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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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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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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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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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Pep Guardiola has ruled out further recruitments

Pep Guardiola has ruled out further recruitments

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed the club is unlikely to make any last-minute signings before Thursday’s transfer deadline The Cityzens has secured the signatures of Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez for a club record £60m, along with young defender Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle and Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage midfielder Claudio Gomes. However, despite missing out on his primary transfer target this summer in Jorginho, who opted for a reunion with his former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea, Guardiola admits that City will not add to the current squad. View this post on Instagram Pep Guardiola has ruled out further recruitments …

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Joe Hart completes Burnley move

Joe Hart completes Burnley move

Joe Hart has completed his move to Burnley from Manchester City on an initial two-year deal for a fee worth around £3.5m. The Clarets also have an option to his extend his contract by a further year after personal terms were finalized late on Monday night. View this post on Instagram Joe Hart completes Burnley move A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 7, 2018 at 6:30am PDT Sean Dyche secured the services of the former England number one due to limited options in that department. The duo of Nick Pope and Tom Heaton are injured with less than …

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Gabriel Jesus signs new contract with City

Gabriel Jesus signs new contract with City

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has penned down a new five-year contract that will keep him at the Etihad until 2023. The former Palmeiras player joined the City squad to train on Tuesday after being given an extended holiday following the World Cup. View this post on Instagram Gabriel Jesus signs new contract with City A post shared by Footballwood (@football.wood) on Aug 3, 2018 at 4:09am PDT   ? Gabriel Jesus extends contract with @ManCity until 2023 ✅#UCL pic.twitter.com/wnL5eNXxjl — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 3, 2018 Jesus failed to find the back of the net in Russia as Brazil were …

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Guardiola, Klopp and Deschamps included in FIFA’s coach of the year

Guardiola, Klopp and Deschamps included in FIFA’s coach of the year

Premier League based managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola were all included in the 2018 FIFA men’s coach of the year award list, with the final picks set to be known today. The city of London will host the award ceremony slated for 24, September 2018. The current holder of the award Zinedine Zidane was once again amongst the nominees after retaining the Champions League trophy. The former Madrid supremo beat Antonio Conte and Max Allegri to the accolade last season. With only the Juve coach making it to the list this time. However, three English-based coaches are in the …

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