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Pep Guardiola hits back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘fouling’ claims

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hit back at suggestions from his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he might condone ‘tactical fouling’. The United manager said he expected City to “snap at their heels” and foul his side in Wednesday’s crunch Premier League derby at Old Trafford. Solskjaer is not the first United boss to have claimed City might strategically foul opponents high up the pitch to prevent counter-attacks, with his predecessor Jose Mourinho having mentioned it last season. Guardiola wasn’t too impressed by suggestions from Solskjaer that his side commit tactical fouls #MCFC pic.twitter.com/S2d3NoGzoN — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 23, 2019 “When we win it we have got to be ready for their aggression because they will snap at your ankles an...

Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid in for Bernardo Silva?

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva emerges as a rumoured summer transfer target for European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Manchester City reportedly risk losing Bernardo Silva to a European rival after missing out on Champions League success this season. The Citizens suffered an away-goals defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals, ending their hopes of landing an unprecedented quadruple. Spanish outlet Don Balon suggests that Pep Guardiola has lost credit with his bosses and the club may now have to rethink which players stay on. Bernardo has been a shining light for City this term, but the report indicates that he may be one of those to make way as Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are prepared to spend big to secure his signature. PSG will allegedly offer the P...

Pep Guardiola hails “special” Phil Foden

Pep Guardiola recognised Phil Foden was destined for stardom the day he arrived at Manchester City. The highly-rated 18-year-old academy graduate further underlined his huge potential with the winning goal in title-chasing City’s tense but crucial 1-0 victory over Tottenham on Saturday. Foden has been spoken of in glowing terms at City for some time but his introduction to the first team, due to an abundance of quality in the squad, has been gradual. Phil Foden was City’s match-winner on Saturday (Martin Rickett/PA) Just two of his 12 Premier League appearances this season have been starts but the decision to field him from the beginning against Spurs – in such an important game and in place of David Silva – was potentially significant. “This guy is special,” said C...

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Manchester City to hand John Stones a new contract?

Manchester City are set to hand central defender John Stones a new contract, according to a report. Manchester City are reportedly set to hand John Stones a new contract at the Etihad Stadium. Stones, 24, has made over 100 appearances for the Citizens since a 2016 move from Everton. The England international has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season, but has begun five of City’s last six matches on the bench with Pep Guardiola preferring other options at the back. Stones has a contract with City until the summer of 2022, but according to The Mirror, the Premier League champions are preparing to hand the centre-back a new deal to show that he is still a part of the club’s future. The former Barnsley youngster, who helped England reach the semi-finals of the 2018 Wo...

Manchester City team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Manchester United

Sports Mole rounds up Manchester City’s latest injury and suspension news ahead of Wednesday’s make-or-break derby against Manchester United. Arguably the biggest match of the Premier League season so far takes place on Wednesday evening as title-chasing Manchester City make the short trip across town to face Manchester United at Old Trafford. City are locked in a topsy-turvy title tussle with Liverpool, but ultimately have the fate of the trophy in their own hands and will once again be crowned champions of England if they win all of their remaining games. Wednesday’s match looks to be their toughest remaining assignment on paper, though, and they face a United side also in need of a victory to boost their own top-four hopes. Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest injury...

Pep Guardiola confirms Kevin De Bruyne hamstring injury

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is waiting to find out the severity of Kevin De Bruyne‘s injury suffered in the 1-0 win over Tottenham. The Belgium midfielder, only recently back from a knee problem, limped off in the first half at the Etihad Stadium as City returned to the top of the Premier League and gained revenge on Spurs following their Champions League exit in midweek. Phil Foden, on just his second Premier League start, scored the only goal of the game just five minutes in. PEP 💬 (On @DeBruyneKev‘s injury) I didn’t speak with him or the doctors but it’s a muscular injury. I don’t know how big the impact is. We will see tomorrow but I think the next game he will be out.#MCITOT 🔵 #mancity — Manchester City (@ManCity) April 20, 2019 The matches keep...

Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus to ask to leave Manchester City?

Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are reportedly among a number of players who may be prepared to request an exit from Manchester City. Manchester City have allegedly been left facing the prospect of dealing with a number of transfer requests. Pep Guardiola‘s side were eliminated from the Champions League in midweek, but City are still able to complete a domestic treble by the end of the season. However, according to El Chiringuito, Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are among as many as eight players who are considering their futures at the Etihad Stadium. Both players have made important contributions during the current campaign, but the duo have been in and out of Guardiola’s starting lineup in the Premier League and Champions League. The report suggests that the pair have been left un...

Inter Milan keen on Manchester City defender Danilo?

Inter Milan reportedly express an interest in signing Manchester City defender Danilo during the summer transfer window. Manchester City defender Danilo has reportedly emerged as a summer transfer target for Inter Milan. Danilo is nearing the end of his second campaign at the Etihad Stadium, but the full-back has only established himself as a squad player under Pep Guardiola. The Brazil international has made just 32 appearances in the Premier League, and it appears that the 27-year-old is already attracting interest ahead of the upcoming transfer window. According to Sky Sport Italia, Inter have moved to open talks for the player as they look to strengthen their backline ahead of the next campaign. The report claims that Inter are willing to pay as much as €22m (£19.04m), but City may loo...

Pep Guardiola ‘held clear-the-air talks with players’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reportedly arranged a meeting the day after his side’s Champions League exit in an attempt to pick up his players for the run-in. Pep Guardiola reportedly held clear-the-air talks with his Manchester City players in an attempt to save their treble bid. The Citizens’ hopes of claiming a clean sweep of trophies were ended by Tottenham Hotspur in midweek as they crashed out of the Champions League 4-4 on away goals. City’s stars were left crushed by the manner of their defeat, having had a late goal ruled out for offside by VAR, and they have just three days to pick themselves up ahead of today’s Premier League showdown against the same opponents. According to The Sun, Guardiola arranged a meeting the day after the European loss to...

Mauricio Pochettino: ‘Manchester City will not be after revenge’

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is determined to further derail Manchester City‘s season when the two clubs meet again on Saturday – but he acknowledges how tough it will be. Spurs ended City’s quadruple bid when they sealed a dramatic away-goals win in the Champions League on Wednesday night and they could deliver a massive blow to their Premier League title hopes in the lunchtime kick-off. City boss Pep Guardiola has previously said his side need to win all of their remaining games if they are to retain their title and they will go back to the top of the pile if they beat Spurs. Guardiola believes the hurt from Wednesday’s extraordinary game will serve as motivation, but Pochettino has denied City will be out for revenge. “Not revenge,” he said. “Fo...

Pep Guardiola vows to compete for quadruple again next season

Pep Guardiola will launch another attempt to win the quadruple with Manchester City next season. City’s bid to win four trophies – a feat never achieved in English football – came to an agonising end as Tottenham edged them out in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final in midweek. Manchester City suffered an agonising Champions League loss to Tottenham (Martin Rickett/PA) They now switch focus back to the Premier League but their battle for top spot with Liverpool remains tight as they prepare for another critical clash with Spurs at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Liverpool and Spurs may have been helped in their challenges in these competitions by early exits from one or both of the domestic cup competitions. Yet if that is the case Guardiola, who has guided City to Carabao Cup...

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