Tag Archives: Manchester city

Pep Guardiola may be sacked if Man City loses to Real Madrid


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he could be sacked if he fails to beat Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Guardiola has won five major trophies in three seasons at the Etihad, but a failure to progress beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been the big disappointment of his reign. Guardiola’s side trail Liverpool at the top of the Premier League by a mammoth 22 points this season with their campaign now set to be judged on how they fare in Europe.

“I want to win the Champions League. I dream (of it) and I will enjoy preparing for the games against Madrid,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “If we don’t beat them, OK, come the chairman or the sport director and say, ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you.’ I don’t know (if this would happen). It has happened many times and could maybe happen.”

Guardiola has a contract at the Etihad until the end of next season. After four years at Barcelona and three in charge of Bayern Munich, he is expected to fulfil his deal and enter a fifth season at one club for the first time in his managerial career. But the Catalan coach also hit back at the suggestion that the success or failure of a season should only be measured in trophies.

“We give a bad, bad message for the new generation, for our kids, to just count the winner, the trophies to win,” added Guardiola. “You say the season is a disaster but if you win the Champions League it will be exceptional. Why? It is difficult to win it. If you don’t, we can say in more than 100 years of history (there) were 100 failure seasons for Manchester City. That is not true.”


#NobleSport

Ilkay Gundogan Reveals Why He Snubs Liverpool for Manchester City


Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has explained that he rejected a move to Liverpool and a reunion with former manager Jurgen Klopp in order to step out of his comfort zone.

Gundogan worked with Klopp during their time together at Borussia Dortmund, but signed with City in 2016, choosing to work with Pep Guardiola as a way to challenge himself.

Continue reading Ilkay Gundogan Reveals Why He Snubs Liverpool for Manchester City

Mancity Misses Leroy Sane This Season


Man City Have Missed Leroy Sane This Season & Should Do Everything In Their Power to Keep Him


Manchester City’s season got off to a great start.

Beating last year’s title rivals Liverpool in the Community Shield, albeit on penalties, the Citizens had set the tone for the rest of the campaign, once again showing us who was top dog.

Continue reading Mancity Misses Leroy Sane This Season

Messi Makes Decision To Remain At Barcelona And Mancity Sets To End Pursuit


Manchester City will “end their pursuit” of Lionel Messi after being told by the player’s representatives that he will not be leaving Barcelona – in perhaps the most obvious news of the weekend.

A public spat with technical secretary Eric Abidal had prompted rumours that Messi may seek a Camp Nou exit, which had the Premier League champions on red alert as they were ready to pounce on any uncertainties in Catalonia.

Continue reading Messi Makes Decision To Remain At Barcelona And Mancity Sets To End Pursuit

Manchester City Stance on Lionel Messi


Manchester City Stance on Lionel Messi Revealed Amid Barcelona Feud…


Despite the widely publicised friction between Lionel Messi and the Barcelona board, Manchester City currently have no plans in place to move for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, a source has told 90min. However, that will change if the player becomes available.

Months of simmering turmoil and disappointment on and off the pitch appeared to boil over earlier in the week, as Messi lashed out publicly against Barça sporting director and former teammate Eric Abidal for an interview in which he criticised the application of some players.

Continue reading Manchester City Stance on Lionel Messi

Manchester City falls 22 points behind Liverpool


Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola has accepted defeat in his side’s defence of the premier league title they won in 2019, saying he will be focusing on other competitions now, after his side were beaten 2-0 by Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on Sunday night.


Steven Bergwijn scored a debut goal while Heung-min Son’s scored again after Manchester City were reduced to 10 men following Oleksandr Zinchenko’s red card, leaving Guardiola’s side 22 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

Guardiola, whose team is still in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup final and UEFA Champions league believes the EPL title is all over for him.


‘They are far away so they are unstoppable. They have a lot of points, we have dropped points quite similar to today.

‘Our targets are to win the remaining competitions and qualify for the Champions League next season.’


Guardiola also responded to claims he kept his players locked up in the away dressing room after the match for 40 minutes.

”No, I was not angry. Normally I don’t like it if we don’t play good, if we don’t run or we don’t fight,’ said Guardiola.


‘Never when we lose do I stay away from my players because I know them. But we lost the game so we talked about how to move forward and keep going. There’s a lot of months to play.’

He also took a thinly-veiled swipe at former Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore, who once said that City’s dominance could affect the EPL’s credibility ahead of last season after winning the title by 19 points in the previous campaign.

”The last two seasons they said City winning the title was bad for the Premier League and that it could not happen again,’ said the City boss.

‘They said someone has to stop City getting 100 points and winning it again. So now it is Liverpool you have to be concerned with about the Premier League.’


#NobleSport

Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: Report, Ratings and Reactions.


Tottenham 2-0 Manchester City: Report, Ratings and Reaction as Bergwijn Stuns Champions on debut…


Goals from Steven Bergwijn and Son Heung-min inflicted yet another blow to the crumbling residue of Manchester City’s title hopes, as José Mourinho’s men took advantage of Oleksandr ZInchenko’s red card to pick up a vital home win.

City might have been reduced to ten men on two occasions in the first half, with both Raheem Sterling and Zinchenko walking the tightrope with borderline challenges on Dele Alli and Lucas Moura, but it was ultimately a foul from a Tottenham player which caused the significant talking point from the first half.

There was no shortage of confusion about it though, as only after play had resumed for around four minutes did VAR award a penalty for a foul by Serge Aurier on Sergio Aguero.


Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – Premier League
It was taken by Ilkay Gundogan and saved by Hugo Lloris, before the keeper brought down Sterling on the rebound – VAR this time ruling against a spot-kick.

City dominated for the first hour, but failed to take advantage, and were rapidly brought to their knees in a few explosive minutes. Zinchenko was shown a second yellow for bringing down Gundogan, before Bergwijn marked his debut with a terrific low volley, setting the stage for Son to send the Tottenham Hotspur stadium well and truly into dreamland with a deflected second.

City would huff and puff, but with an advantage of two goals and an extra man, they were able to manage the game with reasonable ease to see out what is a momentous victory for José Mourinho and his men.


Tottenham

Key Talking Point

As much as Mourinho was keen to dismiss the underlying narrative of his famed rivalry with Pep Guardiola heading into this one, there was no escaping it. The two have had a storied history stretching back to their days at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, and this was their 23rd meeting – Mourinho having won just five of those going in.

It was as good a time for any to better a less than favourable record for Mourinho, however, as his side needed a big result to catalyse what has been a stop-start spell in North London for the Portuguese boss so far. He called upon January recruit Bergwijn from the start in a bid to get there, while the emerging Japhet Tanganga retained a place at left back.


And while they might not have fancied their chances of doing that after a predictable first half, they should be afforded tremendous credit for the way they took the game to the defending champions following Zinchenko’s red card. They had visitors on the ropes with their pace on the counter, and although they required some good fortune to get there, they fully merited the three points that put them back into fifth place – and just four off the Champions League spots.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Lloris (6); Aurier (6), Alderweireld (8), Sanchez (6), Tanganga (7); Winks (6), Lo Celso (6); Bergwijn (8), Alli (6), Son (7); Moura (7)

Subs: Ndombele (6), Lamela (6), Dier (N/A)

Star Man

It’s the obvious choice, but there’s no denying who carried the most potent attacking threat for Spurs in a game where they were pegged back for long spells – new man Steven Bergwijn.

BRILLIANT BERGWIJN! ⚪️


The Dutch forward was in disbelief when he saw his powerful volley hit the back of the net but it was no less than he deserved for a stellar performance. Spurs don’t lack energy in the final third but his explosive pace and quality on the turn looked a cut above anything else on the pitch, and if he can carry this form on then he looks to have been an inspired January signing.

Manchester City

Key Talking Point

Liverpool may be galloping further and further away at the top of the division, but the remit for City hasn’t changed; win every game with no exceptions.


To that end, Guardiola might have had reason to be pleased with what he saw from his side for the most part. They were distinctly dominant, with Aguero passing up excellent chances to score in either half on a day it just didn’t seem to be happening for the Argentine in front of goal.

That was until they were reduced to ten, however, and thereafter they fell to pieces. They showed a level of fragility that will come as a real concern to Guardiola, but is unfortunately nothing new in what has been a tame season so far – in the league, at least.

They were toothless in the final third, suspect at the back, and almost nonexistent in midfield. A poor day at the office, and if you didn’t think their title hopes weren’t gone already, then City fans, I have some news for you…


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Ederson (6); Walker (6), Fernandinho (5), Otamendi (5), Zinchenko (4); Gundogan (5), Rodri (5), De Bruyne (6); Mahrez (7), Aguero (7), Sterling (6)

Subs: Jesus (6), Cancelo (6), Bernardo (N/A)

Star Man

A tough day for City, and one in which their talisman did absolutely everything but stick the ball in the back of the net.

Sergio Aguero,Davinson Sanchez
His intelligent movement terrorised Spurs for long spells in the first half and at the beginning of the second, and the decision to bring him off seems to completely kill his side’s chances of getting back into it. His profligacy may be blamed for his side failing to take the lead, but he was regardless the best of an ultimately poor bunch on the day.


#NobleSport…

Fernandinho signs one year with city ..


Manchester City have confirmed that Fernandinho has signed a one year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2021.

The Brazilian joined the Manchester-based side in the summer of 2013 and has gone on to make 299 appearances for the club so far, chipping in with 25 goals and 23 assists in this time.

Fernandinho had entered the final six months of his contract, but Manchester City have now officially confirmed that the 34-year-old has signed a one year extension to his current deal.

After signing his contract extension, Fernandinho revealed that he wishes to help the team continue to be successful and win trophies. He told the club’s official website: “This is the best possible news. I want to take this opportunity to put on record how grateful I am to my teammates and the backroom staff here at City. Without them, this deal would not be possible, so sincere thanks to every single one of them.

“I have enjoyed every second of my time here. I never expected to build such a meaningful relationship with the Club and the fans, but it has happened, and I am grateful every single day.


“My focus now is on making sure we continue to be successful. My time here has been decorated by silverware, but under Pep’s guidance we have really accelerated. I want that to carry on for as long as possible.”

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain was full of praise, claiming that he is one of the best players in world football. He added: “This new deal reflects Fernandinho’s quality and commitment. He is not only a first-class professional and one of the best players in world football, he is a fantastic person who leads by example every single day.

“We have a talented young squad – but making sure they are supplemented by senior players of Fernandinho’s ilk is of paramount importance. What he brings in terms of leadership and professionalism is valued by everyone at the football club.

“He is a player with outstanding technical quality, and his appreciation of the game allows him to play multiple positions. He is also a player without ego, someone who values his teammates and recognises the importance of the squad.”


#NobleSport

[4-0] Man City merrily trash Fulham..

…gabriel down a penalty


Manchester City breezed through to the FA Cup fifth round with a 4-0 win over 10-man Fulham at Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola made eight changes from the Premier League win at Sheffield United, but the promotion-chasing visitors never threatened to loosen City’s grip on the trophy they won emphatically with a 6-0 Wembley triumph over Watford in May.

Fulham’s task, already sizeable, was made practically impossible by the early dismissal of captain Tim Ream as he hauled Gabriel Jesus down for a penalty converted by Ilkay Gundogan.


#NobleSport

Liverpool better than Manchester City – Pep..

…23 games, 22 victories, 1 draw


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola conceded the Premier League title to Liverpool and believes no team in the world would be able to stay with the European champions this season.
Liverpool is well on course for a first league title in 30 years as they lead City by 16 points with a game in hand after winning 22 and drawing one of their 23 games.

City has won back-to-back titles with a combined 198 points, denying Liverpool last season despite Jurgen Klopp’s men posting 97 points – the third-highest tally in top-flight English football history.


“Liverpool obviously will be champions of the Premier League, but they would be champions in Spain, champions in Italy, champions in Germany,” said Guardiola.

“They would be champions everywhere after 23 games, 22 victories, 1 draw.”


City have lost five league games this season, but Guardiola defended their record by pointing out it would still be good enough to mount a title challenge in Europe’s other top leagues.

“In the recent past when Chelsea won the league, the next season, they didn’t qualify for the Champions League, Leicester the same and Chelsea again the same. When we won the league we repeated the league,” added Guardiola.


“In Spain, with the points we have we would be there, one or two points behind the leader, in Germany we would be there, one or two points behind the leader, in Italy as well.

“But Liverpool are just fantastic, phenomenal, overwhelming. So we have to accept it and learn from that.”


Guardiola won three league titles in a row at Barcelona and Bayern Munich but believes the mental strength to bounce back of his current squad is just as good as any he has coached before.

And City could still end the season with three trophies as they look to defend the FA Cup and League Cup and take on Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

“Honestly, it is one of the best I have ever handled or faced in my career for how they react in the bad moments,” he said.

“The numbers, the results, not just in this season, I think are good. Even in the previous seasons, I think it was phenomenal. That is why I am so proud.”


#NobleSport

PSG set to offer Guardiola transfer deal from city


Paris-Saint Germain are set to offer Pep Guardiola a mega deal to leave Manchester City this summer, NobleSport reports.

The Spaniard is believed to be the preferred candidate for the French champions, if they sack Thomas Tuchel.


Guardiola is contracted to City until the end of next season, but there has been increasing speculation this could be his last campaign with the Premier League champions.

After winning an unprecedented domestic treble last term, his side now trail leaders Liverpool by 13 points following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

Pep Guardiola

And the Reds have played two games less ahead of their home clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

Guardiola has insisted he is “100%” staying at the Etihad, but PSG’s mega-rich owners are ready to make a huge offer to lure him away.


#NobleSport

After defeat from City, Ashley young plan on leaving United.


Manchester United captain, Ashley Young has reportedly rejected the club’s offer to extend his contract at Old Trafford in a bid to move to Inter Milan.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Young has personally informed Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he does not want to renew his deal with the Red Devils as he seeks to join Inter Milan.


The Italian newspaper reports that Young has been in advanced talks with Antonio Conte’s side to complete a move to the Serie A giants.

The 34-year-old’s current contract at Man United will expire at the end of the season.


The England star joined United from Aston Villa in 2011.

The winger was left out of Man United’s squad that were defeated 3-1 against rivals, Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday night.

Ashley Young

Asked whether Young’s move could happen in the summer, Solskjaer told a post-match after Man United’s defeat to Man City: “I don’t know what you’re talking about, you’ve got to ask Ash.

“For me it’s about focusing on the next game and tonight.”


#Newsworthy…