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Guardiola urges City fans to stay safe


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised key workers for putting their lives at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic and urged fans to continue staying safe.

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The Premier League was shut down more than two months ago by the coronavirus outbreak but it is hoped that football in the top division could restart behind closed doors midway through June.

City’s first-team squad returned to the Etihad Campus last week and Guardiola says the players are keen to return to action when they can do so safely.

“All the fans around the world are waiting for football to come back. We want to come back but now the priority is other things,” he said.

“The message is still stay safe, be careful and when everything is possible we will come back. First I think without [the fans], but hopefully we come back to a routine.

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“But now the most important thing is to follow the instructions. If they say use a mask, stay at home, social distance – we have to do it. Because there are many, many people in the NHS, who put their own lives at risk to save ours.

“It’s incredible what they have done, and we have to follow them. Now, we cannot do anything wrong.”

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Guardiola’s first team were training in small groups at the weekend having been tested for coronavirus, with the Catalan watching on, wearing a face mask and surgical gloves.

Among the training group were Aymeric Laporte and Leroy Sane, who were recovering from injuries before the shutdown, and Guardiola said the players had come back in good shape.

“It’s nice to come back of course,” he said. “We follow the rules we have to. This is the most important thing. We don’t do anything special.

“[The players are] really good. I think they have been looking forward to coming back and training again and do what they like. They came back perfectly.”

Guardiola’s mother Dolors Sala Carrio sadly passed away aged 82 after contracting coronavirus in April.

He donated €1 million (£920,000/$1.08 million) to help buy medical supplies in the fight against coronavirus in his home of Catalonia.


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Pep Guardiola speaks after Manchester city throws 3-1 defeat at Manchester United


Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has reacted to his side’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday night at Old Trafford.

He also hailed Man United forward, Mason Greenwood for his brilliant display against Man City. NobleSport learnt


Three goals from Bernardo Silva, Riyad Mahrez and Andreas Pereira (OG) ensured Man City defeated the Red Devils as Marcus Rashford’s second-half strike was not enough to salvage a point for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

“In the first minutes, it was tight, they had one or two counter-attacks and the second shot. It was an outstanding goal from Bernardo and since then we played really good with a lot of passes arriving from behind,” Guardiola said as quoted by Sky Sports after the game.


“In the second half, they changed the shape from a diamond to a 4-4-2 and we struggled a little bit, but it’s a good result.

“No [I wasn’t frustrated in the second half] because they played good and we could not control quite well, especially Mason Greenwood between the lines, we struggled a little bit with that, but, in general, it was an incredible performance. We are playing at Old Trafford against our rival in a semi-final and it was a fantastic result for us.

“It’s not over though, it’s Man Utd and we see how they can come back… but hopefully with our fans, we can make a good game and reach the final again.”

Man City will now play Man United on January 29 in the return leg at the Etihad Stadium.


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Gabriel jesus decides to finally remove Agüero as man city’s main striker.


Gabriel Jesus has said that he wants to permanently oust Sergio Aguero from Manchester City’s starting lineup and become their main striker going forward.

Injuries and fitness concerns have limited Aguero’s playing time so far this season, with Jesus making 15 appearances for City this campaign.

Gabriel Jesus
Speaking to The Sun, Jesus revealed that he’s intent on keeping the striker’s spot for himself.


“In the first season when I came, I played a lot. I came here to play, play, play,” he said. “After that year sometimes it was him and not me. I know Sergio is a legend, top scorer of club, top man, top guy. I like him as a player and a person.

“I know Sergio can score every game because of his quality and experience — and every time he plays I want him to score, obviously, so I wait and I wait.

“I want to play every game but the reality is not like that. We have a lot of players, top players. I do try to enjoy it when I am on the pitch.

“But I know Sergio is not young any more like me, and now I think my time has come. This is my time


.

“I just want to play football and to improve. That’s what makes me happy — that’s what I love.

If I am not playing football I don’t know what I would do.

“It’s always difficult when you don’t play but I know I won’t be in every time, and I respect the manager’s decision and respect my friend Sergio because he’s a legend of the club.

“And I definitely don’t think about being the best in the world, I just want to play and score and then the rest comes anyway.”


Gabriel Jesus,Sergio Aguero
While a rivalry may exist and Jesus’ intentions have been clearly outlined, the relationship between the pair remains friendly.

“Sergio has helped me so much, not just in the conversations we have but with his actions in training.

“When I am going to play he talks to me a lot about the game, about openings, about defenders and keepers. We have a very good relationship.”


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I will create winning mentality – Mikel Arteta Promise Arsenal.

…to convince the players

Mikel Arteta says he will try to install a “winning mentality” at Arsenal after being appointed as Unai Emery’s successor in north London.

It’s the 37-year-old’s first step into management after spending three years working alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, where Arteta has been credited for having a major impact on their success.

But after returning to the club where he spent the last five years of his playing career, Arteta says Arsenal’s players have to be prepared to accept “a different way of thinking” if they want to start being successful once again.

“I have to try to convince the players about what I want to do and how I want to do it,” Arteta said, quoted by The Telegraph. “They have to start accepting a ­different process, a different way of thinking, and I want to get all the staff and everybody at the club with the same mindset.

“We have to build a culture that has to sustain the rest. If you do not have the right culture, in the difficult moments the tree is going to shake.

“So, my job is to convince everybody that this is how we are going to live, and if you are going to be part of this organisation it has to be in these terms and in this way.

“What I have learnt [from Guardiola] is mostly that you have to be ruthless. You have to be consistent and you have to fit every day the culture of the club to create a ­winning mentality.”

Arteta has signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Arsenal and will be watching on as Freddie Ljungberg takes charge of his last game against Everton on Saturday.

Arsenal’s new boss will be in the dugout for the first time when they face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth on Boxing Day.

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Just in – Manchester city test Iheanacho, Ndidi.

Hard tackling Leicester city midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi and fellow country and club compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho would alongside their team mates host Premier League champions, Manchester city at the King power stadium on Saturday (today). Ndidi has had an impressive season so far with two goals in 16 appearances including putting up fantastic displays in the heart of Leicester’s midfield.Sitting in third position, Manchester city are trailing table toppers Liverpool with 14 points and tommorrow’s hosts Leicester with four points.

Striker, Kelechi Iheanacho would be hoping to add to his brillaint two goals in three games this season if he gets called into action by Brendan Rogers. Despite having little playing time, he has performed well with the moments he has gotten.

Pep Guardiola’s men would be hoping to breath life into their dying fight for the title while Leicester city would be aiming at keeping their unexpected flying start to the seasons

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Guardiola is the world’s best coach – Klopp insist.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has hailed his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as the best in the world, not for the first time.

The two bosses have a long history competing against one another. Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund side came up short against Guardiola’s Bayern Munich between 2013 and 2015, and City have had the edge over Liverpool ever since Guardiola’s arrival in England.

Jurgen Klopp,Josep Guardiola
Klopp’s admiration for Guardiola is well known, and speaking to Sky Sports, he reiterated that there is no rivalry between the pair, but instead a healthy level of competition – going on to state, once more, that his Spanish adversary is the best in the business.

“I’m lucky that I can say that my teams were at least close to his teams because I’ve said a lot of times, I think he is the best manager in the world,” he said. “What he is doing with his team is incredible. The way they play, I really like to watch.

“Pep and I, we are different, so our teams mirror our character. He is much finer than I am as a person so he is the gentleman and I look how I look on the touchline. Probably a bit more intense maybe.

“There’s no rivalry left or right of football. We respect each other lots but on the pitch we want to beat them, that’s normal.

“At the end of the season in most of the seasons he has still won the league. In Germany always, and in England so far as well. That’s how it is but I can easily live with that because I have no problem with being second even when I want to be first.”

Liverpool have already opened up a ten-point lead at the top of the Premier League table, with City currently 14 points behind. It was suggested to Klopp that this Liverpool side could be on the brink of an era of domination, but he was not interested in such claims.

“I don’t think that something like that is possible still, this kind of domination in periods,” he added. It’s not too long ago that we had the Barcelona of Pep Guardiola dominating pretty much everything.

“Man City dominating the Premier League for the last years since Pep is here at least. They are incredible and they have to fight each week.

“We don’t think about ourselves like this. We don’t think that somebody has to name us on the same level with any Ajax team, any [Manchester] United teams or other teams in the world. We just want to play the best football we can play and we want to have the best time together we can have.”

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Pep Guardiola ban players from Christmas.

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has cancelled Christmas for his first-team stars, as they have all been banned from attending the club’s festive party.

According to Goal, Guardiola is keen to avoid another festive slump, like the one which threatened to derail their treble hopes last year. After last year’s celebrations, Manchester City were surprisingly beaten 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace and then lost to Leicester four days later.

They eventually recovered to successfully defend their Premier League title. And with City currently 14 points behind league leaders Liverpool, Guardiola has taken action to avoid a similar slump by banning players from this year’s bash.

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Manchester City Dance Majestically To UCL Last 16.

…serve Dinamo Zagreb right

A hat trick by Gabriel Jesus has powered Manchester City into the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League.

Man City came from behind to win 4-1, shattering Dinamo Zagreb’s Champions League ambition.

A win for Dinamo would have given the Croatian side a place in the knockout stages for the first time in their history.

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Breaking – Edo state landlords to lose houses.

…It is either they remove it or it will be fenced.

Some landlords who erected buildings on land meant for public schools are to forfeit such properties to the Edo State Government.

Governor Godwin Obaseki who reiterated his stand to demolish any property on public school land said the buildings could also be demolished without compensation.

Speaking at the 25th anniversary of the 1994 class of St Paul Anglican Grammer School, Igarra old boys Association, Governor Obaseki said many landlords that encroached on Bénin Technical College land lost their properties to the state government.

Represented by Commissioner for Education, Barr Jimoh Ijegbai, Governor Obaseki said he would either fence the properties inside the school premises or demolish them.

According to him, “Those who have encroached on school land should remove them otherwise they will be treated like those who encroached on the Benin Technical College land. It is either they remove it or it will be fenced.

“The treatment will be meted not only to those who encroached into the Anglican Grammar School Igarra land but all other government schools across the state. All those who have built should either abandon the land or they will be fenced in during the construction of the perimeter fencing of the schools.”

National Coordinator of the old boys, Mr. Bolade John said the N5 million fund has been launched to engage teachers that would teach in the school.

On his part, Chief of Staff to Governor Obaseki, Chief Taiwo Akerele who is a member of the 1994 set explained that the N5 million Fund was to start a volunteers teachers programme where teachers would be recruited to fill the gap.

Akerele said the teachers would teach the students on science subjects particularly Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

His words, “We use the opportunity of 25 years anniversary of leaving the school to review the challenges being faced by the school and what we can do to support while we join forces with other sets and the national body.

“It has been brought to our attention that the school has been bereft of high-quality teachers and government has not recruited teachers in recent times so, in addition to supporting for the school’s inter-house sports competition in 2018, we have launched a N5 million Fund to start a volunteers teachers programme where teachers would be recruited to fill the gap and teach the students on science subjects particularly Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

“We will put them on equivalent of N-Power monthly salary. We intend to grow that fund from time to time. We were able to raise N2 million from friends and well-wishers who honoured us with their presence.”

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Man united, solkjaer ole gunnar shades city ahead derby match.

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has aimed a dig at Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s derby, saying “at least we play every year now.”

City’s relegation meant there was no Manchester derby between April 1996 and November 2000.

Solskjaer joined United in 1996 and did not play in his first derby until April 2001.

“At least we play every year now.

“It took many years before I played a Manchester derby myself. It’s changed in a way. Man City are a better team now than when I was playing.

“Manchester derbies are always special games but you can’t say it matters more. For the fans, of course. We’re up for it,” Solskjaer told reporters on Friday.

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You have to see how the players run, we never give up – Jurgen Klopp

…They are in the right frame of mind

Pep Guardiola says he is satisfied with the state of mind of his Manchester City players even though they twice lost the lead to draw 2-2 with Newcastle and slip further behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Guardiola, whose defending champions are 11 points adrift of Jurgen Klopp’s team with more than a third of the season gone, is adamant the City players have not been affected by a poor run of just one victory in five games in all competitions.

“You have to see how the players run and how they fight and how they try to do it, the body language — we never give up, so the team is always there, that’s my feeling,” he said.

“The game is what it is. In my opinion, it was good. We played well with the ball, we were solid, we conceded few counter-attacks, but football is how many goals you score and how you don’t concede.

“You accept that. Sometimes it happens.”

City have the Manchester derby on Saturday but Guardiola is focused on Tuesday’s away trip to Burnley beforehand.

“I’m not thinking about how many games we have to win,” he said. “It’s just try to win the next one.

“Last season when we were here, we were not talking about the Premier League, how many games you have to win.

“It’s not about that. It’s just now recover, prepare and try to win against Burnley, that is what you have to do, and after that, the derby and make these steps.”

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Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola Included In The LMA Hall Of Fame.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola have been inducted into the League Managers Association’s (LMA) Hall of Fame.

The German and the Spanish coaches were presented with silver salver to commemorate their inductions by LMA president Gareth Southgate and fellow Hall of Famer Sir Alex Ferguson at a gala evening in Manchester on Thursday night .

‘This is really special,’ Klopp said. ‘To be a part of this incredible group of managers is big.

‘Tonight my family and coaches are here. I wanted them all to be here because it is very important in in our family history.’

Guardiola said: ‘I do not have any words to express my gratitude. To be part of this family. It is an incredible honour to be a part of it, for the rest of my life and for generations, to be in this Hall of Fame in English football.’

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said Klopp and Guardiola had shown ‘incredible drive, innovation and dedication’ in their roles.

‘Since arriving in England, they have built two of the best teams in Premier League history and have done so with humility and honour,’ Wilkinson said.

Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City at the start of 2016-17, and has so far won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two League Cups with the club. For Jurgen Klopp, who joined Liverpool for the 2015-16 campaign won the Champions League title last season and the Super Cup at the start of the 2019/20 season.

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Just in – Manchester City wins group c to qualify for the UCL last 16..

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Manchester City booked their place in the Champions League last 16 for a seventh successive season despite a lacklustre 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side were well below their best at the Etihad Stadium, but Ilkay Gundogan’s second-half strike put them on course to wrap up first place in Group C with one game to spare.

Although Manor Solomon equalised for Shakhtar, Atalanta’s win over Dinamo Zagreb ensured City can’t be knocked off top spot.

With the group clinched, Guardiola has the bonus of being able to rest players for the trip to Zagreb on December 11.

That is especially important as the Zagreb fixture comes between vital Premier League matches against Manchester United and Arsenal.

While City won’t give up their Premier League title without a fight, Liverpool are in such a strong position that Europe could provide Guardiola’s best hope of a major prize this term.

Guardiola won the Champions League twice as Barcelona boss but the last of those triumphs came in 2011. He hasn’t gone past the quarter-finals with City.

Returning to the knockout stages was a first step toward ending that frustrating streak, but Guardiola will know injury-hit City have plenty of room for improvement.

City made a sloppy start and were almost caught out when a long punt into their half prompted Ederson to rush off his line.

When the City keeper completely missed his attempt to clear, Shakhtar’s Mateus Tete charged into the penalty area, only for Fernandinho to block the shot with a superbly timed last-ditch slide.

Moments later, Ederson made a better dash off his line to clear after another Shakhtar raid threatened to open City up.

City’s limp opening was at least partially due to the absence of the club’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero, sidelined for several weeks after injuring a thigh in Saturday’s win over Chelsea.

Gabriel Jesus started in place of Aguero, but the Brazilian, who has scored five goals in eight starts this season, was largely anonymous.

Sluggish City

Rodri had City’s first sight of goal, but the midfielder’s shot was too close to Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov.

Ponderous for much of the half, City gradually found some rhythm and Nicolas Otamendi’s header from Angelino’s cross forced an agile save from Pyatov, while Gundogan’s deflected effort looped wide.

City have opened talks with Raheem Sterling about a new long-term contract that would reportedly make the 24-year-old one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League.

Sterling’s place among the world’s elite is without question, but this wasn’t the England winger’s best night.

He did perk up to create a chance that Jesus was unable to take early in the second half.

City finally conjured a move befitting their ability, cutting through the Shakhtar defence to take the lead in the 56th minute.

Kevin De Bruyne was the catalyst with a swift surge and pass into Jesus in the Shakhtar area.

Jesus did well to control and poke the ball across to Gundogan. The German midfielder took a touch before slotting into the bottom corner from 10 yards.

Even that wasn’t enough to paper over the cracks for sluggish City and Shakhtar equalised in the 69th minute.

Tete slipped his pass to the overlapping Dodo and his cut-back from the touchline drew a lethargic response from the City defence, allowing substitute Solomon to fire home from close-range only four minutes after coming on.

David Silva almost restored City’s lead seconds later, but the substitute’s shot was cleared off the line by Serhiy Kryvtsov.

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Injured S. Aguero To Rest For A Week After Match Against Chelsea..

Manchester City are expected to be without striker Sergio Aguero for “a few weeks”, according to boss Pep Guardiola.

The Argentine sustained the injury during Saturday’s 2-1 win against Chelsea, with Guardiola unclear as to the exact nature of the problem.

In his press conference to preview Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk, Guardiola said: “Sergio will be out for a few games, a few weeks. I don’t know exactly.

“(The injury) is at the front.”

Gabriel Jesus can expect to feature more prominently in Aguero’s absence, and he said: “I am not happy Sergio is injured.

“I don’t like it when my friends are injured, but every day I work hard and I am ready.”

Manchester City will be through to the knockout phase of the Champions League if they avoid defeat against Shakhtar or if Dinamo Zagreb do not beat Atalanta.

City will be confirmed in top spot if they win, or if they draw and Dinamo do not win.

Guardiola said: “The position we have is good but we have not qualified yet. Tomorrow is a chance.”

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