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Reports suggest Man City interest in Thiago Alcantara
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Reports suggest Man City interest in Thiago Alcantara

Manchester City are reportedly ready to make a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara and the coach Hans-Dieter Flick has admitted that he believes that a Premier League move must be the next step for the Spaniard. Thiago has one year left on his contract with the Bundesliga giants and has told the club he would like to leave this summer for a new challenge.  He has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League champions Liverpool but it is understood that although Klopp admires the 29-year-old, a move is not likely till they let go of a key player in their midfield. Liverpool are discussing with Georgino Wijnaldum and are yet to agree terms with the Dutchman for a new contract as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract. However, it is unlikely that t...
La Liga President – Man City breached FFP rules, CAS is dead
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La Liga President – Man City breached FFP rules, CAS is dead

La Liga president Javier Tebas has made claims that many people involved in European football are convinced that Manchester City breached UEFA financial fair play rules. He also went on to assert that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) is dead after the Citizens' successful appeal against a two-year ban from the UEFA Champions League. It can be recalled that the 57-year-old Spaniard, on Monday, was accused of being jealous of the Premier League by Manchester City boss and fellow Spaniard Pep Guardiola after City's sanction was overturned. The Manchester outfit has been cleared to participate in the UCL next season. Tebas has hit back at criticisms in a chat with ESPN. He said: “We all know what City do. When they were punished (by Uefa originally), there was no surprise amon...
Kelvin Phillips urges Stones to quit City and join Newcastle
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Kelvin Phillips urges Stones to quit City and join Newcastle

Kelvin Phillips has advised John Stones to consider a move to Newcastle United this summer, seeing he has fallen down the pecking order and out-of-favor under Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. John Stones has been limited in his appearances for the Citizens this season with just 12 in the Premier League, with 10 of those being starts. The England international has been fit and raring to go for the majority of the season except during a one-month period between September and October.  However, he has been omitted from the squad in a good number of important games by the Spaniard. READ: Two top European clubs trying to sign Jorginho, says Agent This development has resulted in speculations and doubts about his future at the Etihad.  Therefore, Phillips has urged the cente...
Messi hasn’t been good as he was under Guardiola, says Ten Hag
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Messi hasn’t been good as he was under Guardiola, says Ten Hag

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has claimed that Barcelona star Lionel Messi has not reached the same level since Pep Guardiola left the club in 2012. Guardiola became Barcelona manager in 2008 and led the team to major successes including 3 La Liga title wins, 2 Copa del Rey triumphs, and 2 UEFA Champions League triumphs. Lionel Messi was phenomenal in those seasons, winning the Ballon d'Or in four consecutive years between 2009 and 2012. Messi scored 50 goals in 37 La Liga games in Guardiola's final season in charge, precisely the 2011/12 season. Since his departure, the Catalans have won the UCL just once in eight seasons with Messi emerging victoriously in the Ballon d'Or awards just twice in that period. CHECK OUT FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS FOR 8TH MAY 2020 Ten Hag expressed the beli...
Fabregas names best managers he’s worked with, excludes Guardiola
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Fabregas names best managers he’s worked with, excludes Guardiola

Cesc Fabregas has excluded Pep Guardiola from the list of the best managers he's worked with, although the likes of Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger made the cut. The Spaniard rose to the limelight at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger after leaving Barcelona's La Masia as a 16-year-old. He returned to Barcelona in 2011 in a deal worth £35million. On his return to the Camp Nou under Guardiola, he was offered his preferred no.4 shirt and impressed alongside Lionel Messi, scoring 10 goals and providing 9 assists in the 2011/12 campaign. Despite his contribution to the side, he became a bit-part player under Guardiola in subsequent seasons before moving to Chelsea in 2014 under the management of Jose Mourinho. He excelled at Chelsea by winning two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and a League...
Solskjaer pleased with Fernandes after confrontation with Guardiola
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Solskjaer pleased with Fernandes after confrontation with Guardiola

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with Bruno Fernandes' character during the Manchester Derby on Sunday despite the player's brief confrontation with Man City boss Pep Guardiola. Fernandes played his part in a 2 nil win against their city rivals by assisting Anthony Martial for the opener with a quick free-kick. He appeared to delight the Old Trafford faithful the more when he confronted Guardiola. Man United were preparing for a throw-in when Guardiola threw the ball away and the pair engaged in a heated conversation. The Portuguese appeared to 'shush' Guardiola and the gesture seemed to ask the City boss to relax before play restarted. The footage of the incident has since gone viral on social media and Solskjaer has revealed that he was pleased with the at...
Guardiola hopeful City’s UCL ban will be overturned after seeing proof
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Guardiola hopeful City’s UCL ban will be overturned after seeing proof

Pep Guardiola is confident that Manchester City can take their fight against their expulsion from the UEFA Champions League to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Citizens have claimed to have irrefutable evidence that supports their case and are appealing against the two-year ban from Europe's elite club competition due to Finacial Fair Play breaches. Guardiola who reiterated his commitment to the club last week revealed that he has seen this evidence and is strongly backing the fight against the UEFA-imposed ban. He said: “We were under suspicion for a long time but we have the right to appeal. I trust the people in my club. They have explained the reasons and shown me arguments and the proof, and we are optimistic that finally if we deserve to be in the Champions League next s...
De Bruyne admits his fears amid Man City’s UCL ban
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De Bruyne admits his fears amid Man City’s UCL ban

Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will be seen as failures if they fail in their aspiration to win the UEFA Champions League this season. The Citizens head to the Santiago Bernabeu to face Real Madrid in the first leg of their R16 tie on Wednesday. This is coming amid the possible two-year ban that has been handed to the side by UEFA after serious breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations. Man City are appealing against the ruling although this could be their last chance to win the UCL under Pep Guardiola. The UCL title is a priority at the Etihad but has been very difficult for them to come by. "If we don't win it [the Champions League] everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years!" he said. READ: Klopp names Liverpool’s ...
The pressure is on City in Champions League bid
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The pressure is on City in Champions League bid

Manchester City are under more pressure than ever before to win the Champions League having surrendered their Premier League crown to Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s men were outstanding for the past two seasons in the English top-flight, winning the title with a level of excellence not seen in the Premier League era. However, the Spaniard has watched his side fail three times on the bounce in Europe and he will be feeling the heat more than most to deliver the Champions League crown. It is one of the few criticisms that have been levied against Guardiola. Since his departure from Barcelona, he has not been able to win the ultimate prize in Europe during his time with Bayern Munich, and his four years at the Etihad Stadium. Given Liverpool’s exploits by triumphing in Europe after failing ...
Guardiola believes he could be sacked if City lose to Madrid in the UCL
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Guardiola believes he could be sacked if City lose to Madrid in the UCL

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City will face Real Madrid in the round of 16 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League. They'll travel to the Bernabeu for the first leg of the encounter on February 26. Man City have never progressed to the final of the competition and have also not reached the last four since Pep Guardiola took charge at the Etihad. They currently sit 22 points behind Liverpool in the Premier League and will now focus on their European exertions. Regardless, the Spaniard has admitted that it won't be easy to triumph due to his side's lack of historic Champions League experience. “That’s why it is so difficult to win it. And in 100 and more seasons of history for Manchester City, it was 100 seasons of failure – that is not true,” he told Football Daily. “There are many i...