Pep Guardiola

Manchester City to rival Arsenal for Benfica star Alex Grimaldo?

A report claims that Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo is now on Manchester City’s transfer radar, having also been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal. Manchester City are reportedly keeping tabs on Alex Grimaldo and may make a move for the Benfica star at the end of the season. The Citizens are in the market for a new left-back due to concerns over Benjamin Mendy, who has started just 13 Premier League games since joining the club in July 2017. Grimaldo has emerged as a possible target for Pep Guardiola‘s men, having supposedly been watched up close by City scouts in recent weeks. Mundo Deportivo claims that the 23-year-old, boasting four goals and five assists in the Portuguese top flight this season, has caught the Premier League champions’ eye. Arsenal have also bee...

Manchester City team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Newport County

Sports Mole looks at the latest injury and suspension news for Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Newport County. Manchester City will continue their bid for the quadruple when they face Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday evening. Pep Guardiola‘s side had been seven points adrift of leaders Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, but City now find themselves at the top of the standings on goal difference. The North-West giants produced one of their best performances of the season on Sunday as they thrashed Chelsea by a 6-0 scoreline at the Etihad Stadium. City have reached the last 16 of the FA Cup by recording convincing victories over Rotherham United and Burnley. Here, Sports Mole looks at City’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of thei...

Sarri worried as Chelsea are hit for six by City

Maurizio Sarri admitted his concern as Chelsea crashed to their heaviest defeat in almost 28 years and gave an equivocal answer when asked about his future. The Italian’s position as Blues manager is likely to come under further scrutiny after they were routed 6-0 at Manchester City less than two weeks on from a shock 4-0 thumping away to Bournemouth. Sandwiched between those two heavy losses was a 5-0 win over Huddersfield at Stamford Bridge last weekend and Sarri revealed the discrepancy between home and away results has left him bewildered. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was frustrated (Nick Potts/PA) He made an encouraging start to his tenure as Chelsea were unbeaten after their first 12 Premier League matches under him this season, but they have faded out of title contention and now f...

Sarri accepts he is ‘always at risk’ of losing Chelsea job

Maurizio Sarri feels he is “always at risk” of being sacked by Chelsea after watching them succumb to their heaviest defeat in almost 28 years. The pressure intensified on the Italian after Sergio Aguero’s 11th Premier League hat-trick, Raheem Sterling’s double and Ilkay Gundogan’s goal wrapped up an incredible 6-0 win for Manchester City. A miserable day at the Etihad Stadium was Chelsea’s worst result since losing 7-0 to Nottingham Forest in April 1991 and comes less than two weeks after a shock 4-0 hammering at Bournemouth. 0-6 – Chelsea suffered their heaviest defeat in any competition since losing 0-7 to Nottingham Forest in April 1991. Drubbing. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 10, 2019 Sarri made an encouraging start to his tenure as Chelsea were unb...

Guardiola thanks Manchester City players following Chelsea rout

Pep Guardiola hailed his Manchester City players after the champions continued their stunning response to defeat at Newcastle by thrashing Chelsea 6-0. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick – a record-equalling 11th in the Premier League – as City powered back to the top of the Premier League by demolishing Maurizio Sarri’s men at the Etihad Stadium. The victory was City’s third in the space of eight days since a surprise defeat at St James’ Park, with Arsenal and Everton having also been brushed aside. “Pressure does not exist, all we can do is play like a team. If we don’t win, we’ll try again next season. I demand the players do their best” – Pep Guardiola#MCICHE pic.twitter.com/I9QjLgQkq1 — Premier League (@premierleague) February 10, 2019 Guardiola, whose side lead Liverpool at...

Pep Guardiola: ‘Manchester City struggling to find Fernandinho replacement’

Pep Guardiola says that it is proving difficult finding a player to provide back-up for Fernandinho, who he believes can operate in central defence more frequently. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has admitted that “it is not easy” to find a replacement midfielder for Fernandinho. The Brazil international has started 30 matches for the Citizens this term, 24 of those in the Premier League, and his absence was felt when sitting out the defeats to Leicester City and Crystal Palace in December. Guardiola has been seeking a back-up option over the past year, but the Catalan has missed out on top targets Jorginho, Frenkie de Jong and Fred. Lyon ace Tanguy Ndombele is reportedly the next name on City’s list, though Guardiola says that it is difficult finding the right pla...

Win over Chelsea will prove our title credentials – Guardiola

Pep Guardiola believes Sunday’s clash against Chelsea will prove whether Manchester City are back on track in the title race or not. City won the Premier League by a record margin last season but are involved in a tighter battle with Liverpool this time, while Spurs cannot be discounted. City are bidding to become the first side to retain the Premier League in a decade (Martin Rickett/PA) City have already lost four games – twice as many as last term – but given the difficulties teams have had in retaining the title in recent years,  Guardiola feels his side are very well placed. Now he wants City to build on that to become the first team to win back-to-back league crowns in a decade. Guardiola said: “I have known in the last five or six years the position where the champions will be the y...

Sarri wants Jorginho to be great dictator against Manchester City

Maurizio Sarri wants Jorginho to show his credentials as Chelsea’s great dictator in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Manchester City. Both City and Sarri’s Chelsea like to dominate possession, with central playmaker Jorginho key to the Blues’ style and substance. That is where Sarri believes the match will be decided, rather than by the likes of Eden Hazard and Gonzalo Higuain for the visitors, or Sergio Aguero and company for the hosts. Sarri said: “It will be really very difficult to be in control of the match. The match is there (in midfield), more than in the strikers.” The contest between Manchester City’s Fernandinho and Jorginho of Chelsea could be decisive on Sunday (Adam Davy/PA) Jorginho has made the most passes in the Premier League this season (2,219; no assists), while Fernan...

Sarri worry over inconsistent Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri has expressed hope, rather than conviction, that Chelsea will be at their best at Manchester City on Sunday. There has been a nine-goal swing in Chelsea’s last two performances. A 4-0 loss at Bournemouth – Chelsea’s worst in the Premier League since September 1996 – was followed by a 5-0 win over bottom club Huddersfield. Chelsea’s formation and tactics under Sarri have been predictable – a 4-3-3 line-up, focused on possession – but the results and performances have been anything but. Full-time: Chelsea 5-0 Huddersfield! Two apiece for @G_Higuain and @hazardeden10, and a @DavidLuiz_4 header get the Blues back on track. 💪#CHEHUD pic.twitter.com/nzdb4gweNS — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 2, 2019 “In the last match, we reacted really very well,”...

Guardiola hails ‘special’ Aguero with striker set to break another City record

Pep Guardiola has hailed the enduring class of Sergio Aguero as the striker nears another Manchester City goalscoring milestone. The Argentinian, with 157 league goals, is one short of equalling the club record held jointly by Tommy Johnson and Eric Brook. Aguero, 30, is already the club’s overall record scorer, having powered on to 219 since surpassing Brook’s previous best mark of 177 last season. Aguero scored a hat-trick, his 14th for City, against Arsenal last weekend (Nick Potts/PA) City manager Guardiola said: “The big players need to appear in the key games, the big moments, and he did it. Hopefully he can continue doing it. In the big games we need important players. “(It is) not (Maurizio) Sarri, Pep, Jurgen (Klopp) or any manager. This game belongs to the...

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero’s record vs. Chelsea

Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League showdown between Manchester City and Chelsea, Sports Mole looks at Sergio Aguero’s past record against the Blues. Manchester City sit at the summit of the Premier League table once again following Wednesday night’s win over Everton, but that could change by the time they host Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. With Liverpool in action on Saturday – and with a game in hand – the title race is still ultimately out of the champions’ hands, so Pep Guardiola will know that every game is a must-win one from hereon in. Sunday provides the opportunity for City to exact revenge on Chelsea, who inflicted the first defeat of the season on last term’s centurions in the reverse fixture. Sergio Aguero is likely to be integr...

Guardiola left confused over Mendy whereabouts

Benjamin Mendy caused confusion over his whereabouts by claiming he was in Hong Kong on Friday. The Manchester City defender, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, posted a short video of himself on his Instagram account in which he seemed to tag himself in at Hong Kong International Airport. The Frenchman later claimed he was only joking, but not until after he had caught his manager Pep Guardiola by surprise. Guardiola was bemused by a Mendy Instagram post suggesting he could be in Hong Kong #MCFC pic.twitter.com/wNrZeuYDUh — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) February 8, 2019 Guardiola was told of the posting as he held a press conference later in the day to preview the champions’ Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday. Mendy had been in Barcelona on Thursday for assessment on hi...

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