSO: Hazard can be Premier League top-scorer, says Chelsea’s Sarri He returned to action in April, in time to make France’s squad for their World Cup-winning campaign in Russia, where he played once, in the final group match against Denmark in Moscow. But Guardiola revealed that Mendy, 24, missed Saturday’s 3-0 win at the Etihad with a knee problem. “I don’t know how many days he will be out,” said the Spaniard, whose side play Lyon in the Ch...
Chelsea Sign New Manager After Firing Antonio Conte
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Chelsea Sign New Manager After Firing Antonio Conte

Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract on Saturday, bringing in a headstrong coach known for his expansive, attacking approach to soccer and for revitalizing Napoli in his only stint with a big European club. The 59-year-old Italian replaced Antonio Conte, who was fired on Friday after two years in charge in which he won the Premier League and F.A. Cup but failed to gain the power he wanted at Stamford Bridge. Sarri earned praise from the likes of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for the way he turned around the fortunes of Napoli from 2015-18, returning the team to the Champions League and almost snatching the Italian League title from Juventus with his innovative way of thinking and attention to detail.   “Maurizio’s Napoli side played s...
Guardiola Rejects Talk Of Mourinho Rivalry Ahead Of Manchester Derby
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Guardiola Rejects Talk Of Mourinho Rivalry Ahead Of Manchester Derby

Pep Guardiola insists there is little rivalry between himself and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday's derby. The two superstar managers go head-to-head again at the Etihad Stadium, with City on the verge of winning the Premier League – the Blues needing a win over United to seal the title. Over the years Guardiola and Mourinho have met 20 times, with the Spaniard having claimed nine wins, only losing on four occasions. Their rivalry began during spells with Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, and was reignited when they arrived on opposite sides of Manchester. However, Guardiola insists there is no tension between the pair and that he has a lot of respect for his opposite number. "Listen, when we arrived here it's OK, I understand: it's Pep arriv...
Pep Guardiola Fined By FA Over Yellow Ribbon Protest
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Pep Guardiola Fined By FA Over Yellow Ribbon Protest

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 by the Football Association (FA) and warned over his future conduct after wearing a yellow ribbon supporting political prisoners in his native Catalonia. On Monday, Guardiola accepted the FA charge of "wearing a political message", putting him in breach of the organisation's kit and advertising regulations. The City boss began wearing the pin in support of pro-independence politicians Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, who were imprisoned as part of the crackdown that followed last October's referendum in Catalonia and remain in custody. A brief statement issued by the FA read: "Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has been fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting an FA charge for wearing a politi...
Manchester City Will Challenge For FA Cup Despite Nightmarish Fixtures – Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City Will Challenge For FA Cup Despite Nightmarish Fixtures – Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has insisted Manchester City remain committed to lifting the FA Cup this season despite the prospect of a nightmare-run of fixtures. The City manager has earmarked an 11-day spell in late February and early March as the defining period of the club’s season, when they will face four matches across three competitions. That sequence will begin with the English League Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley on February 25, followed by a Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium four days later. The following Sunday comes a home league match against Chelsea, before the second leg of City’s Champions League last-16 tie against Swiss champions Basel three days later. Should they lose their FA Cup fourth-round tie at Cardiff on Sunday, City will have a clear 12 days next ...
Guardiola Congratulates Sanchez On Impending Man United Move
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Guardiola Congratulates Sanchez On Impending Man United Move

Pep Guardiola has congratulated Alexis Sanchez on his impending move to Manchester United, insisting the Chilean and his agent have "decided what is the best for them". Guardiola had made Alexis his priority target last summer and this month, but Goal revealed this week he and his Manchester City bosses pulled the plug on their pursuit after discovering that the 29-year-old and his agent had struck a deal with United. Jose Mourinho confirmed that his side are yet to close an agreement with Arsenal, but admitted that he could not deny that his side "are there" in the race to sign him. It has been widely reported that Alexis will earn anything between £300,000-per-week and £500,000-per-week at Old Trafford, but Guardiola was not prepared to discuss the financial aspect of the deal. "I am...
Gabriel Jesus To Return In Two To Three Weeks – Pep Guardiola
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Gabriel Jesus To Return In Two To Three Weeks – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus is expected to return to fitness in two to three weeks after receiving treatment on his knee injury, according to Pep Guardiola. The 20-year-old, who has eight Premier League goals this season, was injured in the goalless draw with Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve, as City’s 18-match winning league run came to an end, leaving the field in tears. Guardiola confirmed that he visited Dr Ramon Cugat in Barcelona on Thursday to be assessed and suggested Jesus could return for City’s Champions League last-16 tie against Basel on February 13. “Yesterday [Thursday], he was in Barcelona with Dr Cugat,” said Guardiola. “I think in two, three weeks hopefully for the Champions League game against Basel he could be fit.” City are keen to bring Arsena...
Liverpool Squad Enjoy A Mid-Season Trip To Dubai… While Roberto Firmino Takes A Breather In Cyprus
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Liverpool Squad Enjoy A Mid-Season Trip To Dubai… While Roberto Firmino Takes A Breather In Cyprus

Club-record signing Virgil van Dijk scored a dream winner for the Reds in their FA Cup third round tie with the Toffees at Anfield on Friday night, but as they travelled to the Middle East for a mid-season training camp, Firmino was a clear absence from the squad. The Brazilian, who played the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 victory, is among a handful of first team stars to not travel with the squad, with others remaining at Melwood for private sessions. Klopp felt the need to reward his side with a break from the cold English winter following the conclusion of a busy festive period that saw them play 10 games - where they seven and were unbeaten - in the space of six weeks. Danny Ings, who is still working towards making his Liverpool return after a lengthy spell out injured, and Mohamed S...
Vincent Kompany Out Of Man City’s Game Against Swansea
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Vincent Kompany Out Of Man City’s Game Against Swansea

Vincent Kompany will miss Manchester City’s game against Swansea on Wednesday but his injury is not as bad as first feared, says Pep Guardiola. Kompany was substituted at half-time in City’s 2-1 win over Manchester United in Sunday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford due to a muscular problem. The defender was just four games into his return from an 11-week absence due to a calf injury. Asked if Kompany will be fit to face Swansea, Guardiola said: “No, but I think it will be less than we expect, so hopefully it could be in the short-term future. But exactly? I don’t know.” Manchester City’s win over their rivals was their 14th in a row in the Premier League, taking them 11 points clear at the top of the table. Guardiola’s side were also given a favourable draw in the last 16 ...
Pep Guardiola Hails Big Victory For Gritty Manchester City
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Pep Guardiola Hails Big Victory For Gritty Manchester City

Pep Guardiola hailed Manchester City for refusing to be frustrated by West Ham’s massed defence after the Premier League leaders came from behind to snatch a 2-1 win on Sunday. Free-scoring City found it hard to break down the well-organised Hammers after Angelo Ogbonnna’s shock opener just before half-time, but they kept their heads and equalised through Nicolas Otamendi 12 minutes after the break before David Silva volleyed a fine winner with seven minutes left. “We started really well but we lost our patience. We didn’t have any rhythm because (West Ham goalkeeper) Adrian was taking 30 seconds every time (with the ball). “They played 10 players inside the box, it was almost impossible. It’s a big victory. It showed what we are.” City’s record-equalling 13th successive league...
Sanchez, Can, Goretzka, Ghoulam, Wilshere On Guardiola Radar
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Sanchez, Can, Goretzka, Ghoulam, Wilshere On Guardiola Radar

City spent heavily in the summer and may now be looking for a bargain with a number of highly rated players out of contract at the end of the season. Guardiola could opt to move for them at a reduced price when the transfer window opens in January or wait until the summer and pick them up for free. Here are five of the best players that Catalan could be considering ... Alexis Sanchez The Arsenal forward was close to joining City during the summer transfer window with a deal agreed until the Gunners pulled the plug in the final hours when they couldn't find a replacement. Sources have told ESPN FC City will consider returning for the Chilean in January with Guardiola concerned about his attacking options. The City boss is short of width on the left side following the serious knee inj...
Pep Guardiola Mulls Vincent Kompany Return For Man City
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Pep Guardiola Mulls Vincent Kompany Return For Man City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is considering calling on captain Vincent Kompany to solve his centre-back problems at Leicester City on Saturday. The Belgium international, 31, has not played since picking up a calf injury during his country’s 9-0 win over Gibraltar in August. Since then, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have impressed in defence for City, but the Argentinian is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Arsenal. “I have something in my mind to replace him,” Guardiola said on Friday. “We have Manga (Eliaquim Mangala), maybe Kompany can come back. We will see. “We have other options, of course. Kyle (Walker) can play in central defence, Fernandinho can play in that position. “It’s not a natural position for Kyle and Dinho...
‘Guardiola Is A Fucking Messiah!’, Says Singer Noel Gallagher
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‘Guardiola Is A Fucking Messiah!’, Says Singer Noel Gallagher

Manchester City’s start to the season has supporters thrilled with the prospect of what lies in store for the rest of the campaign. Noel Gallagher, the former Oasis guitarist and chief songwriter, is not known for his reserve and has spoken out in glowing terms over the Catalan. City have won 10 of their opening 11 matches of the season, opening up an eight-point gap to neighbours Manchester United – and they have done so in some style. They have scored an astounding 38 goals already, and in all competitions they have already found the net more than 50 times. That has led Gallagher to hail the manager. “Pep Guardiola’s a f***ing Messiah!” he told Italian media as he promoted the new album of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. “I think that we are playing the some of the best football ...
Fearless Guardiola Shows Cowardly Mourinho Attack Is Now the Best Form Of Defence
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Fearless Guardiola Shows Cowardly Mourinho Attack Is Now the Best Form Of Defence

It was May 2015 and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea had just won the Premier League title when he appeared to aim a dig at Pep Guardiola, who was by then safely ensconced at Bayern Munich and the proud recipient of two consecutive Bundesliga shields. "For me, I'm not the smartest guy to choose countries and clubs,” Mourinho said. “I could choose another club in another country where to be champion is easier. Maybe I will go to a country where a kit man can be coach and win the title.” Mourinho – even in the first flush of victory – could not resist talking up his own achievements in winning what he perceived to be a good league while talking down those of Guardiola, who could only triumph in Germany, where Bayern perennially dominate the landscape. While the two were apart, it was relatively ea...
Manchester City’s Creative Hub David Silva Is In The Form Of His Life
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Manchester City’s Creative Hub David Silva Is In The Form Of His Life

It’s been Sergio Aguero’s week. He finally claimed his place as Manchester City’s all-time top goal scorer - and what a way to do it. Away against Napoli in one of City’s most difficult fixtures of the season, Aguero slotted home past Pepe Reina to move his side into a decisive lead. His boot supplier will commemorate Aguero reaching the 178-goal mark with a special pair of boots, which he will use against Arsenal on Sunday. There will be a presentation on the field at the Etihad beforehand. And then Aguero might well be taking his place behind Pep Guardiola on the bench. For all the plaudits that have come his way over the years, there is still a sense that the manager is not wholly satisfied with what Aguero is giving him. There have been high-profile spells on the bench, the injuries...
Gabriel Jesus Reveals How Guardiola Convinced Him To Choose Man City
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Gabriel Jesus Reveals How Guardiola Convinced Him To Choose Man City

Gabriel Jesus has revealed how Pep Guardiola played a key role in his decision to join Manchester City over Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United. The Brazilian forward’s obvious potential had been noted by leading sides across Europe following his emergence at Palmeiras. Having starred for club and country, an exciting talent was presented with several options to consider as he contemplated his next move. In the end, City won out as they put a £27 million deal in place, with Jesus arriving at the Etihad Stadium in January 2017 to link up with Guardiola and embark on a productive opening to his time in England. The 20-year-old told FourFourTwo on how he came to that decision: “Guardiola called me up and said I would be a very important part of his project. “This obviously made m...
Guardiola Not Pushing Stricken Kompany Towards Belgium Retirement
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Guardiola Not Pushing Stricken Kompany Towards Belgium Retirement

Pep Guardiola insists he will not look to influence Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany over his international future. Kompany suffered the latest in a succession of calf injuries during Belgium's 9-0 win over Gibraltar in August and has missed City's last 11 games in all competitions. Guardiola told a news conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to West Brom he expects the 31-year-old centre-back to return to action after the November international break. Kompany previously suggested he would look to retire from Belgium duty after the 2018 World Cup in Russia but Guardiola refused to be drawn into that discussion despite the problems caused by his skipper's most recent excursion with the national team. "I don't know his position, no," he said. "Vincent is a man, you kn...
Pep Guardiola Faults Match Ball After Manchester City’s Carabao Cup Win Over Wolves
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Pep Guardiola Faults Match Ball After Manchester City’s Carabao Cup Win Over Wolves

Pep Guardiola laid into the match ball after watching his Manchester City beat Wolves on penalties in the Carabao Cup, saying it would have been a “miracle” for Sergio Aguero to have broken his scoring record with it. The clash between the sides top of the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship was an entertaining – if scoreless – affair, with Claudio Bravo required to be at his best to deny Nuno Espirito Santos’ side from snatching a shock win. The Chile goalkeeper again came to the rescue in the shoot-out at the Etihad Stadium, denying Alfred N’Diaye and Conor Coady as City won 4-1 on penalties after a scoreless 120 minutes. Guardiola was satisfied to be in the quarter-finals but was not best pleased with the English Football League’s Mitre match ball. “The ball is not accep...
I May Tell Truth About 2008 Barcelona Link One Day – Jose Mourinho
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I May Tell Truth About 2008 Barcelona Link One Day – Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he will “one day tell the truth” about his potential move to Barcelona that fell through in 2008. In 2013, former Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that Mourinho had wanted to coach the club after leaving Chelsea. He emerged as a possible replacement for Frank Rijkaard but instead joined Inter Milan after Barca decided Pep Guardiola was better suited to the job. And speaking to Telefoot, he said: “Maybe one day I’ll be able to reveal the truth. No, no [not today]. “These are things in my career which I prefer to keep to myself. Maybe I will reveal them one day, when I will be old, old, old. Maybe.” In 2013, Laporta said Mourinho “wanted to come to Barcelona, but it wasn’t possible because we had decided to sign Guardio...
I knew I Wasn’t Going To Arsenal – Raheem Sterling
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I knew I Wasn’t Going To Arsenal – Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling claims he did not give a moment’s thought to rumours linking him with a deadline-day move from Manchester City to Arsenal. The England international was mentioned as a possible bargaining chip when City stepped up their efforts to bring Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez to the Etihad Stadium on the final day of the summer transfer window in August. But, with manager Pep Guardiola unwilling to let Sterling go, City made only cash offers for Sanchez – eventually up to £60m – and no deal materialised. Sterling has gone on to play a full part in City’s superb start to the season and, speaking to the media on Monday ahead of City’s Champions League clash with Napoli, he said he never thought he would be part of a player-exchange deal. “I didn’t need to speak with him (G...
Mauricio Pochettino Slams ‘Disrespectful’ Pep Guardiola Over Harry Kane Jibe
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Mauricio Pochettino Slams ‘Disrespectful’ Pep Guardiola Over Harry Kane Jibe

Mauricio Pochettino accused Pep Guardiola of being disrespectful after the Manchester City manager claimed Harry Kane’s prolific form is the only reason for Tottenham Hotspur’s success. Kane has scored 11 goals in his last six appearances for Spurs to keep Pochettino’s side in touch with Premier League leaders City. The 24-year-old also scored England’s winning goals in their recent World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania. Speaking during the international break, City boss Guardiola said: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals”. Pochettino didn’t take kindly to Guardiola’s taunt and the Tottenham manager hit back by pointing out that goals from Lionel Messi were the driving force behind the Spaniard’s trophy-laden spell at Barcelona. ...
Man Utd Branded A Long-Ball Team In Sly Dig By City Boss Guardiola
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Man Utd Branded A Long-Ball Team In Sly Dig By City Boss Guardiola

Manchester United have been branded direct and in favour of a long-ball approach by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Jose Mourinho has forged a reputation down the years for making his sides difficult to beat, with the Portuguese having sought to blend graft with guile from Porto to United via Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid. His methods have not always been well received, but he has always delivered results. Mourinho has United level with City in the 2017-18 Premier League title race, but Guardiola has suggested that is down to adopting a more English approach than that embraced by the likes of his City side and fellow contenders for the crown, Chelsea and Tottenham. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told The Premier League Show: “[A more direct style] doesn't hold Engl...
Neville: Man City Are The Most Exciting Side In Europe
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Neville: Man City Are The Most Exciting Side In Europe

Manchester City are “the most exciting side in Europe”, according to Phil Neville, but he sees Manchester United pushing them close. Pep Guardiola’s side have been in imperious form since the international break, sweeping aside all before them. In five fixtures across Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup competition, City have plundered 22 goals. They are, however, only top of the domestic standings on goal difference, with Neville of the opinion that Jose Mourinho’s experience will keep United in the hunt until a potentially crucial derby clash at Old Trafford on December 9. The former Red Devils star wrote in the Class of ’92 blog for Sky Sports : “Well, after another 5-0 [over Crystal Palace] victory, you've got to say Manchester City are the most exciting side in Europe...
De Bruyne On The Road To Premier League Greatness
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De Bruyne On The Road To Premier League Greatness

There was a sense last season that Kevin De Bruyne was struggling with Pep Guardiola's demands. The Belgium international had been earmarked as somebody who could spearhead the new-look Manchester City, but from the mid-point of the season he looked laboured, perhaps weighed down by his new, more industrious role in the Blues' engine room. He was still putting up the numbers - compared to his debut season at the Etihad, he doubled his Premier League assists and scored one fewer league goal, thanks largely to an unfortunate knack for hitting the woodwork - but it still seemed to many onlookers that Guardiola was not getting the best out of him. The former Barcelona playmaker decided to convert a thrilling playmaker into a box-to-box midfielder, somebody who would get involved in almost ev...
Liverpool Should Keep Faith In Jurgen Klopp, Says Paul Merson
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Liverpool Should Keep Faith In Jurgen Klopp, Says Paul Merson

Liverpool have failed to replicate the scintillating performance which saw them blow Arsenal away before the international break, shipping five goals at Manchester City before being held by Sevilla in their Champions League opener. The results have led to questions being asked of Klopp's ability to end the Merseysiders' 27-year wait to be champions. But, speaking on The Debate, Merson believes the Reds boss is two-thirds of the way to fielding a side capable of mounting a sustained title tilt. "I like Jurgen Klopp," he said. "But let's not get carried away, Liverpool are where you'd expect them to be at the moment. I didn't expect them to win the league this season. "Managers don't know everything about the Premier League after being here for a year-and-a-half - it will take Klopp time...
Man City Will Try Again To Sign Alexis Sanchez In January
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Man City Will Try Again To Sign Alexis Sanchez In January

Manchester City have not given up on Alexis Sanchez and will try to sign him again when the window re-opens in January, according to Sky Sports. City had a £60m bid for Sanchez accepted by the Gunners on Deadline Day but the deal collapsed when Arsenal were unable to sign Thomas Lemar as a replacement from Monaco. Sanchez’s Arsenal contract runs out next summer and he will be able to discuss a move with foreign clubs as soon as 2018 begins. Sky Sports reports Sanchez thought everything regarding his transfer to City would be sorted on Thursday and he would be playing under Pep Guardiola this season. The 28-year-old was in Chile, where he is preparing to play for his country in their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, as City tried frantically to get the deal over the line on Thursd...
Guardiola Baffled By Sterling Red Card
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Guardiola Baffled By Sterling Red Card

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola questioned why Raheem Sterling had been sent off after scoring a 97th-minute winner to earn his side a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth on Saturday. Sterling scored with a deflected shot deep into stoppage time at the Vitality Stadium and celebrated by running into the away section, for which referee Mike Dean showed him a second yellow card. “I do not understand the decision,” Guardiola said. “If you cannot celebrate with the fans, tell me the reason why. Maybe we should not play with fans.” Having seen his side drop points in a 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Monday, Guardiola’s relief was evident as he celebrated Sterling’s winner with his coaching staff. “Winning in the last minute is always special,” said Guardiola, whose team won 2-0 at B...
It Is Possible To Pay For Messi’s Buyout Clause – Guardiola
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It Is Possible To Pay For Messi’s Buyout Clause – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, believes Lionel Messi’s €300million buyout clause could be activated. Messi has agreed to sign a new contract with Barcelona, though he is yet to officially put pen to paper. With Messi’s signature not yet on his Barca contract, the Argentina captain has been linked with City. Asked whether Messi’s buyout clause could be activated following Neymar’s €222million move to Paris Saint-Germain, Guardiola responded: “I don’t know. Someone might have if they have the money and want to spend it. “It might happen.” Guardiola was speaking after 10-man City’s 1-1 draw at home to Everton on Monday.
Evans Pursuit Not Make-Or-Break – Guardiola
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Evans Pursuit Not Make-Or-Break – Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City squad can challenge for honours even if he is unable to make any more signings before the transfer window closes. The City manager is eager to strengthen his defence and is expected to pursue a deal for West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans. But with West Brom having already rejected a bid of £18 million ($23.2 million, 19.8 million euros), Guardiola says signing Evans is not make-or-break. “Like last season, every season I start, I always believe my players are the best,” Guardiola told reporters at a press conference in Manchester on Friday. “He (Evans) is a player for West Brom. It’s still the same. Tony Pulis was clear, so there’s nothing to talk about. “We try to do the best squad as possible for the long season. We are ...
Man City’s Guardiola Seeking More Quality To His Team’s Play
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Man City’s Guardiola Seeking More Quality To His Team’s Play

Pep Guardiola cannot fault the work rate of his Manchester City side, but wants more precision in their play. City opened their campaign with a 2-0 win at Premier League new boys Brighton on Saturday. The visitors were kept at bay by the Seagulls until striker Sergio Aguero made the breakthrough after 70 minutes and Lewis Dunk’s own goal doubled the advantage. “We have to learn to attack better,” Guardiola said. “The big teams have to handle all situations. I am satisfied, especially with the second half. We are here to win games. We won but it is just the first one. “We run a lot. You don’t see one player on my team not running. That is what I’m proud of the most. “Last season we ran a lot but in the boxes we were not good. “In the boxes we were perfect [at Brighton]. We...
Guardiola Wants Man City To Play Like Barca – Toure
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Guardiola Wants Man City To Play Like Barca – Toure

Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure has revealed that Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, is determined to win in style just like he did at Barcelona. City have been impressive in preseason, scoring 10 goals in their last three friendlies – a 4-1 victory over Real Madrid and back-to-back 3-0 wins over Tottenham and West Ham. “The mentality of the manager is playing good and winning — not just winning,” Toure told reporters. “We want the fans to enjoy it and we try to do our best. If we have to score more then we will score more. “At Barcelona I was used to playing like that. I’m a type of player with a lot of experience. I think I’m lucky because I used to play under Pep at Barcelona and I know what he wants. He was a brilliant midfielder and [City coach] Mikel Arteta as well, an...
Pep Reveals How His Team Will Be Selected Next Season
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Pep Reveals How His Team Will Be Selected Next Season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed what will determine any of his players making his weekly team sheet in the Premier League. The City manager spoke after his team rounded off their preseason with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham in Iceland. Portuguese playmaker, Bernardo Silva made his first appearance for the club along with new signings Danilo, Kyle Walker and Ederson Moraes. Despite having a star studded squad already, Guardiola has spent around £200million. Team selection will now be a major problem for the former Barcelona coach who is hoping to added more players before August 31. Asked what will inform his team selection in the coming season, the Spaniard said, “They have to convince me this week. I have confidence in them so it’s not about that bu...
I Always Wanted Man City – Mendy
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I Always Wanted Man City – Mendy

New Manchester City signing Benjamin Mendy says he decided he wanted to join the club as soon as the Ligue 1 season was over. The 23-year-old completed his move to Pep Guardiola’s side on Monday for a reported fee of £52million, making him the world’s most expensive defender. Mendy, who has signed a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium, has been linked with City for several weeks and he admits that it is a move he has been desperate to make. “I am very proud of it, this is what I wanted from the beginning,” the France international, who is City’s sixth signing of the transfer window, told the club’s official website. “As soon as the championship was over, I talked to my family and it was all clear in my head, I wanted to join Manchester City. I was really happy about it. “I ...
Walker Says He Joined Man City For Trophies
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Walker Says He Joined Man City For Trophies

Manchester City’s new signing Kyle Walker is desperate to win trophies after admitting his CV lacks silverware. City paid in excess than £50m for the player which is a world-record fee for a defender, according to Sky Sports. Walker was an integral figure for a Spurs team that finished above City the past two Premier League seasons but did not win a trophy in his seven years in north London. The England full-back admits his main motivation for joining Pep Guardiola’s side is to win titles. “With the size of the club, we need to go on and pick up silverware, get trophies left, right and centre, and hopefully that can add to my CV because I haven’t won that many things so far in my career,” he told CityTV. “Tottenham was a great club, it helped me to get me to where I am now. ...
Dani Alves Dumps Man City For PSG After 230k-A-Week Offer
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Dani Alves Dumps Man City For PSG After 230k-A-Week Offer

Manchester City bowed out of the race to sign Dani Alves after they discovered Paris Saint-Germain were offering almost double what they were willing to pay. Alves is a free agent having been released by Juventus earlier this month but it is believed PSG have offered the Brazilian a two-year contract worth a total of £25m in wages (£230k a week) over two years. The 34-year-old is expected to be paraded at PSG’s latest signing at a media conference in the French capital later on Wednesday. Sky Sports reports Pep Guardiola was keen to rekindle his relationship with Alves, having worked so successfully with him at Barcelona. City believed they had a deal agreed and Alves was due to fly to Houston with the rest of the City team on Monday. However, over the weekend, PSG contacted...