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Pep Guardiola in rare defence of Jose Mourinho

Pep Guardiola in rare defence of Jose Mourinho

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has jumped to the defence of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after he received criticism recently. The Red Devils manager has struggled to perform in recent weeks after poor results against Brighton and Tottenham. Mourinho has been at the forefront of a media showdown following his rant in the post-match interview against Spurs So much so that a bad result against Burnley on Sunday could even spell the end of his Manchester United career. However, Pep explained that managers always bear the brunt when their teams are not playing well but still praised the quality of his …

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We need to take teams seriously: Txiki Begiristain

We need to take teams seriously: Txiki Begiristain

Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain believes their biggest threat in Group F is German Bundesliga side 1899 Hoffenheim The Premier League champions were placed in Group F of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League season alongside Shakhtar Donetsk and Olympique Lyon. And to the Citizen’s director of football, his team has to take all rivals very seriously. “They’ve done lovely work as a football club,” he told Sky Sports News. “We need to take all the teams, but especially Hoffenheim very, very seriously.” “We have Pep, all of his staff have been in Germany, so they know how strong …

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Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

Pique: Klopp and Guardiola’s style, completely different

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp uses a completely different tactical system to that of Pep Guardiola, says Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. Pique returned to the Camp Nou in 2008 during Guardiola’s reign following a four-year spell at Manchester United. The Spanish defender emerged as one of the most sought-after defenders in European football under Guardiola’s tutelage and has since been a prominent member of the Barcelona squad. But even the 31-year-old reckoned that his former boss would find it tougher this season due to the football Liverpool produce. Klopp’s style of a high-octane counter-attack defeated City thrice last season, and they are expected to …

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Man City is ready for Champions League glory- Gundogan

Man City is ready for Champions League glory- Gundogan

Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan believes his team can win the Champions League this season thanks to the team’s maturity. Pep Guardiola’s men were eliminated by Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite their dominance in the League. Gundogan, who has been instrumental to City’s campaign so far, feels the English giants are ready to challenge for the European crown. “I dream of winning the Champions League title with Manchester City and a title with Germany,” he told WAZ. “In Manchester last season we had the feeling that we are ready for it. It was not enough. This year nothing …

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Aguero unlikely to be punished for shisha video

Aguero unlikely to be punished for shisha video

Sergio Aguero looks set to avoid punishment by Manchester City after a video of him smoking shisha with a model circulated online. The Argentina striker was seen inhaling from a tube and blowing smoke out into the camera lens. Aguero was smoking the shisha pipe with an 18-year-old model. A national newspaper published the video. ? Manchester City reportedly won't punish Sergio #Aguero after a video of him smoking Shisha appeared on Social Media. ?#MCFC pic.twitter.com/l7wNt6Pd5o — Online Sports Blog (@osportsblog) August 27, 2018 But Sky Sports reports that City is aware of the footage and have reportedly decided not to take disciplinary action against Aguero. …

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Liverpool is not for sale- FSG

Liverpool is not for sale- FSG

Liverpool’s owners have said the club is not for sale but that they would be open to minority investment amid reports of a takeover, according to Sky Sports. Recent reports emanated that Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan failed in a £2billion attempt to take over the club at the end of 2017. “FSG have been clear and consistent in their stance that the club is not for sale,” Liverpool said in a statement. “What the ownership have said again clearly and consistently is that ‘under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if …

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Liverpool will win the Premier League title- Pearce

Liverpool will win the Premier League title- Pearce

Former Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce predicts Liverpool will pip Manchester City to the Premier League crown this season. The Reds have won their first two top-flight games and put in an impressive display in their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday Night. Jurgen Klopp’s men have come close to winning trophies in recent years, but have failed to win any of the finals including the loss to Madrid in Kiev back in May. However, Pearce who was in the dugout for the Hammers last season believes the Reds have the experience and belief to end their title jinx. “I personally think they’ll win the league this year,” he said. “I think it’s …

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Man City consider January swoop for Neves

Man City consider January swoop for Neves

Manchester City might launch a bid for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves in the January transfer window, to bolster their midfield options. Neves joined Wolves from FC Porto last summer in a Championship record £16 million transfer and he has since gone on to appear 44 times for the club. The 21-year-old is pivotal in Nuno Espirito Santo’s plan and has quickly developed a reputation as a creative player with a penchant for scoring from long range. The Portuguese star scored six goals from outside the box during his first year with the club as Wolves gained promotion to the …

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Carra and Neville’s Premier League predictions

Carra and Neville’s Premier League predictions

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have given their predictions for the Premier League season. After two matches played in the 2018/19 Premier League season, Both pundits have shared their thoughts on how the season will pan out. Champions – Man City ‘Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are chasing City, and they have to gain encouragement from somewhere in the first part of the season. In the first two games, there’s been no encouragement against Arsenal and Huddersfield. Someone has to leave one on City and leave a seed of doubt that they can be caught.’ Top …

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Pep Guardiola in awe of hat-trick hero Aguero

Pep Guardiola in awe of hat-trick hero Aguero

Pep Guardiola has paid glowing tributes to hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero for the striker’s contribution in Manchester City’s 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield Town. Aguero was in excellent form for the Cityzens as they avoided a repeat of the barren draw they experienced last season against David Wagner’s team. Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, and Terence Kongolo’s own goal also contributed to City’s win, while Jon Gorenc Stankovic netted a consolation for Huddersfield just before the break. View this post on Instagram Pep Guardiola in awe of hat-trick hero Aguero A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 20, 2018 at 1:35am …

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Jurgen Klopp plays down De Bruyne injury

Jurgen Klopp plays down De Bruyne injury

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe the injury of Kevin De Bruyne will have any impact on the title race considering Manchester City’s squad depth. The Belgian playmaker was City’s star man last season, but he is currently facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury in training. Most bookmakers tipped Klopp’s Liverpool ahead of the season to give the Cityzens a good run for their money. But the Reds boss has played down the injury of De Bruyne suggesting they can cope without him. Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports, Klopp feels City have more than enough …

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Kevin De Bruyne out for three months

Kevin De Bruyne out for three months

Kevin De Bruyne is expected to be sidelined for around three months with a knee injury, according to reports from Manchester City. The 27-year-old Belgian midfielder was hurt during a training session on Wednesday. View this post on Instagram Kevin De Bruyne out for three months A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 17, 2018 at 4:34am PDT De Bruyne played a cameo role in City’s 2-0 win at the Emirates when he came on as a substitute just a few days after returning from holidays. It is understood the midfielder will not require surgery from the tests performed but is …

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Kevin De Bruyne could miss three to four months with injury

Kevin De Bruyne could miss three to four months with injury

Manchester City have confirmed midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has injured his right knee in training and could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Reports claim the injury was twisted knee sustained during a training session on Wednesday morning. De Bruyne, 27, is currently undergoing tests to discover the full extent of the injury. A statement released by City read: “Kevin De Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday. “The extent of the problem is not yet known and we will bring you further updates on Kevin’s condition in due course.” The …

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Neville tips Liverpool to push City for the title

Neville tips Liverpool to push City for the title

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes Liverpool are a threat to Manchester City and insists they have the squad depth to challenge for the title The Reds recorded an emphatic 4-0 victory over West Ham at Anfield on Sunday to claim the top spot. However, there were wins for Man City, Tottenham, Manchester United, and Chelsea on the opening weekend. Klopp’s men defeated City thrice last season, as well as reaching a Champions League final, and the former United defender feels they pose a threat both in playing style on the pitch, and the feeling around the club off the pitch. View this …

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Winning is my biggest motivation- Pep Guardiola

Winning is my biggest motivation- Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has revealed that winning matches is his chief motivation “not titles” as champions Manchester City begin their title defence The Cityzens, wrapped up the title with an astonishing 100 points last season and will start their campaign with a clash against Arsenal on Sunday. He said: “The target is to win on Sunday and then, after that, (against) Huddersfield and then Wolves. In the end, we will see our level. “I am focused on that, not focused on back-to-back (titles). “Winning is the best motivation, and we will try to continue what we have done. Last season we were …

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Pep Guardiola gunning for glory

Pep Guardiola gunning for glory

Pep Guardiola is aiming for another record with Manchester City as he bids to guide the club to consecutive top-flight titles for the first time. Guardiola is on course for his third campaign at the Etihad. He shockingly ended up trophyless in his first season but then won the Premier League trophy in record-breaking fashion. And now he’s aiming to become the first gaffer to win back-to-back titles since Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson. View this post on Instagram Pep Guardiola gunning for glory A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 10, 2018 at 5:38am PDT In fact, only five managers have …

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