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EPL: I could leave Man City – Raheem Sterling
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EPL: I could leave Man City – Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling has admitted he would be willing to leave Manchester City and move abroad. The 26-year-old England international has fallen out of favour with City manager, Pep Guardiola. Sterling has started only two Premier League fixtures out of the seven played so far. “If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, I’d be open to it at this moment in time. “As an English player, all I know is the Premier League. “I’ve always known that maybe one day, I would love to play abroad and see how I would come up against that challenge,” Sterling said on Thursday, during the FT Business of Sport US Summit. When asked what languages he has interest in learning, Sterling said: “I should be learning a few different languages. I quite like the French accent – and Spanish.” ...
It’s Anfield, Old Trafford – Guardiola throws dig at Liverpool, Man Utd
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It’s Anfield, Old Trafford – Guardiola throws dig at Liverpool, Man Utd

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has aimed a dig in the direction of Liverpool and Manchester United after being left unimpressed by the officials during his side’s Premier League 2-2 against Jurgen Klopp’s side on Sunday. Guardiola was obstinate Liverpool should have been reduced to ten men during Sunday’s clash at Anfield after James Milner, who was already on a yellow card, chopped down Bernardo Silva. Referee Paul Tierney awarded Man City a free-kick but didn’t pull out a second yellow card, while VAR didn’t intervene as it wasn’t deemed a ‘clear and obvious error’. But Guardiola reacted angrily on the sidelines and his mood got that bit worse just minutes later when Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead, after earlier goals from Sadio Mane and Phil Fo...
EPL: Keane, Carragher name team to beat this season
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EPL: Keane, Carragher name team to beat this season

Former Premier League stars, Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher, have identified Manchester City as the ‘team to beat’ in the English top-flight league this season ahead of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Keane and Carragher stated this following Man City’s Premier League 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. “It’s about the managers as well, Pep Guardiola’s track record is mind-boggling, he knows how to win football matches,” Keane told Sky Sports. “They are a hard team to beat. Liverpool will no doubt be in the mix because they have lots of goal scorers. “They conceded three against Brentford and two today, so that doesn’t look great, but they have got brilliant players going forward, world-class players. “I still think all of these teams, Chelsea included, wi...
Guardiola responds to reported Anfield incident with Liverpool fan
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Guardiola responds to reported Anfield incident with Liverpool fan

The Man City boss said an supporter's alleged confrontation with his backroom staff didn't represent all Reds spectators Pep Guardiola expects Liverpool will sort matters after a reported incident between a Redsfan and his Manchester City staff, adding that he knows the Anfield crowd is "greater than this person". The alleged event involving a member of the champions' backroom team and a supporter is said to have unfurled during celebrations for Phil Foden's equaliser in the 2-2 draw between Premier League rivals on Sunday. City are believed to have officially lodged a complaint with their opponents over the incident and speaking afterwards, Guardiola stated that he did not feel it the event was representative of Jurgen Klopp's side.  
Furious Guardiola booked as Manchester City manager fumes over Milner avoiding red card
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Furious Guardiola booked as Manchester City manager fumes over Milner avoiding red card

The Spaniard thought Liverpool should have gone down to 10 men in the second half of their 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday Pep Guardiola was booked for his touchline outburst in the second half of Manchester City's 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. The manager was furious when James Milner was spared a second yellow despite appearing to chop down Bernardo Silva. Soon after the incident, Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a lead with a brilliant solo goal, although Manchester City later found an equaliser through Kevin De Bruyne. Guardiola spent several minutes screaming at officials before being punished and told to sit down.  
Salah scores wondergoal in epic Liverpool-Man City draw
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Salah scores wondergoal in epic Liverpool-Man City draw

Liverpool and Manchester City served up a Premier League classic at Anfield, as the defending champions twice battled back to draw 2-2 on an evening when momentum swung wildly between the two title rivals. The home side - all at sea and described as "a mess" by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville during a first half in which City targeted struggling stand-in right-back James Milner - were transformed at the start of the second period and hit the front when Mohamed Salah played in Sadio Mane for his 99th Premier League goal (59). The excellent Phil Foden arrowed in an equaliser against the run of play 10 minutes larer but Salah again gave Liverpool the lead (76), scoring one of his finest goals in their colours by beating three City defenders and drilling home. On the touchline Pep Gu...
Sterling slump? Man City star returns to Liverpool in toughest moment since he left Anfield
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Sterling slump? Man City star returns to Liverpool in toughest moment since he left Anfield

The England talisman was one of the best players at the summer's Euros but his poor club form has carried over into the new Premier League season Raheem Sterling goes back to Liverpool and on one hand he has very little to prove to his old club. However, for probably the first time in his Manchester City career, he has to demonstrate that he is still one of the main men for Pep Guardiola. Anfield has never been a particularly happy environment for Sterling since his acrimonious departure in 2015. On his first six returns, City lost five and drew the other 0-0 in a dismal game in 2018 that was unrecognisable from the usual exciting, adventurous football associated with Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola sides.
Champions League: I’m in love with Verratti – Guardiola
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Champions League: I’m in love with Verratti – Guardiola

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he is “in love” with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti. Verratti played his part as PSG beat Manchester City 2-0 in a Champions League group fixture on Tuesday. Idrissa Gueye and Lionel Messi scored in either half as the Ligue 1 side claimed a famous victory. “I’m in love with him. He is exceptional. Even under pressure, he manages to find those passes that allow the midfield to be free.
Champions League: Guardiola reacts to Messi’s goal against Man City
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Champions League: Guardiola reacts to Messi’s goal against Man City

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has hailed Lionel Messi’s “fantastic” goal against his side in the Champions League on Tuesday. Messi produced a trademark finish past Ederson in the second half, following a one-two with Kylian Mbappe. The 34-year-old’s goal sealed a 2-0 victory for PSG in their second group game. It was also his first since his free transfer from Barcelona this summer. Guardiola said: “The (Messi) goal was fantastic. We know it’s impossible to control Leo during the whole 90 minutes but he was not much in touch with the ball. “We know quite well when he can run and get close to the box he is unstoppable. We knew it already, we spoke about that, we cannot control them for 90 minutes, these huge talents. “The only options I know is to defend deep f...
Barcelona star, Ansu Fati says he feels ‘no pressure’ inheriting Lionel Messi’s No 10 shirt
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Barcelona star, Ansu Fati says he feels ‘no pressure’ inheriting Lionel Messi’s No 10 shirt

Barcelona superstar, Ansu Fati has stated that he feels 'no pressure' after taking on the responsibility of the No 10 shirt that Lionel Messi wore at Barcelona. The Catalan giants were unable to retire Messi's shirt after he joined PSG as the Spanish FA's rules require LaLiga teams to assign their 25-man squad the numbers 1-25. Barcelona then made the decision to hand it to another graduate of the club's famed La Masia academy instead. Fati, who swapped from No 17 to 10, scored his first goal in the shirt during Barcelona's victory over Levante over the weekend. Speaking after the game, the youngster says he feels proud rather than nervous when it comes to wearing the jersey. He said: 'It is not a pressure. I am proud to wear the number 10 ...
Champions League: Guardiola Names Strong Squad to Face PSG in Paris
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Champions League: Guardiola Names Strong Squad to Face PSG in Paris

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has named a strong squad to tackle Manchester City in Tuesday’s away UEFA Champions League in Paris. Guardiola released a list of 21 players to take on PSG in a post via Man City’s official website on Monday. Man City heads to the game following a 1-0 win against Chelsea in the Premier League over the weekend. The Citizens are currently in the second position on the Premier League table with 13 points from six matches. The kick-off time for PSG vs Man City is 9 pm. Below is Man City’s travelling squad against PSG: Kyle Walker Ruben Dias John Stones Nathan Ake Raheem Sterling Gabriel Jesus Jack Grealish Zack Steffen Aymeric Laporte Rodrigo Kevin De Bruyne Bernardo Silva Ferran Torres ...
PSG vs Man City: Pep Guardiola sends message to Lionel Messi ahead of UCL clash
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PSG vs Man City: Pep Guardiola sends message to Lionel Messi ahead of UCL clash

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has said he wants Lionel Messi to be part of the Paris Saint-Germain team that will face the Premier League title holders in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Spaniard said he hopes the Argentine manages to shake off his injury niggle so he can face City on the Day 2 of the group stages. Guardiola also said that he ‘does not know’ how to stop PSG’s lethal front three, Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. The French champions added Messi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma to their ranks this season. Messi returned to full training at the weekend after missing the last two Ligue 1 matches with a minor injury. And Guardiola has no doubts about how dangerous a player Messi still is despite his inauspicio...
PSG vs Man City: Guardiola confirms player to miss Champions League clash
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PSG vs Man City: Guardiola confirms player to miss Champions League clash

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has confirmed the player that will miss his side’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night. According to Guardiola, Ilkay Gundogan will miss Man City’s away Champions League clash with PSG in Paris due to injury. The Spaniard said this on Monday during his pre-match press conference. The City boss also said Gundongan would return to action for the Premier League champions after the international break. Recall that Gundogan missed Man City’s Premier League 1-0 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over the weekend. “Ilkay [Gundogan] is out [from Man City’s clash with PSG] until after the international break,” Guardiola said. Guardiola also gave the latest update on Aymeric Laporte and Ruben D...
Guardiola names Man City’s best signing after 1-0 win against Chelsea
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Guardiola names Man City’s best signing after 1-0 win against Chelsea

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has identifield Gabriel Jesus as one of the club’s best signings. Guardiola said this after Jesus’s impressive display for Man City against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. Jesus scored the only goal for City in their 1-0 win over Thomas Tuchel’s side at Stamford Bridge. “Gabriel is one person or player who deserves the very best,” said Guardiola at his post-match press conference after the game. “He is a guy who runs and works for everyone, and every time he scores I am happiest man. He can play up front in all three positions and he does them all very well. “We know from the past how aggressive Chelsea are in the duels. But you’ve to handle that, at this level. “And Gabriel, he went down, but he got up – and got up to try...
EPL: Guardiola names strong Man City squad to face Chelsea
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EPL: Guardiola names strong Man City squad to face Chelsea

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has named a strong squad to tackle Chelsea in today’s away Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge. Guardiola released a list of 20 players to take on Chelsea, according to Manchester Evening News. Man City heads to the game following a 6-1 win against Wycombe in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, in their last encounter. The Citizens are currently in the fifth position on the Premier League table with 10 points from five matches. Below is Man City’s travelling squad against Chelsea: Goalkeepers: Ederson, Zack Steffen. Defenders: Joao Cancelo, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake. Midfielders: Fernandinho, Romeo Lavia, Rodrigo, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Cole Palmer, Bernardo Silva. Fo...
Chelsea vs Man City: It does not take a miracle to beat Guardiola – Tuchel
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Chelsea vs Man City: It does not take a miracle to beat Guardiola – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has said “it does not take a miracle” to beat Manchester City. Tuchel has defeated Pep Guardiola’s team three consecutive times since he arrived at Stamford Bridge in January. The Blues host City on Saturday three months after beating them in last season’s Champions League final, a victory which followed on from successes in their FA Cup semifinal and a Premier League meeting at Etihad Stadium. Chelsea can move six points clear of the champions with another win. “We have the positive experiences and we know how tough it feels at half-time in the dressing room, how much work we put into it, what kind of input was needed. “We know very well what it takes to have the possibility to win. I have the feeling it does not take a miracl...
Chelsea vs Man City: Head-to-head stats, Owen, Merson, Lawrenson’s verdict on EPL tie
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Chelsea vs Man City: Head-to-head stats, Owen, Merson, Lawrenson’s verdict on EPL tie

Chelsea will host Manchester City in an English Premier League, EPL, tie on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, is yet to lose to Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola as Blues coach since replacing Frank Lampard at the west London club in January, 2021. Tuchel has won all three of his meetings with Guardiola, one victory in the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League triumph. Guardiola’s men are coming for revenge on Saturday as they look to end Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the 2021/22 season. None of the last 12 Premier League fixtures between Chelsea and Man City have been drawn, with Chelsea winning five to Man City’s seven. Chelsea are presently on top of the Premier League table with 13 points from 5 games, while ...
Chelsea vs Man City: We know your dangers – Chalobah sends warning to Guardiola
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Chelsea vs Man City: We know your dangers – Chalobah sends warning to Guardiola

Chelsea defender, Trevoh Chalobah, has warned Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, that the Blues are aware of the dangers his team can cause. Chalobah gave the warning on Friday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s clash with Man City in the Premier League. Chelsea will on Saturday afternoon host Man City at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League clash. But Chalobah, who has been impressive for Chelsea so far this season, warned Guardiola that Thomas Tuchel’s side would be ready for his team Chelsea head to the game after eliminating Aston Villa from the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, while City thrashed Wycombe 6-1. “I think we have done well in big games this season against big opponents and it is another chance for us to go out there and sh...
Guardiola hints on Man City’s tactics for Chelsea clash at Stamford Bridge
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Guardiola hints on Man City’s tactics for Chelsea clash at Stamford Bridge

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said his team will approach their Premier League tie against Chelsea on Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge with the way they tackled Southampton last weekend. Guardiola explained that Man City, who played 0-0 against Southampton, would try to read Chelsea and know what his team has done against Thomas Tuchel’s side recently. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said this on Friday during his pre-match press conference ahead of Man City’s clash with Chelsea. Guardiola’s men head to the game after thrashing Wycombe 6-1 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. “We prepare the game [Chelsea vs Man City] like we prepare Southampton and like before in the previous games,” Guardiola said. “Try to read what they are and what we have don...
Iheanacho: Why Leicester City star failed at Manchester City – Amuneke
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Iheanacho: Why Leicester City star failed at Manchester City – Amuneke

The football icon has disclosed why the striker failed to shine at the Etihad Stadium, while giving him tips on how to continue his impressive form Emmanuel Amuneke has suggested why Kelechi Iheanacho failed to shine during his spell at Manchester City. Following his exploits at the 2013 U-17 World Cup - where led Nigeria to a fourth title and walked home with the Golden Ball and Silver Boot – the striker was signed by the Citizens on a five-year deal. However, he struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s star-studded team which led to his move to Leicester City in 2017 for a reported £25 million fee  
EPL: Why Iheanacho flopped at Man City – Amuneke
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EPL: Why Iheanacho flopped at Man City – Amuneke

Former Nigeria international, Emmanuel Amuneke, has claimed Kelechi Iheanacho failed to shine at Manchester City, because he did not adapt quickly to English football. Iheanacho signed for the Premier League side following his impressive showing at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Nigerian forward won the Golden Ball and Silver Boot at the tournament. However, he struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s side after signing a five-year contract with City. He eventually left for Leicester City in 2017 for a reported £25million fee Before leaving the Etihad Stadium, he scored 21 goals in 64 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions. Amuneke told Tribal Football: “His move to Man City was a good one for him and also for Nigeria. “Probably, there were lots of expectat...
Ronaldo’s mum reveals what player told her about moving to Man City
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Ronaldo’s mum reveals what player told her about moving to Man City

Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, has said her son promised not to join Manchester City this summer. The 36-year-old was heavily linked with a move to City, after he made up his mind to leave Juventus. Pep Guardiola was interested in bringing in Ronaldo, after Sergio Aguero left the Etihad as a free agent to join Barcelona. However, Ronaldo returned to Manchester United, 12 years after he left the club for Real Madrid. His mother has now revealed the conversation they had about the Portugal captain’s future. “On the TV there was talk of Manchester City, but he said to me ‘Mom, don’t worry about what they’re saying because I’m going to Manchester [United],” Aveiro said on the ADN de Leao podcast. “I said I liked that a lot and he pleased me.”...
Liverpool should ‘buy Sterling tomorrow’ but Man Utd would also take him, insists Ferdinand
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Liverpool should ‘buy Sterling tomorrow’ but Man Utd would also take him, insists Ferdinand

A former Old Trafford favourite believes the winger is heading towards a crossroads in his career and could seek a transfer in the new year Liverpool should "buy Raheem Sterling tomorrow" but Manchester United would also take him, insists Rio Ferdinand, who believes the Manchester City star is now in "the wilderness" at the Etihad Stadium Sterling has been a key part of Pep Guardiola's plans since signing for City from Liverpool for £50 million ($68m) back in 2015, helping the club dominate the English football landscape and emerge as genuine contenders in the Champions League. However, the winger has fallen out of favour at the start of the 2021-22 campaign, starting only two of City's opening six games across all competitions, and Ferdinand believes he could end up seeking a tra...
‘We may not see the ball very much’ – Wycombe Wanderers’ Akinfenwa on Manchester City game
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‘We may not see the ball very much’ – Wycombe Wanderers’ Akinfenwa on Manchester City game

The Anglo-Nigerian star reveals what to expect when the League One side visits the Etihad to face Pep Guardiola charges Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has admitted they are not ready to face Manchester City in the early stages of the Carabao Cup. The Anglo-Nigerian will lead the League One side to the Etihad Stadium for their third-round fixture and he expects they will have to do a lot of running on Tuesday night if they are to emerge winners. “In truth, we wanted anyone but City!” Akinfenwa told Manchester City's official website.  
EPL: You’ll regret your decision – Cascarino reveals why Guardiola will not win title
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EPL: You’ll regret your decision – Cascarino reveals why Guardiola will not win title

Former Chelsea striker, Tony Cascarino, has said that Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola is bound to regret some of his decisions this season. According to him, the Spaniard may regret his decision to not sign a striker during the transfer window. He said for this particular reason, the Manchester side will not win the title this season. Speaking on talkSPORT, Cascarino, who watched the defending champions struggle to a 0-0 draw at home with Southampton on Saturday, said, “We can only make that judgment really at the end of the season, but I’ve said all along if you were prepared to pay £100million and a bit more for Harry Kane you definitely wanted a striker. “You think you need one because you made a bid for a striker that didn’t go over the line. “The fact th...
Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season
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Dias to be one of Man City’s five captains this season

Ruben Dias will be one of five Manchester Cty players sharing the captain's armband this season, says manager Pep Guardiola. Dias, who signed a new six-year deal in the summer, joined City from Benfica last year and was a mainstay of Guardiola's defence as he helped the club win the Premier League title. The Portugal defender, named Premier League Player of the Season as well as England's Footballer of the Year in a stellar debut campaign, led the team in Wednesday's 6-3 thrashing of RB Leipzig in the Champions League. Everyone has to be their own leader," Guardiola told the club website on Friday. "Every season we make the selection of captains. The players and backroom staff make the decision.Eleven months and one week we are all here together, and they know who are the bes...
Champions League: Guardiola explains why he screamed at Mahrez during Leipzig wi
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Champions League: Guardiola explains why he screamed at Mahrez during Leipzig wi

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said he was unhappy with Riyad Mahrez for ignoring his half-time instructions during their 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League. It was Guardiola’s 87th victory in the competition, overtaking legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger into third place. The game was also the highest-scoring European game of the Spaniard’s career, with Nathan Ake, Jack Grealish, Joao Cancelo, Gabriel Jesus and Mahrez all getting on the scoresheet. Despite his side netting six goals, in the 63rd minute with City 4-2 ahead, Guardiola called Mahrez over and berated him, screaming in his face. Grealish also received similar treatment from the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss. When asked why he was so unhappy with Mahrez and Grealish, Gua...
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Pique’s relationship with Guardiola ‘changed’ after he dated Shakira & Mourinho rivalry ‘wore him out’

The Barcelona star, one of the few remaining players of the now-Manchester City boss' success-laden reign at Camp Nou, has reflected on their bond Gerard Pique has revealed his relationship with Pep Guardiola "suffered" during their final season together at Barcelona, amid the player's relationship with Shakira and his manager's rivalry with Jose Mourinho. The defender, one of the few players still with the club from the now-Manchester City manager's success-laden time at Camp Nou, says that he now enjoys a fruitful friendship with his old boss a decade on from their final season together. But reflecting on their time together, the veteran centre-back has admitted that he came close to quitting the Blaugrana across a 2011-12 campaign that saw their bond tested by his love life and...
LaLiga: Guardiola wasn’t happy when I started dating Shakira – Gérard Pique
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LaLiga: Guardiola wasn’t happy when I started dating Shakira – Gérard Pique

Barcelona defender, Gérard Pique has revealed that his relationship with Colombian music star, Shakira, had caused problems between him and former manager, Pep Guardiola. Guardiola left Pique behind at Barcelona to join Bayern Munich and is now the Manager at Manchester City. The Spaniard had a success-laden time at Camp Nou with the help of Pique and other top football stars. However, reflecting on their time with Guardiola, Pique admitted that he came close to quitting Barcelona between the 2011 and 2012 campaigns when his bond with Shakira was tested. “We reached an important point of tension with him and with the dressing room in general,” Pique told La Sotana. “The rivalry with Jose Mourinho was very exhausting. Pep wanted absolute control of everything that happened....
I’ll happily hand over Spain national team to you – Enrique tells Guardiola
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I’ll happily hand over Spain national team to you – Enrique tells Guardiola

Spain coach, Luis Enrique has said that he would happily hand over the national team to Pep Guardiola. Enrique said he would hand the role over to the current Manchester City manager if he (Guardiola) wanted the job. Speaking ahead of Spain’s World Cup qualifying game against Kosovo on Wednesday, Enrique told reporters “I’d love that, I wish [Guardiola] was the Spain coach. I’d love it – it would be perfect. “What’s more, I’d love to see our national team with his stamp on them. “I don’t think Spain could have a better coach.” Enrique led Spain to the semi-final of the Euro 2020 where they suffered a penalty shootout heartache against eventual winners Italy. They are now back on the road to Qatar 2022, with some new faces being added to the pot alongside e...
Gerard Pique Reveals his Relationship with Pep Guardiola changed when he Started Dating Shakira
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Gerard Pique Reveals his Relationship with Pep Guardiola changed when he Started Dating Shakira

Barcelona captain, Gerard Pique has opened up on the pressure of playing under Pep Guardiola at the club and how he changed towards him when he started dating superstar singer, Shakira. Pique and Guardiola enjoyed a successful time at the LaLiga giants between 2008 and 2012, winning three LaLiga titles, two Champions League trophies together at a time when Barcelona and Real Madrid were at the top of their games. Speaking about how strenuous working under Guardiola can be, he claimed the coach's rivalry with then-Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was tiring for the players - to the point that he started targeting him when he started dating pop star, Shakira, at the start of 2011. Pique also claimed that Guardiola tried to 'control everything' and nearly forced him out of the Ca...
Why Man City turned down Opportunity to Sign Chelsea star
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Why Man City turned down Opportunity to Sign Chelsea star

It has been revealed that Manchester City turned down the chance to sign Saul Niguez from Atletico Madrid before Chelsea did. The Spain international eventually joined Chelsea on loan on transfer deadline day with an option to make the deal permanent for £30m at the end of the season. According to Daily Star, Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola was not interested in bringing Saul to his squad, so the deal was rejected. According to the newspaper, Guardiola’s side were approached by Atletico Madrid, who proposed a swap involving Bernardo Silva in a player-plus-cash move. But the deal was of no interest to Man City as they were looking for £40m for Silva. And this made it very easy for Chelsea to get their own deal done and now Saul will be competing for a plac...
‘I need to change games like De Bruyne’ – Grealish admits to feeling pressure over £100m price tag at Man City
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‘I need to change games like De Bruyne’ – Grealish admits to feeling pressure over £100m price tag at Man City

The midfielder has opened up on the weight of expectation that comes with being the most expensive player in English football Jack Grealish has insisted that he needs to change games like Kevin de Bruyne at Manchester City, while admitting to feeling pressure over his £100 million ($138m) price tag. City broke the British transfer record to prise Grealish away from Aston Villa at the start of August, tying him down to a lucrative six-year contract. The 25-year-old made his debut for Pep Guardiola's side in their Community Shield defeat to Leicester, and has since started all three of their Premier League fixtures at the start of the new season, but he hasn't been completely satisfied with his performances.
‘Arteta knows how I love him’ – Guardiola defends Arsenal boss after Man City thrash Gunners
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‘Arteta knows how I love him’ – Guardiola defends Arsenal boss after Man City thrash Gunners

Three losses in three matches have put the red contingent of north London on edge Pep Guardiola defended managerial counterpart Mikel Arteta after Manchester City thrashed Arsenal 5-0 on Saturday. Guardiola, who had Arteta on his coaching staff for several years, said "Arteta knows how I love him" and pointed out the Gunners are competing without numerous first-choice players amid an injury crisis. However, the lopsided result has cast further doubt on Arteta's job security at Emirates Stadium as Arsenal are now without a win in their opening three Premier League matches this campaign.
Man City vs Arsenal: Guardiola speaks on Arteta getting sacked after 5-0 defeat
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Man City vs Arsenal: Guardiola speaks on Arteta getting sacked after 5-0 defeat

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said there will always be rumours about coaches at big clubs getting sacked. Guardiola stated this when asked about Mikel Arteta’s future at Arsenal, following a 5-0 loss to the Premier League champions on Saturday. The result means the Gunners are yet to win or score in their first three league fixtures of the new campaign. “We know our job in the big clubs there are always rumours when you don’t win. “He helped me a lot to achieve what we achieved together. I learned a lot, he taught me many, many things. What we have at Man City now is thanks to him,” Guardiola said. The City boss also claimed that Arsenal had tough fixtures to begin the season with and backed his former assistant to bounce back. “When you fac...
Ex-Chelsea star reveals why Guardiola dumped Cristiano Ronaldo deal
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Ex-Chelsea star reveals why Guardiola dumped Cristiano Ronaldo deal

Former Chelsea star Frank Leboeuf has suggested why Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, ended talks to sign Juventus superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo. Until Friday afternoon, Manchester City were in pole position to acquire the services of the Portugal international from Juventus. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri had announced on Friday that Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving the Italian giants. Frank told ESPN that Ronaldo’s age and also being a Real Madrid legend, must have discouraged Guardiola from.going ahead with the deal. ‘My question mark is more tactically. I’m surprised Guardiola would want a player of this age and also a former player from Real Madrid. “But also he just signed Grealish. I think Ronaldo loves to go to the space on the left even if he can play as a stri...
Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches
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Guardiola expects no new signings at Man City as transfer deadline approaches

The £100 million British transfer record signing of Jack Grealish is set to be the Premier League champions only major deal of the summer Pep Guardiola doesn't expect any more incomings or outgoings at Manchester City as the transfer deadline approaches. City are short of a striker after missing out on top target Harry Kane, who will remain at Tottenham, while they also pulled the plug on a move for Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Several players, including Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte, have been linked with moves away from the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola is expecting to have the same squad after the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.
‘Ronaldo will decide his future’ – Guardiola expects Man City squad to stay the same amid striker talks
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‘Ronaldo will decide his future’ – Guardiola expects Man City squad to stay the same amid striker talks

Sources have told Goal the Citizens spoke with the Ballon d'Or winner after missing out on Harry Kane, but the manager would not be drawn Pep Guardiola says Cristiano Ronaldo will decide his future amid Manchester City's interest in the Juventus forward. The Premier League club have had talks about signing Ronaldo after missing out on top target Harry Kane, who decided to stay with Tottenham Hotspur, sources have told Goal. However, the City boss said that he expects his squad to stay the same with the transfer deadline just four days away.  
Guardiola reveals when he will leave Man City, next job
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Guardiola reveals when he will leave Man City, next job

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has claimed he will leave at the end of his current contract. Guardiola also revealed that he will try his hands in coaching a national team. The 50-year-old signed a new deal in November which keeps him at City until the end of the 2022/2023 season. By that time, Guardiola would have spent seven full seasons at the Etihad, making it his longest stint at any one club. Guardiola, speaking an XP Investimentos event on Wednesday, admitted he must “take a break” from the rigours of Premier League management Asked where his next role would be, the Spaniard said: “A national team, yes. Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility. A national team is the next step. “I must take a break after seven years (at ...
Manchester City draw third-tier Wycombe in Carabao Cup third round as they begin bid for another title
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Manchester City draw third-tier Wycombe in Carabao Cup third round as they begin bid for another title

Pep Guardiola's men have won the competition four times in a row entering this season, and will face League One opposition first up Manchester City have drawn third-tier Wycombe as their third-round Carabao Cup opponent as they look to win the competition for a fifth straight time. Pep Guardiola's men have at least on paper a more favourable draw than rivals Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, who each must face a top-flight side. The third round will take place in late September, with official dates for each match yet to be announced.  
Guardiola gives Condition to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo for Man City
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Guardiola gives Condition to Sign Cristiano Ronaldo for Man City

Manchester City will only sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus, if manager Pep Guardiola allows Raheem Sterling to leave, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio. Ronaldo is believed to be very keen on a move to England and wants to sign for City. The 36-year-old is into the last 11 months of his current contract with Juve and is seeking a new challenge. It is understood that Ronaldo might not even consider a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, as he wants to play under Pep Guardiola. Juventus is ready to do a deal if City sends Gabriel Jesus as part of the deal. However, Guardiola will only sanction a move for Ronaldo if Sterling leaves. Sterling currently wears the no.7 shirt that Ronaldo favours for the Premier League champions. ...
Guardiola makes Man City spending admission as Kane transfer talk rages on
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Guardiola makes Man City spending admission as Kane transfer talk rages on

The Blues boss is refusing to be drawn on whether a move will be made for a prolific Tottenham striker, but he is always looking for more talent Pep Guardiola admits that Manchester City have an "obligation" to spend on top talent, but the Blues boss is still refusing to be drawn on whether or not he will move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane before the summer transfer window closes. The reigning Premier League champions find themselves short of a prolific No.9 following the summer departure of the club's all-time leading goalscorer, Sergio Aguero. An approach for Kane is said to have been in the pipeline for a while, amid rumours of City breaking the British transfer record again with another £100 million-plus ($136m) deal, but Guardiola continues to talk around the subject ahead o...
Guardiola rates Jack Grealish’s performance after Man City thrash Norwich 5-0
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Guardiola rates Jack Grealish’s performance after Man City thrash Norwich 5-0

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, was delighted with attacking midfielder Jack Grealish’s display against Norwich City on Saturday. Grealish scored the second goal in Man City’s Premier League 5-0 win against Norwich at Etihad. The England international joined Man City for £100 million from Aston Villa this summer. The 25-year-old joined Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on the scoresheet, while Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul also scored an unfortunate own goal during the encounter. And Guardiola was pleased with the impact of Grealish in his first appearance in front of Man City fans, even though he suggested there was plenty more to come from the player. “Yeah, first step. The first victory for him in our club,” Guardiola said at his post-ma...
Delap signs new Man City contract amid widespread loan interest in rising star
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Delap signs new Man City contract amid widespread loan interest in rising star

The 18-year-old has been rewarded for impressing in the club's academy and making a scoring debut for Pep Guardiola's side Highly-rated Manchester City striker Liam Delap has signed a three-year contract extension, which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2026. The 18-year-old made his first-team debut last season, scoring in the 2-1 Carabao Cup third round victory over Bournemouth before being used as a substitute in the Premier League clash with Leicester City. A number of Championship clubs are keen to take Delap on loan, but with City yet to sign a replacement for Sergio Aguero, his immediate future is set to be at the Etihad Stadium.
Sergio Aguero rejects Barcelona’s No. 10 jersey
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Sergio Aguero rejects Barcelona’s No. 10 jersey

Sergio Aguero has turned down the opportunity to wear Barcelona’s legendary number 10 shirt, according to Sport’s Albert Roger. Aguero, one of Barcelona’s new signings, who wore the exact number for Manchester City before moving to Barcelona in the summer, was told to take the number 10 jersey by second captain Gerard Pique. However, the former Manchester City striker rejected the possibility of taking over the number made vacant by Lionel Messi’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain. Barca’s number 10 jersey has been worn by players such as Diego Maradona, Pep Guardiola, Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Riquelme, Ronaldinho. The brand of Barcelona’s number 10 jersey has become synonymous with Messi and Aguero may have rejected it given all the pressure that comes with the s...
Ex-Super Eagles defender tips Jorginho over Kante for Uefa Player of the Year
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Ex-Super Eagles defender tips Jorginho over Kante for Uefa Player of the Year

The Chelsea stars are up for the prestigious award, and Kingsley Obiekwu reveals why the Italy international is a massive favourite for the prize Jorginho stands a better chance than his Chelsea teammate N'Golo Kante of winning the Uefa Player of the Year award, according to ex-Nigeria international Kingsley Obiekwu. The Blues stars – who played crucial roles in the Stamford Bridge giants’ Champions League triumph – made the final cut alongside Belgium international and Manchester City maestro Kevin De Bruyne, who inspired Pep Guardiola’s Citizens to the Premier League crown. Interestingly, this is the first time in the prize’s 11-year history that the final three shortlists will be midfielders, with the winner set to be announced at the 2021-22 Champions League group-stage draw cer...
UEFA announces final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year [Full list]
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UEFA announces final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year [Full list]

UEFA, on Thursday, announced their final three-man shortlist for Men’s Coach of the Year. They are: Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola, Italy’s Roberto Mancini and Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel. One of the three managers will be named UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year. UEFA made the announcement in a post through their official website. The award winners will be announced at the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony, which will take place on Thursday 26 August at the Haliç Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Guardiola led Man City to win the English Premier League last season, while Mancini won the Euro 2020 with Italy and Tuchel won the Champions League and UEFA Super Cup with Chelsea.
Kane and Man City running out of time to complete record-breaking transfer
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Kane and Man City running out of time to complete record-breaking transfer

Pep Guardiola has made not secret of his desire to sign the Tottenham forward but the Premier League champions are yet to make a breakthrough Harry Kane has seemingly run out of manoeuvres to try to force through the move to Manchester City that he desperately wants. With three years remaining on his current contract, Tottenham cannot be strong-armed into an end-of-window sale for anything less than the £160 million ($220m) they are understood to be demanding. The England striker had few bargaining chips to begin with and the ones he has played have seemingly had no impact on the stance of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.  
Totenham boss Nuno unsure if Man City-linked Kane will be available for Wolves match
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Totenham boss Nuno unsure if Man City-linked Kane will be available for Wolves match

The striker continues to await his season debut as he aims to secure a transfer to Pep Guardiola's side Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo has said he is unsure if Harry Kane will be available to face Wolves on Sunday. Kane, who continues to aim for a transfer to Manchester City, has returned to Spurs training as he awaits his 2021-22 season debut. The England captain will miss out on Thursday's Europa Conference League clash with Pacos de Ferreira, and would miss his second straight league match if he does not feature against Wolves.
Man City star Gundogan to undergo tests on shoulder injury, confirms Guardiola
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Man City star Gundogan to undergo tests on shoulder injury, confirms Guardiola

The Germany midfielder was hurt in the closing stages of the Premier League champions' 1-0 defeat away at Tottenham Manchester City star Ilkay Gundogan is set to undergo tests on a shoulder injury, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. Gundogan played the full 90 minutes of City's 1-0 loss away at Tottenham on Sunday afternoon, but was seen heading down the tunnel with strapping on his shoulder. The Germany international appeared to pick up the injury during a collision with a Spurs player late on, and Guardiola provided an update on his condition.

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