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Aogo warns Sane against making Bayern move.


Leroy Sane is too “sensitive” to move to Bayern Munich and could struggle with the weight of expectation at Germany’s biggest club, according to his former teammate Dennis Aogo.
Manchester City forward Sane has long been linked with a return to Bundesliga and his agent recently confirmed that he has been in transfer talks with Bayern. It would be the first time Sane has played in German league football since he moved from Schalke to Manchester City for £45 million ($56m) in August 2016.

Full-back Aogo was a teammate of Sane’s at Schalke between 2013 and his departure for the Premier League, and says that while he admires the Germany international as a player, he does not know whether he is strong enough mentally to handle the pressure that comes with playing for Bayern.

Speaking exclusively to Goal and Spox, Aogo said: “I think it would be awesome for the league [if Sane would return to Bundesliga] because he’s a spectacle. However, I do not know whether a move to Bayern would be right for Leroy.

“The package of expectations and transfer fee could have an impact on him. He is a fine guy, but I also got to know him as a sensitive character. He may have evolved in this regard, but this backpack could also become too heavy after such a serious injury.”

Sane has been linked with a move to Allianz Arena for well over a year, but any plans he might have had for his future have been delayed due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The 24-year-old underwent surgery on the issue after limping off the pitch during City’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool back in August, and has not featured for the club since.

The Germany international was approaching a comeback at the start of March after coming through an extensive rehabilitation programme, before the coronavirus outbreak called a temporary halt to the 2019-20 season.

Sane only has one year left to run on his current deal at the Etihad Stadium, and fresh rumours of a potential switch to Bayern have started to swirl ahead of the summer transfer window.PSX_20200424_071425

His agent Damir Smoljan said last week: “Together with him, we talk with Manchester City about what the next step could look like. The interest of Bayern Munich is no secret. But other absolute top clubs also contacted us about Leroy.

“Bayern is the only club in Germany that Leroy can imagine as the next step in his career. He sees there the requirements for achieving his big goal of winning the Champions League.”


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Man City Players Defines Guardiola As a “Tinker”


Manchester City Players Tell Boss Pep Guardiola to Stop tinkering…


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reportedly faced criticism from his own players following his side’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.

The loss left defending champions City trailing leaders Liverpool by 22 points in the table, and in a lock-in after the game Pep’s players are believed to have voiced their concerns over his chopping and changing.


Guardiola is yet to name an unchanged line up in consecutive league games for Man City this season, and Sportsmail has revealed that his team have asked for some stability.

In a 45-minute dressing room inquiry, Guardiola laid everything on the line and asked his squad for a frank assessment of their season so far.



It was during theses so-called crisis talks that senior members of City’s ranks came forward, questioning the manager’s tendency to tweak his tactics and lineups this campaign.

The Spaniard has become the proverbial tinker man, making more changes than any other Premier League boss this season – 76 and counting.


Pep Guardiola

Compare that to Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp who has made 30 fewer changes to his line up and it shows that Pep’s charges have a point over the lack of consistency.

However, it is not all doom and gloom for City, nor is it the first time that Pep has had a heart-to-heart with his squad in the wake of a poor result.


Last January, a not-too-dissimilar dressing room scenario unfolded after City suffered a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

On that occasion, airing their dirty laundry definitely worked as Pep’s men went on to win all of their 14 remaining fixtures and pipped Klopp’s side to the title.


Now, this season it would be more than far-fetched to believe the Cityzens still have a chance of retaining their Premier League crown, but champions of Europe is still a very real possibility.

Landing the club’s first Champions League triumph has to be the main goal for City and Pep will be hoping this latest dressing room saga fires them to success.


It may be the reality check that City needed as they prepare for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 encounter with Real Madrid in just over three weeks time.

Pep’s team will travel to the Bernabéu to face a Madrid side who are sitting pretty at the top of La Liga, a tough task where team togetherness is vital if they are to succeed.

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The former Barcelona boss will be praying that the Spurs dressing down carries the same shock factor as the St James’ episode and kick start City’s second half of the season.


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Sterling Looks Forward To Facing Real Madrid


Raheem Sterling ‘Expected’ to Face Real Madrid in Champions League Despite Hamstring injury…


Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is set to miss ‘two or three weeks’ of action after he suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s defeat to Tottenham. However, the forward is ‘expected’ to be fit in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The England international began City’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs, which was the Citizens’ sixth league defeat this campaign. Oleksandr Zinchenko was sent off in the 60th minute and the north London side capitalised, with Steven Bergwijn scoring on his debut before Son Heung-min doubled the hosts’ lead.


A bad result and overall performance… We should have done the job and score way before being punished tonight. Lessons got to be learned for the next important games

During the game, Sterling was booked for a potentially dangerous tackle on Dele Alli, resulting in the Tottenham midfielder leaving the field early. However, Sterling himself was later substituted and was seen hobbling off.


The Sun now report that the former Liverpool man had tests on a hamstring problem on Sunday and he is expected to be ruled out for ‘two or three weeks’. The report further claims that, as a result, he is a ‘big doubt’ for the Sky Blues’ upcoming last-16 Champions League tussle with Real Madrid.

However, ESPN report that the club are ‘confident’ they will have him available for the crunch clash despite his injury. City travel to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first leg of the tie on 26 February, with the Sun claiming that the player is ‘determined’ to be fit in time to play.



The injury is considered to be ‘not too serious’, though he appears certain to miss the visit of West Ham on Sunday. However, after that, the Citizens are not in action until they travel to take on Leicester City 13 days later. While ESPN report that City are confident he will be fit the game against Los Blancos, they do state that he is a ‘doubt’ for the trip to take on the Foxes.

City take on Real Madrid on 26 February, while they also have the Carabao Cup final the following Sunday (1/3), with the club looking to retain their crown.

This news will come as a major blow for manager Pep Guardiola, who recently insisted that he was unconcerned about the attacker’s goal drought, but Sterling will be desperate to recover in time to feature in the Champions League tie.


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Guardiola insists mancity could still chase liverpool


…Pep Guardiola Insists Man City Need to ‘Pray’ to Catch Runaway Premier League Leaders Liverpool



Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has congratulated Liverpool on their stunning form this season, but claimed that the gap is not what it should be.

City are currently sat in third place in the Premier League, having picked up 41 points from their opening 20 games. However, they are already a staggering 14 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool, who have also played one game fewer.


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The Reds are undefeated this season and have only dropped points once, whereas Guardiola’s men have already fallen to five defeats this campaign. The City boss has now revealed that the team need to work harder, play better and pray in order to catch Liverpool, while also claiming that their lead at the top of the table is not what it perhaps should be.

Asked how Liverpool could be caught, Guardiola replied, as quoted by TEAMtalk: “Work harder, play better, and pray.”


When asked whether his team were good enough, he continued: “With all the squad – yes. But there are things we cannot control, there are other issues we cannot control. We cannot control what a fantastic team like Liverpool have done so far and there are other issues you cannot control. When everyone is fit we can do it.

“This is still a fantastic team and I love it. We’ve had problems with injuries, which sometimes happens. Liverpool have been incredible, they are European champions and they have dropped just two points.


“We have to congratulate them. I know the distance we are is not what it should be – but it is what it is.”

It was recently revealed that Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table would be just six points if Video Assistant Referee (VAR) wasn’t in use. Most recently, the Reds overcame Wolves 1-0 in controversial fashion, with Sadio Mane’s strike being awarded despite claims of a handball by Virgil van Dijk in the build-up. Pedro Neto later thought he had equalised, before VAR intervened to rule his goal out for offside.


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Elsewhere, however, Guardiola praised City for their success over the last decade, adding: “I think this club in the last decade was the best team in terms of points, in terms of goals, in terms of everything, titles even. So congratulate Manchester City for that. I think we did it incredibly well.

“People say, ‘How was 2019?’ Now people are saying it is a disaster. But we won four titles in 2019, so it was an incredible year for us, we enjoyed it a lot. In some games in this last part of the year we have struggled a bit but it was an incredible year for us.”


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David Silva and D.Stones returns from injury.


John Stones & David Silva Return From Injury as Man City Also Receive Aymeric laporte.


Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City centre-back Aymeric Laporte will return to training within the next 10 days.

The France international has been on the sidelines since August due to a serious knee injury, something which has been a key factor the reigning Premier League champions’ poor form this season.


Manchester City are facing the impossible task of overturning a 14-point gap behind Liverpool to reclaim the trophy, but Guardiola has confirmed that his side will at least be boosted by Laporte’s return in early January.

Aymeric Laporte
“He’s getting better. He’s training alone but already on the pitch. He’s in the last part of his recovery,” Guardiola said, quoted by The Mirror. “In one week, 10 days, he can start to train with us.


“I miss all the players who are injured, I like to have all the squad available and training with us.”

Laporte’s return from injury won’t come in time for their match against Everton on New Year’s Day, but both John Stones and David Silva will be available once again ahead of the Toffees’ trip to the Etihad Stadium.


Both players have been out of action since the Manchester derby at the start of December, but Guardiola confirmed Stones and Silva would be available for selection once again after almost a month on the sidelines.

Manchester City will be the favourites to beat Everton on New Year’s Day, but with their visitors currently riding the wave of a new manager bounce, Guardiola warned that Carlo Ancelotti’s sides “always beat” his own.


Carlo Ancelotti

“[Everton] have struggled for points but the quality is there,” he added. “They have a new manager who has incredible experience. He is one of the smartest guys, he is always able to make them work to get good results.

“It will be a difficult test for us. I know Carlo quite well, we played a few times against him. His teams always beat our teams.”


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Valencia Sets eye On city’s Cancelo


Valencia Hopeful Manchester City Will Sanction Departure of Joao Cancelo


Valencia are understood to be keen on re-signing Joao Cancelo from Manchester City, despite Pep Guardiola’s initial reluctance to strike a deal.

The 25-year-old only arrived at the Etihad Stadium last summer on a six-year deal, in a move worth around £27m – plus Danilo, who moved in the opposite direction to Juventus.


But the Portuguese international, who was purchased to provide additional competition for Kyle Walker at right back, has failed to settle in England, and has made just six appearances in the Premier League.

Joao Cancelo
Now, leading Spanish publication Marca report that former club Valencia, who Cancelo played for between 2014 and 2018, are keen on a January reunion, and are hopeful that a deal can be done.


Despite Valencia’s interest, City manager Guardiola is thought to be hesitant in sanctioning a deal as he’d be left with little to no cover in Manchester. Los Ches are said to be interested in a loan deal, as the cost of a permanent move would likely be outside of their remit.

Bayern Munich have also been linked with a move for Cancelo, whose game time has become increasingly marginalised, despite City’s indifferent run of form in the Premier League.


His bit-part role is likely to affect his chances of making Portugal’s squad for Euro 2020, suggesting that a move may be of interest, even if it’s temporary. He hasn’t appeared for the national team since September, when he featured in the 5-1 win over Lithuania.

Cancelo is no stranger to moving around, having played for Valencia, Inter, Juventus and City in recent seasons. But it’s the Mestalla where he enjoyed the majority of his success, making 74 appearances in La Liga.


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He then won the Serie A crown with Juventus in his maiden season in Turin, and generally was one of La Vecchia Signora’s better performers. That form instigated his move to City, but he’s been unable to adjust to life in England thus far.

City, meanwhile, look to be out of the Premier League title race already, with Liverpool holding a comprehensive 13 point lead at the top of the table heading into the new year.


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Agüero Leads EPL’s Top Scorer Of The Decade.


Finishes 2010s With 38 Goals More Than Anyone Else After Strike Against 32nd opponent.


We’re all in agreement that Sergio Agüero is an outstanding striker. You don’t score 174 goals in just 254 Premier League appearances unless you really are one of the world’s top talents.

The Manchester City man bagged the latest of his strikes in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Sheffield United, the first time he has ever come up against the Blades.


As noted by Opta, that was the 32nd different team against which Agüero has scored in the Premier League, which is made even more impressive when you realise he has only faced 33 sides in the competition.

The only team who managed to keep Agüero out was Bolton Wanderers, who stopped the Argentine from scoring back in August 2011 – his only meeting with Bolton in English football.


Interestingly enough, Agüero also failed to score against Bolton during his time with Atlético Madrid. The two sides met in tn February 2008, but Agüero managed just 14 minutes before being shown a red card as Bolton picked up a 1-0 win.

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With Bolton currently rooted to the bottom of League One, Agüero is likely never going to have the chance to address the only blemish on his otherwise perfect record.


Fortunately, that probably isn’t going to bother him. After all, his tally of 174 goals during the 2010s is by far the highest tally of any player in the Premier League during the last decade.

The City man finished 38 goals ahead of the competition, with Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane second on 136.


Agüero will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest strikers in Premier League history, and with numbers like that it is hard to doubt such claims.

Since joining the club back in 2011, Agüero’s goals have fired City to four Premier League titles, as well as four League Cups and last season’s FA Cup. He has undoubtedly been vital to the Citizens, and he shows no signs of slowing down just yet.


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5 Players Mancity should sign in January


Should Sign in the 2020 January Transfer window.


Manchester City have endured a disappointing campaign so far, as Liverpool seem to have the Premier League wrapped up already.

Star centre-back Aymeric Laporte was hit with a long-term injury back in August and the Cityzens have suffered dearly. They have conceded 20 goals already this term, having conceded just three more during the entirety of last season.


Although they have world-class players in depth in the forward positions, they are severely lacking in defence, with Fernandinho regularly filling in at centre-back. With the abundance of cash available for Pep Guardiola, where do City need to strengthen to get their title-push back on track?


Dayot Upamecano (Centre-Back)

Dayot Upamecano
Now, this could be a tricky one for City to pull off. RB Leipzig are top of the Bundesliga as German clubs head into their winter break, and Upamecano is one of the reasons why they are doing so well.


The France Under-21 international has made 13 appearances for his club this season after missing the first four matches through injury. Since his return, he has averaged 2.5 tackles per game and boasts an 88.8% pass completion, a stat which Guardiola will be looking at keenly.

Judging by how defensively stable Leipzig have been this season, there will be a few clubs looking at Upamecano. He has made 133 club appearances – including 10 in the Champions League at just 21 years-of-age – giving the Frenchman experience at the highest level.


Alphonso Davies (Winger)

Alphonso Davies
Sticking to the Bundesliga theme, Alphonso Davies is one of the biggest talents in the league, if not the world. The 19-year-old Canadian has been playing left-back for Bayern this season, and may not be fulfilling his full potential in defence.


This is Davies’ breakthrough season in the Bundesliga, as he has started Bayern’s previous nine matches, albeit filling in for injured players. However, with a pass completion rate of 87%, and an average of 2.5 tackles per game, Davies has made a name for himself not only as a promising winger, but a versatile youngster. This is a trait that Guardiola wants from his players, adding more depth in defence and attack.

This could be beneficial for both sides, as City winger Leroy Sané has been heavily linked with a move to Munich for some time now. With Guardiola’s track record of developing youth into world-class players, the enticement could be there for the Canadian.


Milan Skriniar (Centre-Back)

Milan Skriniar
This one may be a long shot, but Milan Skriniar could be the answer to City’s defensive woes. Inter are top of Serie A on goal difference having only conceded 14 times all season, with Skriniar ever-present.


The Slovakian has been a commanding figure at the back at San Siro, with his solid defensive presence and excellent passing range. 86% passing accuracy and average of one tackle and interception per game makes Skriniar the ideal centre-back signing for Guardiola, but the offer would have to be very good to entice the 24-year-old away from Inter.

With the Slovakian still yet to reach his prime, City will be interested in signing the defender to fit the mould which Pep has formed since arriving in Manchester, which is to develop younger players into world-class stars


Victor Osimhen (Striker)

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This 20-year-old has burst onto the scene in France, and currently boasts 13 goals in all competitions this season for Lille.


City already have two strikers who are capable of scoring when called upon, but Sergio Aguero is now 31 and will start to slow down in the coming years. With an average of three shots and 0.55 goals per game, the youngster is a natural finisher and can get better with age.

Third-top scorer in the league, bettered only by boy-wonder Kylian Mbappé and Wissam Ben Yedder of Monaco, plenty of Europe’s top clubs will be looking at Osimhen. However, showing his goalscoring prowess in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League will alert Guardiola, as he may prepare for life where Aguero starts to decline.


Thomas Partey (Defensive Midfield)

Thomas Partey
Partey plays much like Fernandinho, who has been pushed back into defence this season, and could add much needed depth in defensive midfield.


The Ghanian averages three tackles per match and has a pass success average of 87%, which fits Guardiola’s ideology perfectly. Partey seems to know when to foul and take a yellow card, as he has picked up seven already this season, reminiscent of Fernandinho during City’s centurion season.

This looks a realistic transfer for the Citizens, as most of the focus on Atletico’s midfield is on Saul, who has performed well throughout the season. Partey would be the cheaper option, and just as effective in the system that Guardiola enforces.


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Pep Guardiola breaks José Mourinho’s record.

Pep GuardiolaBy their own meteoric standards, Manchester City have hit a rough patch this season, but let’s be honest – all this nonsense about Pep Guardiola being a ‘fraud’ is a bit over the top, isn’t it?

Yes, he may have had the crutch of substantial transfer funds wherever he has gone as a coach, but so too have many big names in management and very few have ever enjoyed a level of success comparable to the Spaniard.


The man with eight domestic league titles and two Champions Leagues to his name in 11 years in management might have overseen a start to the season in which City have managed just the 13 wins in 20 games, the worst in his career so far by a distance. He’s anything but a failure, however, and the stats continue to prove it.


The 2-0 victory over Sheffield United was his 100th in the Premier League, a feat he has achieved in just 134 games. It makes him the quickest ever to reach the landmark in the division, ahead of José Mourinho, who took 142 games to get there.

In his three-and-a-half seasons at City, Guardiola has so far claimed as many as seven domestic honours in England, putting him one behind Mourinho on that front. Both the EFL Cup and the FA Cup are well within his reach even if the Premier League looks to have gone, however, and a win in one of those two competitions would put him level there, having spent around half the time in England that Mourinho has.


Jose Mourinho,Pep Guadiola
That’s provided Mourinho finishes the season trophy-less with Tottenham, of course. The Portuguese boss made his return to English football in December, and we have only a month to wait until the two great rivals go head to head once again on 2 February.


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Pep Guardiola eyeing PSV starlet.


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is targeting a move for PSV youngster Mohamed Ihattaren, who has caught the eye of Europe’s elite during his breakthrough season in the Netherlands.

Ihattaren has shone in the Eredivisie this year, scoring three goals and bagging six assists in his 15 league matches.

Mohamed Ihattaren
According to ESPN (as cited by Football Oranje), the wonderkid’s brilliant form has captured the attention of Premier League giants Man City, who are keen to add some youth to their ageing squad.


Ihattaren is a creative midfielder who can play anywhere across the forward line, and his quick feet and dazzling skills have helped him stand out as one of the hottest prospects in European football.

The Dutchman’s impressive start to the season has lifted PSV into third place in the Dutch league, and he has also scored three goals in this year’s Europa League campaign, making Man City’s Spanish boss stand up and take note.

Guardiola is reportedly keen to rebuild his City squad for the 2020/21 season, and with the likes of midfielder David Silva leaving the Etihad stadium at the end of the campaign, it gives the Premier League champions the opportunity to blood some youth into their side.


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The Cityzens have struggled to recapture the heights of their previous two seasons under the ex-Barcelona coach, slipping to 14 points behind runaway league leaders Liverpool at the midway point of the campaign.

The league champions pipped the Reds to top spot by one point last year, but they have been unable to continue their relentless winning form, and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool look destined to lift the elusive Premier League trophy.

With a third consecutive league title seemingly out of reach, Guardiola may have one eye on building a competitive squad for the upcoming season, starting with the signing of Ihattaren


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Man City Considering Gabriel Jesus sale.


Manchester City are considering parting ways with striker Gabriel Jesus in the summer to raise money for a squad overhaul.

The 22-year-old has managed 56 goals in 124 appearances for the club, but has struggled greatly to displace Sergio Agüero in the starting lineup at the Etihad Stadium. As a result, rumours of a potential move away from the club have never been hard to find.


Pep Guardiola,Gabriel Jesus
As noted by The Athletic, manager Pep Guardiola has long had his doubts over whether Jesus has what it takes to make it as City’s first-choice striker, and the Brazilian could be moved on in the summer if the right bid comes along.

In early 2019, City began searching for a new high-profile striker to compete with Agüero, and they were prepared to finance that deal by selling Jesus to the highest bidder. That obviously did not happen, but City are understood to be considering something similar now.


Given the Cityzens’ hugely disappointing season so far, they are aware that their squad could do with an overhaul in the summer. Several of their stars are ageing or on expiring deals, so City could look to recruit a number of players by parting ways with Jesus.

Leroy Sane,Gabriel Jesus
Both he and Leroy Sané are seen as likely departures as the two players will be able to raise a considerable amount of money, which could then be used to rejuvenate the squad.

Bayern Munich are thought to be keen on both, but they would likely only want to sign one, given the enormous cost of both deals.


There would likely be plenty of interest in Jesus, who is still seen as one of the most exciting young strikers around. He as a fantastic goalscoring record considering he has often been stuck behind Agüero in the pecking order at the Etihad.


Gabriel Jesus

However, City’s need to overhaul the squad is clear. They have fallen 14 points behind Liverpool, who have a game in hand as well, and there is no guarantee that City will even be able to finish second.

If they want money, selling Jesus certainly makes sense. It will likely come down to whether City can find a suitable replacement, or whether Jesus himself decides he is done waiting for first-team opportunities.


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Man City CEO Quells Pep Guardiola Exit and Insists Manager Will Honour Contract.


Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has insisted that Pep Guardiola will honour his contract at the club and not jump ship early, despite falling further behind Liverpool in the title race.

Leading 2-0 against Wolves on Friday night it looked as though Guardiola’s side were still in with a faint chance of catching the league leaders, but a second half collapse saw the visitors fall to a 3-2 defeat to find themselves 14 points adrift of the Reds, who have a game in hand.


That loss was City’s fifth in the league this season already, having lost just six in their last two title-winning Premier League campaigns combined. The poor form they’ve shown this season has led to speculation surrounding their Catalan boss’ future at the Etihad Stadium, however, Soriano was quick to quell suggestions their manager would not see out his current deal – which runs until 2021.

“Pep has said so many times that he has a contract that covers this year, plus next year too,” Soriano said at the Dubai International Sports conference, via the Mirror. “There is no discussion about this. Pep will stay and he’ll leave at the right time one day – and the club is strong enough to survive any change. But as Pep said many times, he’s not leaving.”


Rumours had surfaced that a break clause was inserted into Guardiola’s contract that would allow him to leave in the summer, but those murmurings were quashed by the 48-year-old recently.

Soriano added further that he has no issue with his manager at present, citing the competitiveness of the Premier League as something that cannot be ignored. Furthermore, having accrued 198 points over the last two seasons, he claims there was always naturally going to a resulting dip in form.


Pep Guardiola

“I would say that what’s happening is normal,” he added. “What’s not normal is what happened the last two years where Manchester City got 198 points in two years. The Premier League is very competitive. Any team can win against any team.

“Obviously we’re not happy with the amount of games that we have lost, but that’s the nature of competition and the nature of football.


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Twitter reacts to man-city’s defeat.

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On both occasions, Sterling hit a tame effort to Rui Patricio’s right and he saved comfortably – the City forward was lucky that he made it to the rebound on the second attempt. There were plenty of calls for Sterling to be relieved of his duties in future games, especially with Kevin de Bruyne on the pitch.·

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Raheem Sterling put City 2-0 ahead early in the second half, but this simply served as fuel for a Wolves side who have taken a fancy to late comebacks since their Premier League return. One man was more intent than the rest of the Wolves players in turning it around and, unsurprisingly, it was Adama Traore.

After bagging a brace in Wolves’ victory at the Etihad earlier in the season, Traore scored a stunning goal with a long-range strike before muscling Benjamin Mendy off the ball to cross for Raul Jimenez’s equaliser. The latter was particularly well-received on Twitter.


Given the question marks over the penalty decision and that a Manchester City player had been the furthest forward during the first attempt’s encroachment, it was no surprise that VAR was the talk of Twitter.

VARchester City was even trending by the interval, as Liverpool fans took the opportunity to point out that it wasn’t just the Reds benefiting from dubious VAR decisions

When Matt Doherty was given all the time in the world to cut in from the right wing, play a quick one-two and shoot beyond Claudio Bravo with his left foot, the comeback was complete.

It was a magical moment for Doherty, sealed three points that put Wolves in touch of the top four, and provided Liverpool fans with even more belief that the 2019/20 Premier League title is heading to Merseyside.

Minutes after the full-time whistle, meanwhile, Fraudiola was trending on Twitter and Manchester City’s title hopes were all but over


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Devastating Wolves defeat: Guardiola concedes EPL title.


Pep Guardiola has conceded that Manchester City’s Premier League title defence is over, after his side’s 3-2 defeat to Wolves on Friday handed Liverpool a 13-point advantage at the top of table.

Despite an early sending off for goalkeeper Ederson, City took a 2-0 lead at Molineux, with Raheem Sterling bagging a brace to put his team in the driving seat. However, a mesmerising second half performance by Adama Traore inspired Wolves to secure a famous victory, with Matt Doherty’s 89th-minute winner sparking wild celebrations from the home fans.

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After the game, Guardiola admitted that he was downbeat about the Citizens chances of securing a third Premier League title in a row.


When asked if the race for top spot was over, the former Barcelona boss told the BBC: “The advantage is too big, yes.”

Leicester – who Liverpool thrashed 4-0 on Boxing Day – are currently one point ahead of City in second position and Guardiola revealed that he is now focussed on overtaken Brendan Rodgers’ side before the end of the season.

“It’s unrealistic to think about Liverpool, we think about Leicester,” he added. “We have the chance to recover second place. I know the quality of my team but that’s the situation.”


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Citizens’ midfielder Bernardo Silva will similarly dismissive of his side’s title chances.

“It is a really bad situation for us. A frustrating first half of the season. Nobody expected us to be this far away from Liverpool at this halfway point,” Silva admitted.

“We have to continue now. We know that winning the title is very complicated. I wouldn’t say impossible but very difficult.”


With their hopes of securing the league title seemingly gone, it may have been assumed City would pool their resources into winning the various cup competitions that they are competing in this season. When asked about this possibility Guardiola instead confirmed that he will be prioritising European qualification through finishing in the top four over anything else.

Pep Guardiola
“We cannot prioritise or next season we’ll not be in Europe,” the Spaniard said.. “We come back in less than 40 hours to play another game [against Sheffield United]. We’ll see how [the players] feel. That’s what we are going to do.”


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Shameful: as Man city loss to Wolves 3-2

Wolves almost certainly ended Manchester City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League trophy on Friday evening, completing an impressive comeback against the champions.

City were down to ten men early on as Ederson received a red card for clattering into Jota outside of his penalty area. The Portuguese chased down Conor Coady’s excellent long ball and Ederson rushed out at full speed, mistiming and misreading the situation. Even worse for City, Sergio Aguero was sacrificed for Claudio Bravo to enter the field.

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The ten men took the lead in controversial circumstances on 25 minutes when the VAR adjudged that Leander Dendoncker had fouled Riyad Mahrez. Raheem Sterling had not one but two attempts from the spot saved by Rui Patricio after the first stop was ruled out for encroachment into the area – only for Sterling to slot home the rebound of his second attempt.


Wolves almost certainly ended Manchester City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League trophy on Friday evening, completing an impressive comeback against the champions.

City were down to ten men early on as Ederson received a red card for clattering into Jota outside of his penalty area. The Portuguese chased down Conor Coady’s excellent long ball and Ederson rushed out at full speed, mistiming and misreading the situation. Even worse for City, Sergio Aguero was sacrificed for Claudio Bravo to enter the field.

The ten men took the lead in controversial circumstances on 25 minutes when the VAR adjudged that Leander Dendoncker had fouled Riyad Mahrez. Raheem Sterling had not one but two attempts from the spot saved by Rui Patricio after the first stop was ruled out for encroachment into the area – only for Sterling to slot home the rebound of his second attempt.


Sterling scored his second of the evening minutes into the second half, latching onto an excellent through ball from Kevin de Bruyne and dinking over Patricio in the Wolves goal.

However, a Sterling mistake allowed Adama Traore to pull one back less than ten minutes later and the winger unleashed a powerful shot from distance to make it 2-1. Benjamin Mendy was the next City player to make a costly individual mistake, allowing Traore to shrug him off the ball and cross for Raul Jimenez to equalise for the hosts.


Adama Traore

The comeback was complete with just minutes left on the clock when Matt Doherty was given far too much space to drift in from the right flank, before smashing home with his left on the edge of the box. The Premier League’s comeback kings had turned it around to seal a 3-2 victory against the current champions, despite Sterling hitting the bar with a late free kick.

Wolves
Key Talking Point

Resilience has been a hallmark for this Wolves side since Nuno Espirito Santo took control, and it was there for all to see. Ederson’s dismissal and City’s change in shape made it difficult for Wolves to find a way through their opponents for much of the first hour, while the VAR controversy seemed to take the wind out of their sails for a period.


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However, they stuck at their task and found space in between the City lines by moving their wide players inside and pushing their wing-backs much further up the pitch. It worked to perfection and allowed them to exploit the space between midfield and defence, and the wing-backs and centre-halves.

One man was at the heart of it all…

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Rui Patrício (7); Dendoncker (6), Coady (7), Saïss (7); Doherty (8), Neves (6), João Moutinho (7), Otto (6); Traoré (8*), Jiménez (8), Jota (7)

Substitutes: Vinagre (6), Neto (6), Bennett (5)

STAR PLAYER

After sinking City with a double in their last encounter, Adama Traore was at it again – this time scoring once and providing the assist for the equaliser. In truth, Wolves were sleepwalking through much of the game until Traore upped the intensity.


Wolves almost certainly ended Manchester City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League trophy on Friday evening, completing an impressive comeback against the champions.

City were down to ten men early on as Ederson received a red card for clattering into Jota outside of his penalty area. The Portuguese chased down Conor Coady’s excellent long ball and Ederson rushed out at full speed, mistiming and misreading the situation. Even worse for City, Sergio Aguero was sacrificed for Claudio Bravo to enter the field.

The ten men took the lead in controversial circumstances on 25 minutes when the VAR adjudged that Leander Dendoncker had fouled Riyad Mahrez. Raheem Sterling had not one but two attempts from the spot saved by Rui Patricio after the first stop was ruled out for encroachment into the area – only for Sterling to slot home the rebound of his second attempt.


Sterling scored his second of the evening minutes into the second half, latching onto an excellent through ball from Kevin de Bruyne and dinking over Patricio in the Wolves goal.

However, a Sterling mistake allowed Adama Traore to pull one back less than ten minutes later and the winger unleashed a powerful shot from distance to make it 2-1. Benjamin Mendy was the next City player to make a costly individual mistake, allowing Traore to shrug him off the ball and cross for Raul Jimenez to equalise for the hosts.


Adama Traore

The comeback was complete with just minutes left on the clock when Matt Doherty was given far too much space to drift in from the right flank, before smashing home with his left on the edge of the box. The Premier League’s comeback kings had turned it around to seal a 3-2 victory against the current champions, despite Sterling hitting the bar with a late free kick.

Wolves
Key Talking Point

Resilience has been a hallmark for this Wolves side since Nuno Espirito Santo took control, and it was there for all to see. Ederson’s dismissal and City’s change in shape made it difficult for Wolves to find a way through their opponents for much of the first hour, while the VAR controversy seemed to take the wind out of their sails for a period.

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However, they stuck at their task and found space in between the City lines by moving their wide players inside and pushing their wing-backs much further up the pitch. It worked to perfection and allowed them to exploit the space between midfield and defence, and the wing-backs and centre-halves.


One man was at the heart of it all…

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Rui Patrício (7); Dendoncker (6), Coady (7), Saïss (7); Doherty (8), Neves (6), João Moutinho (7), Otto (6); Traoré (8*), Jiménez (8), Jota (7)

Substitutes: Vinagre (6), Neto (6), Bennett (5)

STAR PLAYER

After sinking City with a double in their last encounter, Adama Traore was at it again – this time scoring once and providing the assist for the equaliser. In truth, Wolves were sleepwalking through much of the game until Traore upped the intensity.


City’s resolute shape meant that Wolves needed the Spaniard’s pace and power to drag their defenders out of position, something he did excellently by drifting between the lines and driving at speed with the ball. His technical improvements were evident with his sweet strike from distance, while his desire to win the ball back from Mendy for the equaliser shows why he is so loved by the Wolves faithful.

Manchester City
Key Talking Point
Pep Guardiola


Whatever game plan Pep Guardiola had, it went out the window when Ederson’s rash decision forced him into withdrawing Aguero on his return from injury.

However, the Spaniard reacted quickly and changed his side’s shape to a 4-4-1, with Sterling the lone striker and the likes of Mahrez, De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva attempting to break with speed. Silva dropped in alongside Mendy to create a back five at times – especially as Wolves ended the first half with their strongest spell of the match

Matt Doherty
Wolves 3-2 Manchester City: Report, Ratings & Reaction as 10-Man Champions Blow 2-Goal lead
Wolves almost certainly ended Manchester City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League trophy on Friday evening, completing an impressive comeback against the champions.


City were down to ten men early on as Ederson received a red card for clattering into Jota outside of his penalty area. The Portuguese chased down Conor Coady’s excellent long ball and Ederson rushed out at full speed, mistiming and misreading the situation. Even worse for City, Sergio Aguero was sacrificed for Claudio Bravo to enter the field.

The ten men took the lead in controversial circumstances on 25 minutes when the VAR adjudged that Leander Dendoncker had fouled Riyad Mahrez. Raheem Sterling had not one but two attempts from the spot saved by Rui Patricio after the first stop was ruled out for encroachment into the area – only for Sterling to slot home the rebound of his second attempt.


Sterling scored his second of the evening minutes into the second half, latching onto an excellent through ball from Kevin de Bruyne and dinking over Patricio in the Wolves goal.

However, a Sterling mistake allowed Adama Traore to pull one back less than ten minutes later and the winger unleashed a powerful shot from distance to make it 2-1. Benjamin Mendy was the next City player to make a costly individual mistake, allowing Traore to shrug him off the ball and cross for Raul Jimenez to equalise for the


hosts.

Adama Traore

The comeback was complete with just minutes left on the clock when Matt Doherty was given far too much space to drift in from the right flank, before smashing home with his left on the edge of the box. The Premier League’s comeback kings had turned it around to seal a 3-2 victory against the current champions, despite Sterling hitting the bar with a late free kick.

Wolves
Key Talking Point

Resilience has been a hallmark for this Wolves side since Nuno Espirito Santo took control, and it was there for all to see. Ederson’s dismissal and City’s change in shape made it difficult for Wolves to find a way through their opponents for much of the first hour, while the VAR controversy seemed to take the wind out of their sails for a period.


FBL-ENG-PR-WOLVES-MAN CITY

However, they stuck at their task and found space in between the City lines by moving their wide players inside and pushing their wing-backs much further up the pitch. It worked to perfection and allowed them to exploit the space between midfield and defence, and the wing-backs and centre-halves.

One man was at the heart of it all…

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Rui Patrício (7); Dendoncker (6), Coady (7), Saïss (7); Doherty (8), Neves (6), João Moutinho (7), Otto (6); Traoré (8*), Jiménez (8), Jota (7)

Substitutes: Vinagre (6), Neto (6), Bennett (5)

STAR PLAYER

After sinking City with a double in their last encounter, Adama Traore was at it again – this time scoring once and providing the assist for the equaliser. In truth, Wolves were sleepwalking through much of the game until Traore upped the intensity.


City’s resolute shape meant that Wolves needed the Spaniard’s pace and power to drag their defenders out of position, something he did excellently by drifting between the lines and driving at speed with the ball. His technical improvements were evident with his sweet strike from distance, while his desire to win the ball back from Mendy for the equaliser shows why he is so loved by the Wolves faithful.

Manchester City
Key Talking Point
Pep Guardiola

Whatever game plan Pep Guardiola had, it went out the window when Ederson’s rash decision forced him into withdrawing Aguero on his return from injury.

However, the Spaniard reacted quickly and changed his side’s shape to a 4-4-1, with Sterling the lone striker and the likes of Mahrez, De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva attempting to break with speed. Silva dropped in alongside Mendy to create a back five at times – especially as Wolves ended the first half with their strongest spell of the match.


Guardiola was in the unfamiliar situation of being on the back foot and dominated by his opponents. The City manager made a bold decision at half time, replacing Mahrez with Eric Garcia to rebuild his side’s shape as a 5-3-1.

Their second-half game plan revolved around digging in, but the formation enabled the wing-backs to push on and move City up the pitch during spells of possession. There was an excellent discipline within the shape, which was sadly undone by individual lapses of concentration.

Player Ratings


Starting XI: Ederson (2); Walker (6), Fernandinho (6), Otamendi (7), Mendy (7); De Bruyne (7*), Rodri (7), Bernardo Silva (6); Mahrez (6), Agüero (5), Sterling (7)

Substitutes: Bravo (6), Garcia (6), Gundogan (6)

STAR PLAYER

Kevin De Bruyne,iogo Jota,Jonny Otto,Raul Jimenez

During a quiet and subdued Manchester City performance, Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliance was easy to see. He deserves the accolade of Star Player for his defensive-splitting assist alone, put the chance to double City’s lead on a plate for Raheem Sterling – such was the timing of it.


There was much more to De Bruyne’s performance though, and he showed his commitment to the cause in a fairly unfamiliar role alongside Rodri in the flat midfield four. He covered plenty of ground and used his talents on the ball to minimise City’s turnover of possession, despite their inferior numbers.

Looking Ahead

It doesn’t get any easier for Wolves, who head to Anfield on Sunday to face Premier League leaders Liverpool. An away fixture at Watford follows, before the Wanderers welcome Manchester United to Molineux in the FA Cup third round.

Manchester City, meanwhile, welcome Sheffield United and Everton to the Etihad in their next two league fixtures, before Port Vale’s visit in the FA Cup. A Manchester derby follows, as City travel to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.


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Previous Manchester City CEO unveils he mistakenly made £70m bid for Leo Messi


Former Manchester City CEO Cook has sensationally revealed how miscommunication led to him accidentally placing a £70m bid for Lionel Messi in 2008.

Cook worked at the club between 2008 and 2011, joining just as the Abu Dhabi United Group completed their take over of the Citizens. As CEO, he was responsible for transfers and during his time in charge Cook was apparently involved in a number of audacious bids for the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Wayne Rooney.


Ronaldinho,Lionel Messi
In an interview with The Athletic, the 61-year-old also claimed that he inadvertently submitted an offer to Barcelona for the services of Lionel Messi, when Thaksin Shinawatra was still in charge at the club in summer 2008.

“We were in London on a conference call,” Cook explained. “Pairoj Piempongsant was getting heated. The phone was on the table and he was speaking to Paul Aldridge, who had previously been with West Ham, got himself in a bit of trouble [over Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano’s controversial moves], and was also part of Thaksin’s world.


“So picture the scene. There’s Paul with his London accent: ‘Pairoj, you got to tell me what we’re doing, it’s getting out of control.’ Pairoj was lying on a chaise lounge, getting a massage, and shouting: ‘Yes, yes, yes! Very messy, messy, it’s getting messy.’

“Something got lost in translation and — on my daughter’s eyesight, this is the truth — that was misheard as ‘we’ve got to get Messi’.”

Cook claimed that after the bid was submitted Barcelona contacted Premier League chairman Dave Richards to check if the offer of around £70m was genuine.


“They were saying to Dave that, if it was real, they might have done a deal a few weeks earlier,” he said.

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In the end Messi remained at Barcelona, with City eventually securing the signing of Robinho to kick start the most successful era in their history.


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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


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“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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