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Guardiola react after Mikel Arteta’s move to turn Arsenal into title contenders.


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta, admitting the Gunners could soon find themselves battling for the Premier League title.


Arteta spent three years working under Guardiola at City before taking the plunge into first-team management with Arsenal in December 2019, but his first 14 months in the job have been about as turbulent as they could possibly be.

Arteta led Arsenal to FA Cup glory last season but was tipped to lose his job just a few months ago, with the Gunners closer to a relegation battle that the top four, but he has managed to steady the ship and slowly lead his side up the table – something which Guardiola confessed had impressed him.

Pep Guardiola has huge faith in Mikel Arteta | Pool/Getty Images

“I did not inspire him,” Guardiola said of his former protegee in the build-up to the meeting between the two sides on Saturday (via Sky Sports News). “What he knows he knows for himself. I am not any influence. What he is doing, all credit to him and his backroom staff.


“All I can say is the last months show me that all managers need time and he is not an exception. What I see in the last two months every game Arsenal played is better than the opponent.

“Tomorrow we will have an incredible performance. They have an exceptional build-up, they have quality and they have energy. They have [Bukayo] Saka, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang and all the players with the quality in the middle.

“In the early future, they will be real contenders to fight for the titles. Most of the time [when Arteta and I worked together] we took decisions together and I took decisions with the influence of Mikel. I don’t know if I influenced him – he has to answer this.”

Arteta has also been incredibly complimentary of City, insisting that Guardiola has built the best team in world football.


“The football they are playing and consistency of results, take all that in and it makes them the best team,” Arteta confessed (via BBC Sport).

“They have weaknesses like every team but at the moment teams have struggled a lot to find any of that because I think first of all defensively they have been really, really strong. I think they are the best team in Europe at the moment.”



City’s Guardiola wins EPL ‘manager of the month.’


The news completes a double for City as midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who netted five goals in six appearances throughout January, lifted the player of the month award.

In a surprise to no-one given Manchester City’s incredible recent form, Pep Guardiola has been named Premier League manager of the month for January.

It was a season that promised to deliver an open title race until the death, but City have taken full advantage of faltering form from Liverpool and Manchester United to pull away from the chasing pack.

They sit five points clear at the top of the division with a game in hand at present and that is largely thanks to a perfect January that saw them pick up six consecutive victories.


They started the month with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s late consolation would prove to be the only goal they would concede for the entire month.

They won their next five matches by an aggregate scoreline of 13-0, brushing aside a quarter of the division with minimal fuss to assert themselves as the clear favourites to win the league for the third time in Guardiola’s tenure.

The news completes a double for City as midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who netted five goals in six appearances throughout January, lifted the player of the month award.


He has become a favourite of Guardiola’s in recent weeks and was in the thick of it as City started 2021 with a bang.

Despite a faltering start to the season, Guardiola’s team are beginning to look more and more like the side who romped to successive league titles in 2018 and 2019.

Guardiola was named best boss for January | Michael Steele/Getty Images

They were virtually unbeatable for those two seasons, registering 100 and 98 points respectively – then the two highest totals ever recorded.

They won just two of their first five games this season and were in the bottom half of the table as recently as November.


But they have taken 38 points from their last 42 available and look on course to charge to yet another title.

Guardiola fought off competition from David Moyes, Mikel Arteta, and Graham Potter to win the January award.



John Stones to remain in Manchester City


Guardiola’s men are competing for four trophies and they want to make sure all their players are fully focused on the task at hand

Manchester City are prepared to reward John Stones’ recent run of good form with a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.


Stones was out of favour under Pep Guardiola last season and was widely expected to leave the club following the big-money arrivals of Ruben Dias and Nathan Ake, but the Englishman has instead forced his way back into the starting lineup, forming a dominant partnership with Dias.

In his 13 Premier League starts this season – he only managed 12 last year – Stones has helped City keep ten clean sheets, and he even chimed in with two goals in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace back in January.


As it stands, Stones is set to enter the final 12 months of his contract at the end of the season, and The Times note that Guardiola has urged City to offer him fresh terms to keep him around for a little while longer.

John Stones has earned himself a new contract at Man City | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Club officials were open to selling Stones last summer but have been incredibly impressed with his reaction to the new signings, and talks between the two are expected to be held at the end of the season.

City want to wait so as to avoid adding any potential distractions into the mix. Guardiola’s men are competing for four trophies and they want to make sure all their players are fully focused on the task at hand.


Speaking to NoRM‘s known Media after his goalscoring exploits against Palace, Stones confessed that he struggled to accept being out in the cold at City and admitted he worked tirelessly to try and get himself back into the fold.

“It’s always tough when you’re not playing and you don’t get a run of games – then when you do, you don’t perform to what you can do, because you maybe put too much pressure on yourself,” he said.

“I’ve said it to Micah Richards and to a lot of people that I went back to the basics and looked at myself first, looked at what I can improve on in every aspect.

“I’ve said to [Richards] a few times now – he’s been very open about himself as well, which is good – and I think players that have been in my position and for me personally to keep fighting and keep believing in myself is something first and foremost that needs to happen.


“You need to be able to look yourself in the mirror and say ‘am I doing everything for myself and for the team?’

“I did that and kept working hard kept the faith and kept grinding away. And as I said, I kept trying to improve – and I still am now. I don’t think you’ll ever stop looking to improve on yourself. I’m just trying to do my best.”



Pep Guardiola: Why i will never insult myself by exchanging words with Jose Mourinho


Guardiola, who had repeated touch line fight with Mourinho during their spells in Spain, Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively said he has had enough of that barb.

Manchester City manager ahead of their clash with Tottenham Hotspur has come out to say that he is too old to engage himself in a verbal fight with Mourinho.

Mourinho, in a press conference said that Man city’s star player Raheem Sterling who was reported injured before the international break will be fit to play against his team despite withdrawing from England team that played in the Uefa Nations league.

Jose went on to say that Manchester city as a club mounted pressure on England national team coach Gareth Southgate into omitting Sterling’s name in his English squad list and also called out Pep Guardiola to come out open and deny or accept the accusation.


Pep, was asked to talk on the Mourinho accusation by the press guy’s and he said, “You have to speak to the doctors about these other things, don’t ask me,”

“I’m almost 50. I’m old enough to understand. Listen, I’m not going to answer anything about Jose.

“Raheem today Friday was the first training that he did.

“Mourinho has to speak to the doctor for the national team of England and the doctor for Manchester City.

“Maybe Mourinho is a doctor, I don’t know.


“He accused us of something we have done that is not true.”

Guardiola immediately switched attention to the contract he signed on Thursday, when he was asked his reason for extending his contract, he said “I don’t know, when I arrive here I didn’t expect to be seven years,” he added.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. It depends on the results to be honest. If we have success and we are happy, why not?

“If we don’t have success, we will be less happy and I think we are going to change. It’s simple.

He also said that he is happy at city and is looking forward to achieving more great things with the club.


Guardiola hints stunner: Agüero will play against Madrid


Pep Guardiola has given his clearest indication yet that Sergio Aguero will be ready for Manchester City’s assault on the Champions League.

Aguero is currently working overtime to prove his fitness after suffering a knee injury last month, with a return for the last 16 second leg against Real Madrid in a fortnight considered unlikely.

The Argentine is undergoing rehabilitation on his left knee three times a day and Guardiola indicated that his entire squad will be available come the game at the Etihad Stadium on August 7.

‘I think against Madrid everyone will be fit apart from (Benjamin) Mendy, who is suspended,’ Guardiola said. ‘So in the training sessions everyone will be fit and we’ll go for the senior guys for this game.’


Counting on Aguero from the bench would serve as a major boost to City, who head into the game with a one-goal lead from the Bernabeu in February.

Guardiola afforded his players two days off this week before they ramp up preparation for Madrid and could see his team become only the fifth in Premier League history to score 100 goals in a season on Sunday.

They end the campaign against depleted, and already relegated, Norwich City.

City – who currently have 97 goals – have twice reached the landmark before, during a record-breaking title romp three years ago and under Manuel Pellegrini in 2014. Liverpool also hit a ton that year, while Chelsea scored 103 a decade ago.


Reaching the milestone will be scant consolation for City after surrendering their crown but could act as a send-off for David Silva, who is due to play his final league fixture.

‘It’s nice to score goals, the way a team can show, but it’s not been enough (this year),’ Guardiola added. ‘A lot of goals but we are 18 points behind Liverpool. Every game there (has to be) a target, desire to win the game and scoring 100 goals is one of the reasons why.

‘And also to see if the players are ready. The way they play against Norwich and the way they train. I will be paying attention for how they play before Madrid. Every day will be an exam for me to see if they are ready to play this game.

‘Against Arsenal we were not ready (for Madrid). Watford was a little bit better but still we need to improve.’

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‘Black Spot’ I quit because Guardiola knows better – Former Bayern Doctor


German Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt has said he quit as Bayern Munich team doctor in 2015 amid a spat with Pep Guardiola because the Spaniard “knew better”.

“I couldn’t put up with the fact that a young coach (Guardiola) — who was very successful and who is probably one of the very, very big names — interfered in medical matters and knew everything better than I did,” Mueller-Wohlfahrt told broadcaster BR24.

The 77-year-old German has a reputation as one of the world’s top sports doctors, whose list of superstar clients included retired sprinter Usain Bolt.

Bolt dedicated his 2016 Olympic gold medal after the men’s 100m final to him for helping him overcome a calf injury.


Mueller-Wohlfahrt started working with Bayern in 1977, but resigned abruptly five years ago.

At the time, he said it was because then-Bayern coach Guardiola blamed the club’s medical department for a Champions League defeat at Porto.

Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola looks on from the sidelines during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP)

Mueller-Wohlfahrt only returned to Bayern in 2017, after Guardiola had left to join present side Manchester City, and stepped down again as club doctor last month.

However, he refers to his time at Bayern under Guardiola as a “black spot”.


Mueller-Wohlfahrt says the pair have since buried the hatchet.

“We have met since and talked things over. It’s over now,” he added.

Guardiola won the Bundesliga title in each of his three seasons at Bayern from 2013-16 and has since lifted the Premier League trophy twice with Man City.

As well as Bayern, Mueller-Wohlfahrt also worked with the Germany national team from 1995 until after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.



Training With Guardiola is like attending university lectures – Willy Caballero

Training under Pep Guardiola is like going to university, according to veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero.


The Argentine worked under Guardiola at Manchester City before moving on to Chelsea, where he has recently received a contract extension.

And according to Caballero, at the Etihad, every day is a school day.

“Pep Guardiola is like going to university,” Caballero told TNT Sports.

“I spent a year with him at City, learning something new every day.

“On the playing field, watching videos or at any time, when he approaches you and explains things to you.

“He has no problem teaching someone at 34 years old, as I was, like someone who is 18. He is a great teacher.”


Caballero’s year under Guardiola was the last of his three seasons at Manchester City, having moved from Malaga in 2014.

He followed manager Manuel Pellegrini, who had made the same switch a year earlier.

Caballero only made 23 Premier League appearances for City but was a regular in the cups, memorably saving three penalties in the shoot-out win over Liverpool in the 2016 League Cup final.


“Manuel Pellegrini had convinced me to go with him to Manchester City,” he explained.

“I was doing very well at Malaga, but I accepted. He had promised to keep me as a starter in the cup, although in the league, the starter was Joe Hart, the England national team’s goalkeeper.

“We reached the final and we had to play it against Liverpool. There was a lot of pressure for Hart to start the game.


“But Pellegrini said, ‘I’d rather lose a title than lose my word.’ It kept me going and we won the cup.”

Caballero also spoke about his new contract at Chelsea, which will see him stay at Stamford Bridge until 2021.

“I really appreciate having renewed for another year with Chelsea at 38,” he said.


“I always look back because I had a hard time getting to where I am. When I started at Boca, as well as when I got to the national team, I felt it was the top of the mountain, but they turned me around and I had to start from scratch.

“I went back to the second division in Spain and it served to give value to what I have now.”



Ceballos sees Guardiola as ‘possibly the best coach in the history of football’

Dani Ceballos thinks Mikel Arteta can be a success as a coach because of what he’s learned from Pep Guardiola.

Arteta, who is Ceballos’ coach at Arsenal, worked as Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City for the past two seasons before taking the job at the Emirates stadium.

“I’m very happy with Mikel,” Ceballos told NobleSport’s Reliable source

“He, as an assistant, learned from possibly the best coach in the history of football.

“He has some basic concepts and a winning mentality.

“I think he’s going to be one of the best coaches [in England] very soon.”

Ceballos returned to Real Madrid’s training ground to do some recovery work from injury during the first half of the season, where he spoke to Zinedine Zidane.

“When I was at Valdebebas two or three months ago, he told me that he was following the Premier League, that he’d seen me play and that he was happy that I was getting the minutes that I didn’t have at times before,” Ceballos said.

“My relationship with him is good.

“He always used to say that I was like him, that I was a energetic player that needed to play lots of games in order to play at a high rhythm.

“He always said that my future is at Real Madrid and to be patient because I might get the opportunity.”


Manchester City manager lost his mother to COVID-19.

Manchester City has confirmed that their manager, Pep Guardiola has lost his mother to coronavirus.

In a statement on Twitter, the club said:

“The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting coronavirus. She was 82 years old.

City paid tribute to their manager on social media, saying: ‘Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.’

The tragic news comes weeks after Guardiola himself made a generous donation of £920,000 (€1million) to help provide medical equipment in the fight against coronavirus in Spain.



2-0: United coach hail team on city’s trash.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s outstanding record against the rest of the Premier League’s big six improved on Sunday as he led his side to a 2-0 win over Manchester City.

Anthony Martial opened the scoring midway through the first half before Scott McTominay caught Ederson out of his net to fire home from long range late on and seal all three points for United.

Understandably, Solskjaer was in a jovial mood when speaking after the game (via the club’s official website). Here’s what he had to say.

On the Importance of the Result

“The result is always the deciding factor. I’m so happy with a win and another three points. The performance was as expected against them because you know that you have to defend well.

“The first 15-20 minutes were harder than maybe we should have made it. We started hurrying them and harassing them higher up and created chances, we had some big ones.

”It’s a privilege to have players like this. The desire and work-rate, that’s what I think the fans love about these players. To see the connections between the players, the team and the fans today [Sunday] – what an atmosphere.

“At the end, seeing everyone in the stands. You turn around and you see Sir Alex [Ferguson] up there, he is proud and it’s a big moment for every one of us.“

On Whether United Can Compete for the Title Soon

“We feel we’re improving all the time and we know we lack one, two or three players and some experience, to be considered a title contender. We know that and we’re not going to start talking about that now.

“We start talking about getting up the table, getting more points and challenging for that top four because Chelsea and Leicester are too far ahead of us for my liking.”

On Keeping Eight Clean Sheets in Ten Games

“Look at the two goals we’ve conceded though – one shouldn’t have been given against Club Brugge because the ball was rolling [from their goal-kick] and the last one was David [De Gea’s mistake], so we are getting there.”

On Fred’s Booking for Diving

Shortly before half time, midfielder Fred was shown a yellow card for an alleged dive in the penalty area, although replays showed that was more than a little unfortunate to not get the decision.

”He should have had a penalty, it’s a clear penalty. It’s a clear kick on his ankle [by Nicolas Otamendi]. It is one of those things that you hope doesn’t come back to bite us, but we got the result we needed.”

On His Forwards’ Relationships

“Anthony and Bruno [Fernandes] have hit it off but Bruno is that type of player. Of course, we’ve got set routines and I’ve seen them do it before. We’re going to improve as a team, they’re going to improve as players, because, you know, there were two or three times today, head up and we score goals.

“Twice Dan James could just square it, once for Bruno, one for Anthony. Anthony should square it for Bruno. Those little things they’ll come, but it’s a privilege because they want to learn as well and they listen to the advice we give them.”


Klopp: EPL still in tough competition

Jurgen Klopp dismissed claims that Liverpool’s dominance is a sign that the Premier League has become less competitive, while warning that his side could still improve.

Liverpool went down to the wire last season against Manchester City in a thrilling title run-in before ultimately losing out by a single point.

In 2019-20, however, the Premier League has been little more than a procession, with Liverpool leading by a massive 22 points having won all but one of their games to date.

Two more wins for the Reds could see them clinch the title in record time if City fail to take a point from their corresponding fixtures; but Klopp believes the gap at the top does not show a dip in quality.

“I couldn’t care less [what people say]. Look, it is completely normal. I don’t think that we should have any concern for things like this,” he told reporters on Monday.

“If other people think like that – if they think City are not as good as they were – they are! They have scored a little less goals than us, conceded a few more, and if you look why it is clear they have been missing some players.

“The other teams are really strong too. Yes, Bayern beat Tottenham and Chelsea [in the Champions League] but they are really strong over a season.

Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool Manager

‘Yes, [Spurs and Chelsea] have had some problems, that’s all true. But in the moment that you play them you don’t feel that they have these problems. The points they have, we have no influence on that apart from the games when we play them.

“So it says nothing about the quality of the Premier League, especially when you look at City v Real Madrid. I know that people look at these things and you saw that one of the best teams in the world maybe in the moment and City were clearly better so that shows as well how strong the League is.”


1-2: Guardiola elate as City smash Madrid in their first leg

Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are “not used to doing these things” after his side won at Real Madrid for the first time to take control of their Champions League last-16 tie.

Isco had put Real ahead but a Gabriel Jesus strike and a Kevin de Bruyne penalty secured a 2-1 first-leg win.

It is the first time City have won at a major European team in the knockout stage of the competition.

“To win at the Bernabeu is a great satisfaction for us,” Guardiola said.

“It is amazing to be able to win here for us because we are not used to doing these things.

“We hope it will help us in the future to believe in ourselves and to be able to go to any stadium and play the way we did against Real.”

Analysis: How Pep’s perfect plan earned landmark win in Madrid

Manchester City’s only previous away wins in the Champions League knockout stages were against Dynamo Kiev, Basel and Schalke

Guardiola’s side are hoping to win the Champions League for the first time, having progressed as far as the semi-finals only once before.

Real Madrid are the most successful side in the competition’s history – winning it 13 times – and Guardiola accepts that the tie is far from over.

“It’s just the first part, it’s not three points,” said the manager, whose side will host Real for the second leg on 17 March.

“If one team can overcome this situation, for experience, for everything, it is this club, but of course it is a good result.

“I am so proud of course but it is just the first step, we have another game, it is not over.”

The only negative for Manchester City on Wednesday was the loss of Aymeric Laporte to injury.

The defender was playing in only his fourth match since recovering from a serious knee problem but limped off midway through the first half.

“He’s had four or five months out and it’s a problem when you come back,” Guardiola said.

“He came back in this demanding game and we wanted him to be fit to the end.

“With John [Stones], Nico [Otamendi], Eric [Garcia], Fernandinho, we can get through.”


City star set to play with Messi in Barcelona

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva opens to play with Lionel Messi at Barcelona ahead of the Champions League last 16 clashes with Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

The 25-year-old Portugal international moves to Etihad from Monaco in 2017 and has become an integral part of their midfield where he amassing 29 goals and 33 assists in 139 appearances across all competitions.

Manchester City has been banned from European competitions for the next two years which leave plenty of speculation with Cityzen players with Barcelona eyeing €100m-rated Silva but the Premier League and Ligue 1 winner is currently getting ready to take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s former side, Real Madrid the Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday night.

Silva told SER Catalunya: “Barça with Messi is always very dangerous, PSG, with Neymar and Mbappé, is a team that without as much experience as Madrid or Barça, can do well. And we really want to.

“I play with Cristiano Ronaldo in the national team and if I played with Messi, being able to say that I played with the best in history would be a pleasure, but it is a complicated matter. At City or in Barça it will be welcome.”

The first leg will be played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, before the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium on March 17.


Manchester City doesn’t deserve ban – Pep Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed he has seen proof why they should not be banned from European competitions.

City have been handed a two-year suspension, after UEFA found the Premier League champions guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

The Etihad club have already moved to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Speaking at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday, ahead of their Champions League last-16 first leg against Real Madrid, Guardiola said: “We were under suspicion for a long time, we have the right to appeal and I trust the people in my club.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

“They explain the reasons, they showed me the arguments and the proofs. We are optimistic that finally if we deserve to be in the Champions League we can do it next season, if finally, it doesn’t happen we have to accept and move forward.

“My trust is with the club. I know them. We are going to see what happens with CAS.”


Guardiola debunks rumour of leaving City

Pep Guardiola insisted on Wednesday that he will stay with Manchester City, dismissing rumours he will hit the exit door following the club’s two-year ban from European competitions by UEFA.

Guardiola vowed that the “truth will prevail” at the end.

“If they don’t sack me I will stay here 100 percent more than ever. First because I want to stay. It’s something special, more than the contract I have,” Guardiola told Sky Sports after Wednesday’s 2-0 win against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium.

“I said before, I say now, I want to stay and help the club and maintain this level as long as possible.

“When I said I love this club I like to be here, why should I leave? No matter what happens I will be here next season.”

City were banned from the Champions League and Europa League for the next two seasons and fined 30 million euros (£24.9 million) on Friday after UEFA found them guilty of committing “serious breaches” of financial regulations.

The Premier League champions overstated sponsorship revenue in accounts submitted between 2012 and 2016, according to European football’s governing body.

The severe punishment will cost City an estimated £170 million in lost Champions League revenue and the club reacted furiously, immediately vowing to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Amid speculation that Guardiola could quit if they lose the appeal, the City manager used his first public comments since news of the suspension broke to make it clear he will not desert the club whatever happens in court.

That was the best possible news for City fans, who will hope Guardiola’s faith in what he has been told by his bosses proves wise.

Guardiola said City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners told him the ban was unfair and he supports their decision to appeal.

“It’s not finished. The club believes it’s unfair so we are going to appeal. When someone believes they are right they have to fight,” he said.

“We are going to fight like we have fought every single game. We are optimistic that at the end the truth will prevail and next season we will be in the Champions League.

“All we can do on the pitch is what we have done the last four years and focus on that until the end of the season.

“I trust 100 percent completely my club what they have done. They explained to me the reasons why.”

After scoring City’s second goal against West Ham to cap a man of the match display, Kevin De Bruyne insisted his team-mates will stay focused despite speculation that some of them will ask to leave if the ban is not lifted.

“Obviously we were on holiday when the statement happened and I think we came back and we played football and the situation is what it is,” De Bruyne said.

“We trained like normal and in the end nothing really changes for us – we just play the games that we have. Even today we gave a good performance and we still have a lot to play for.

“I think the team gave their statement, so I don’t know as players what else we can do.

“We can just play football and in the end the situation will show what it can show.”


Man City’s Ferran assures staff of fighting UEFA ban and winning

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has written to the club’s staff promising they will fight the Champions League ban issued by UEFA as a punishment for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations and is ‘confident’ of beating it.

UEFA have seen fit to exclude City from European competitions for the next two seasons, but the club has denied any wrongdoing throughout the process and have made clear their intention of taking on the governing body to get the ban overturned.

Rightly or wrongly, City have consistently questioned the fairness of the disciplinary process.

In the wake of the ban being confirmed, Soriano sent an email to club staff, which has now been made public by the Daily Mail.

Within it, he wrote: “It is important to recognise that this is not the end. There is more to come. We are confident that with a fair and independent hearing we will prevail.”

It also states that City ‘continue to reject’ the charges against them and intend to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as soon as possible.

The Mail notes that club staff have been told not to post anything on social media, while meetings with staff are also said to have been held already. In those meetings, City sought to reassure staff and urged them not to panic – the report explains that confidence of beating the ban and the notion this is just the start of the process have been the common themes.

However, part of the problem if the ban is upheld is that City may have to provide compensation to players who are otherwise entitled to Champions League qualification bonuses.

A separate Mail report notes that some City players are paid up to seven figure sums when qualification is secured. The players themselves are not at fault and it could be that the club has to compensate them and pay out the bonuses anyway – even without the Champions League revenue, which can be worth up to £150m just for qualifying alone.

Since news of the ban broke last week, rumours have begun circulating as to whether their star players could seek a transfer in order so they can continue playing in the Champions League.

The agent of Raheem Sterling has already stated that his client is not thinking about leaving, while manager Pep Guardiola has also pledged his immediate future to the club.


European football: Man City receive 2 years ban

Manchester City have been banned from European competitions for the next two seasons for “serious financial fair-play breaches”, UEFA announced on Friday.

The English champions, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million), immediately announced they were appealing the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) “at the earliest opportunity”.

“Manchester City is disappointed but not surprised by today’s announcement by the UEFA Adjudicatory Chamber,” the club said.

“The… flawed and consistently leaked UEFA process he (the UEFA chief investigator) oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver…

“Simply put, this is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.

“With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible” at CAS.

Pep Guardiola’s City face Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League last 16.

Announcing the ban a UEFA statement declared: “The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons).”

European football’s governing body said that City “failed to cooperate in the investigation”.

“The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” European football’s governing body said.

City lost a previous appeal to CAS over UEFA’s original decision to refer them to its adjudicatory chamber over the alleged FFP violations.

The investigation into City was based on leaked emails published last year by German magazine Der Spiegel as part of “Football Leaks”.

Guardiola’s City outfit currently sit second in the Premier League table, meaning that the fourth Champions League slot available for English teams would likely go to the fifth-placed club this term.

Sheffield United, promoted to the top flight last year, sit in fifth.

It is not the first time that Man City have fallen foul of FFP regulations, having been fined 60 million euros and seeing their Champions League squad reduced in May 2014.

Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain were also fined that year.

Seven-time European champions AC Milan were banned from this season’s Europa League for FFP breaches.


Pep Guardiola Admits his job could Be over at Mancity

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that he could be sacked by the club if he fails to beat Real Madrid in their Champions League last 16 tie…

The Citizens have almost certainly failed to defend their Premier League title, with Liverpool a whopping 22 points clear at the top of the table, so Guardiola’s focus is on lifting the Champions League with City for the first time.

Busy few weeks on the way! 💪

19/02 – City v West Ham
22/02 – Leicester v City
26/02 – Real Madrid v City
01/03 – Carabao Cup Final
04/03 – Sheff Weds v City
08/03 – United v City

Speaking to Sky Sports, Guardiola did not shy away from the importance of his upcoming meeting with Real, admitting that all he wants to do over the next few weeks is to find a way to come out on top against Zinedine Zidane’s side.

“There are many incredible players that made our fans happy, and [times when] our fans enjoyed part of the season,” he said.

“I know the people say ‘You are good’ or ‘You’re not good enough.’ I accept it. I want to win the Champions League, I dream and will enjoy the games against Real Madrid, to see what I can do.

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“And this process, the two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.

“If we don’t beat them, then the chairman will come, or the sporting director, and say ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’. Then ‘OK, thank you, it was a pleasure.’”

When asked whether he genuinely believed that his job at City could be on the line, Guardiola confessed that it is certainly a possibility.

“I don’t know, many times it has happened. Or maybe he will say ‘OK, you’ve done well, but what can we improve?’” he added. “Since I arrived, that is what I have got from this club – what can we do, then do it better and do it better. That is the process.

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“Liverpool have spent four or five years to win the first title last season. It was a process – new players, the process, then invest more and more, and they are the best team in the world right now.

“Always people believe that you are Pep, or you are Jürgen, or another name, so you have to win all the titles, get two thousand million points, two thousand million goals.

“Sometimes it’s not possible. Sometimes there are opponents, sometimes you cannot do it because in no sport does one team win all the titles all the time. It’s impossible.”


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.”


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.’