Sohail Speaks Yasir's Blog Fazeer's Focus

User Tag List

Results 1 to 29 of 29
  1. #1
    Debut
    Sep 2018
    Runs
    2,265
    Mentioned
    35 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)

    Manchester City | 2019/20 Season

    Man City beat Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos in friendly

    Kevin de Bruyne scored one goal and made another as Manchester City finished their tour of Asia with a 3-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan.

    Belgium midfielder De Bruyne put City ahead with a ferocious shot before Keita Endo levelled after Claudio Bravo had denied Marcos Junior.

    However, the Premier League champions took control when De Bruyne fed Raheem Sterling to score his fourth tour goal.

    German substitute Lukas Nmecha bundled home the third in the closing stages.

    De Bruyne was limited to just 11 Premier League starts during an injury-interrupted 2018-19 season.

    City return to England to prepare for a game with Liverpool in the Community Shield at Wembley on 4 August on the back of three wins in four games in Asia.

    Despite the scoreline, they were given a stern test by Yokohama, who sit second in Japan's J-League.

    Boss Pep Guardiola, who named a strong starting line-up featuring 62.8m club record signing Rodri, said afterwards his side needed "time" as they prepare for a season in which they hope to win a third consecutive title for the first time.

    City start their Premier League campaign on 10 August at West Ham, and Guardiola added: "Many of the basics are good but we need more games to take the best conditions.

    "It was an incredible test for us, incredibly demanding because of the conditions and the quality of the opponent."

    Manchester City XI: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, de Bruyne, Silva, Bernardo, Sane, Sterling.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49138080
    Last edited by The Viper; 28th July 2019 at 00:33.

  2. #2
    Debut
    Sep 2018
    Runs
    2,265
    Mentioned
    35 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Manchester City won the Community Shield on penalties after edging Liverpool in an entertaining game in front of a raucous Wembley.

    Georginio Wijnaldum's penalty was saved by Claudio Bravo with Gabriel Jesus scoring the winning kick.

    The meeting between two outstanding sides did not disappoint.

    City's Raheem Sterling finally scored his first goal against his old club when he turned home David Silva's flick-on from close range.

    The woodwork was hit three times in quick succession in the second half, as Sterling struck the post with a one on one, Virgil van Dijk shot against the underside of the bar and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah hit a post.

    The Reds were level when Joel Matip headed home from Van Dijk's cross.

    At that stage, Liverpool were the most likely team to win with Salah having at least three chances - most remarkably when his header was sensationally cleared off the line by a Kyle Walker bicycle kick.

    And so the game went straight to penalties with City scoring all of theirs.

    A game whose competitive status is often questioned - and might end up meaning little as the season goes on - was nonetheless an entertaining start to the top-level season. A curtain-raiser if you will.

    City start season with more silverware

    Manchester City started the game with no recognised striker and Sterling playing up front. That only lasted 13 minutes, because an injury to Bayern Munich target Leroy Sane meant Jesus was brought on. Sane was fit enough to later climb the Wembley steps and collect his medal.

    By the time he has departed, City were ahead, with Sterling netting during a period they were down to 10 men.

    Kevin de Bruyne, who missed a large portion of last season through injury, was majestic - especially in the first half - with a big hand in the opening goal.

    The Belgian found David Silva, who knocked the ball on for Sterling to blast home. His shot was straight at Alisson, but hit with such venom from close range he could not keep it out

    City definitely flagged after the break, but they could still have scored more with Sterling hitting the post after Jesus stepped over a David Silva through ball.

    And then he really should have done better after being sent through again, this time by Walker, but he stumbled when trying to go round Alisson.

    Debutant Rodri, playing the Fernandinho role as a sitting midfielder, was solid for the most part, doing the simple things well without making any headline-making passes.

    But he was caught daydreaming once as Salah took the ball off him but Bravo - who was excellent in his first appearance since last year's Community Shield - was off his line quickly to stop the Egyptian.

    One slight change to the way City played saw Bravo play short goal-kicks in his box to Nicolas Otemendi, taking advantage of the new laws this summer which passing teams like City and Liverpool are likely to utilise.

    They were perhaps lucky the game went straight to penalties and not extra time, with Liverpool in the ascendancy once they had equalised.

    But City start the season - as they started last year - with the Community Shield.

    Liverpool pay for missed chances

    Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said before the game he was surprised the Community Shield is not taken more seriously - and went on to question what the point of holding the game even was.

    It was the first of seven competitions Liverpool take part in this season, with their Premier League opener against Norwich on Friday followed by the Uefa Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.

    Klopp, despite his reservations about the game, named the strongest team he could - including nine of the XI who started the Champions League final in June.


    Matip heads in from a free-kick to equalise for Liverpool
    Divock Origi might have been their unlikely hero last season, but Sadio Mane he is not. The Senegal forward returns to training on Monday after his Africa Cup of Nations final heartbreak. And Origi lacked the killer edge on the left side of the front three.

    Roberto Firmino and Salah - who both played less than one pre-season friendly each after summer internationals - looked sharp without scoring.

    Firmino's volley after a good turn was well saved and Salah should have done better twice after Zinchenko errors.

    Liverpool looked a better team after the break though - with 64.3% possession and 13 shots to City's three in the second half.

    Van Dijk - one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Fifa Best award last week - was so unlucky not to equalise when the Dutchman's's shot went over Bravo but hit the underside of the bar and bounced onto the line.

    But he did set up Matip's equaliser after City failed to sufficiently clear Jordan Henderson's free-kick.

    Salah really should have won the game for Liverpool. One shot looped off Zinchenko and hit the roof of the net, before he took advantage of Rodri's mistake only to be denied by Bravo.

    And the big moment was when he had a shot saved by Bravo, but turned the rebound over the keeper into what appeared to be an empty net before the fantastic intervention of Walker.

    On to penalties it went and Bravo's save from Wijnaldum was the difference.

    What can we read into the Community Shield?

    It is probably foolhardy to draw too many conclusions into the game.

    City and Liverpool produced one of the great title races last season, with Guardiola's side beating Klopp's by 98 points to 97.

    Another great battle is expected, and there is no doubt this is now a big rivalry, a new 'derby' between two of Europe's great sides.

    Before the game there were the usual mind games by the managers, barbs about spending from Klopp that Guardiola did not appreciate.

    Both clubs' anthems - You'll Never Walk Alone and Blue Moon - were passionately and deafeningly booed by the opposition fans.

    Catalan Guardiola got so animated at giving instructions at one stage during a break in play that he came onto the pitch and got shown a yellow card, one of football's new laws this summer.

    But in terms of the football itself, many players were missing full fitness after shortened pre-seasons. The Copa America, Africa Cup of Nations and Uefa Nations League finals have all been this summer.

    Sergio Aguero, Mane and Ederson were among the men who will come back into their respective teams. And fitness levels too will improve as the season goes on.

    'No team can dominate for 90 minutes'

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on BT Sport: "An incredible final from both sides, no team can dominate for 90 minutes. We had real good moments, in the last 15 minutes we were exhausted and they had chances to win the game.

    "It was a good test for both teams. It's nice for the players to realise what they will face this season. At this level the difference is nothing. One penalty, one point.

    "United will be back, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea...I don't know what will happen."

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on BT Sport: "Wow, it was a really good performance, a powerful one in the second half. Both teams had a similar pre-season, I spoke to Kevin de Bruyne after the game and we both said we don't really know where we are yet.

    "The least we deserved was the equaliser, one save decided it and I cannot be disappointed today. The performance was much more important today than a win. We know we are still here, we can still play proper football."

    VVD finally beaten - the key stats

    Manchester City have won the Community Shield for a sixth time and are the first side to retain the trophy since Arsenal in August 2015.

    City are the first side to win the Community Shield having won both the Premier League and the FA Cup in the previous season since Arsenal in August 2002 (beating Liverpool 1-0).
    Including penalty shootout defeats, only Manchester United and Chelsea (nine each) have ended up on the losing side on more occasions in the Community Shield final than Liverpool (seven - level with Arsenal).

    In all competitions, Man City have won just two of their last 13 meetings with Liverpool (D4 L7), however they are unbeaten in their last three games against the Reds (W1 D2).

    Raheem Sterling's opener for Manchester City was his first goal against his former side Liverpool in what was his 11th appearance against them across all competitions.

    Virgil van Dijk was dribbled past for the first time in his last 65 competitive appearances (by Gabriel Jesus) for Liverpool, since Mikel Merino did so for Newcastle in March 2018.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49141690

  3. #3
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez was left out of Sunday's Community Shield because of concerns over medicine he was given by the Algeria medical team, says boss Pep Guardiola.

    Mahrez returned to training on Friday after captaining his country to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations in July.

    But he missed the penalty-shootout win over Liverpool through fears he could fall foul of doping rules.

    "The doctors did not have exactly the medicines," said Guardiola.

    "Riyad called me just after being (crowned) champion with Algeria and said, 'I want to come back in 10 days, I want to play against Liverpool'.

    "I said, 'You are more than welcome, it's perfect you come'.

    "But we don't have what he took... about the medicine. That's why, for doping control, today was a risk because the doctors didn't have it. That's why he wasn't in the squad to play some minutes.

    "Hopefully he will be back next game against West Ham and in the future everything will be normal."

    It is unknown what medicine Mahrez, 28, was given and what it was administered for.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49230288


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  4. #4
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City are in talks with Juventus over a deal to sign Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo with Brazil full-back Danilo moving the other way.

    There is no agreement yet but City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his options on the right.

    City, who also have 45m England right-back Kyle Walker in their squad, are expected to pay a fee in addition to 28-year-old Danilo joining Juve.

    Cancelo, 25, has also played further forward as well as at left-back.

    He joined Juventus from Valencia for 35m in 2018 after spending a season on loan at Inter Milan.

    Cancelo was part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League earlier this summer although he did not play.

    City signed Danilo from Real Madrid for 26.5m in 2017.

    He has been involved in the Blues' back-to-back Premier League title wins but has rarely been viewed as a first-choice.

    Danilo has made 60 appearances in all competitions but only 22 league starts, the last of which came against Cardiff on 3 April.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49233687


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  5. #5
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City have completed the signing of Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus for 60m.

    The agreement sees City full-back Danilo, 28, move in the opposite direction for a fee of 34.1m.

    Cancelo, 25, has signed a contract at the Etihad Stadium until the summer of 2025 and becomes City's third signing of the summer after Angelino and Rodri.

    "City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here," said Cancelo.

    "Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play.

    "I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I'm really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League."

    Cancelo, who can play further forward as well as at left-back, joined Juventus from Valencia for 35m in 2018 after a season on loan at Inter Milan.

    He was part of the Portugal squad that won the Nations League in June, although he did not play.

    City director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "Joao is a fine player and an excellent attacking full-back who will provide us with a real threat on the right-hand side.

    "We have been impressed with his progress and have no doubt he can continue to shine here in Manchester.

    "He fits the profile of player we want here at Manchester City. His best years are ahead of him, he's technically proficient and has the physical attributes we desire."

    City signed Danilo from Real Madrid for 26.5m in 2017, and he made 22 league starts in 60 appearances for the Blues across all competitions.

    The Brazilian, who has agreed a five-year contract at Juve, has been involved in back-to-back Premier League title wins under manager Pep Guardiola but has rarely been viewed as a first choice.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49256280


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  6. #6
    Debut
    Sep 2018
    Runs
    2,265
    Mentioned
    35 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Leroy Sane: Manchester City winger to undergo surgery on knee injury

    Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will undergo surgery in the next few days after tearing his cruciate ligament in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.

    The 23-year-old German international went off clutching his right knee after just 13 minutes at Wembley.

    Sane, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich this summer, is now expected to remain at City.

    City begin the defence of their title at West Ham at 12:30 BST on Saturday.

    A statement on the club's website said: "He [Sane] has undergone testing throughout the week, with a specialist doctor travelling to Manchester for further examinations to understand the extent of the injury.

    "Manchester City will provide Leroy with all the support and guidance he needs, and everyone connected with the club wishes him a quick and full recovery."

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49278430

  7. #7
    Debut
    Mar 2015
    Runs
    522
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ilkay Gundogan: Man City midfielder signs new contract to 2023

    Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a new four-year contract until 2023.

    After lengthy negotiations, the Germany international, 28, agreed fresh terms with the Premier League champions last week and signed the deal on Thursday.

    City and manager Pep Guardiola see him as a key part of their plans as he enters what should be the peak years of his career.

    Gundogan's previous contract at Etihad Stadium had a year to run.

    He joined City from Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for 25m in 2016.

    Despite suffering two serious knee injuries, the former Nuremberg player has won five major trophies, scoring 17 goals in 115 appearances for City.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49289569


    Arsenal all the way!! (and Pakistan, of course!)

  8. #8
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects winger Leroy Sane to miss "six or seven months" with a knee injury.

    Sane, 23, tore his anterior cruciate ligament and went off after 13 minutes of Sunday's Community Shield win over Liverpool at Wembley.

    The German, who was linked with a move to Bayern Munich, is set to have surgery in Barcelona next week.

    "It is incredibly bad news," said Guardiola before the champions' Premier League opener at West Ham on Saturday.

    "I don't know how long he will be out. Normally this kind of injury is six or seven months - hopefully February or March."

    Meanwhile, Guardiola confirmed winger Riyad Mahrez has been cleared to play against the Hammers after being left out of the Community Shield because of fears he could fall foul of doping rules.

    City had concerns over medicine the 28-year-old took while at the Africa Cup of Nations in July, when he captained Algeria to the title.

    West Ham United v Man City (Saturday, 12:30 BST) - team news, manager quotes & stats
    Silva named as new captain

    Pep Guardiola - 'David Silva will be a good captain'
    Guardiola also confirmed midfielder David Silva will be City's captain this season - his last at the club - after centre-back Vincent Kompany's departure at the end of last term.

    The midfielder, 33, has been at the club since June 2010 was chosen to take the armband by his team-mates.

    "He's been one decade here, he knows the club, he knows the Premier League," said Guardiola. "He has big respect from his mates."

    'It's important for Walker to have competition'
    Guardiola believes new signing Joao Cancelo, who joined City from Juventus for 60m on Wednesday, will bring something different to the team.

    The Portuguese right-back will be in competition with Kyle Walker for a place in the starting XI, which the City manager believes is important.

    "He came and gave us something we didn't have," said Guardiola. "His physicality is beyond normal, for Kyle it's important to have good competition. And with Cancelo, he will have that.

    "They have to fight for the position. Cancelo can play on the left too. The guy who is confident has more chances to play. Right now Kyle is the one."

    Meanwhile, midfielder Rodri, a club record 62.8m signing from Atletico Madrid in July, has been described as the "best deal" the club has made.

    "Every day I am more convinced that Rodri will be one of the best deals this club has done," added Guardiola. "He'll be incredible for us for many years."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49293963


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  9. #9
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    The Premier League is back and there are many questions which we will find out the answers to in the next nine months.

    Can Manchester City retain the league crown for a third time and will Manchester United improve after a disappointing sixth-place finish last season?

    Add this to the wide range of outcomes for the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal plus Liverpool's expected title challenge and there are many storylines to cast our eyes over in the coming months.

    A new league campaign doesn't just mean a return of football, predictions will be hitting us left, right and centre again, some more impressive than others.

    It also means the supercomputer is back and one from StarSpreads.com has predicted how the Premier League table will finish.

    Manchester United fans name their biggest rival between Liverpool FC and Man City

    It's good news for Man City. Whilst Pep Guardiola's men are expected to struggle more than in the last two seasons when they posted 100 and 98 points respectively, the supercomputer still backs them for 93 points.

    United are also backed to land more points but only two. The supercomputer predicts another tight battle for the top four between Spurs, Arsenal, United and Chelsea, with Spurs and Arsenal winning out.

    Supercomputer predicted Premier League table

    1 Manchester City – 93

    2 Liverpool – 86

    3 Tottenham Hotspur – 73

    4 Arsenal – 69

    5 Manchester United – 68

    6 Chelsea – 67

    7 Leicester City – 55

    8 Everton – 54

    9 Wolverhampton – 51

    10 West Ham United – 50

    11 Watford – 45

    12 Southampton – 44

    13 Crystal Palace – 43

    14 Bournemouth – 42

    15 Burnley – 39


    16 Aston Villa – 38

    17 Newcastle United – 37

    18 Brighton & Hove Albion – 36

    19 Norwich City – 36

    20 Sheffield United – 34

    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co...d-man-16727650


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  10. #10
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    London - Jose Mourinho claims Manchester City are so strong the Premier League champions could even win the title with their second-string side.

    Mourinho, working as a pundit for Sky Sports on Sunday, was asked who can win the title this season and the former Manchester United boss was quick to highlight City's strength in depth.

    City kicked off their bid for a third successive title by thrashing West Ham 5-0 on Saturday thanks to Raheem Sterling's hat-trick and strikes from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero.

    Against West Ham, Pep Guardiola's side had a substitutes bench including new signing Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan and Aguero, who scored a penalty after his second-half introduction.

    "Man City, Tottenham, Liverpool and the Man City 'B' team," Mourinho said of the potential title challengers.

    "When I looked at the bench yesterday, the players not involved, I think even the 'B' team could fight for the title."

    Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Mourinho also admitted he did not believe United could win the title last season before he was sacked in December.

    "When I said that second position the previous season (2017-18) was one of my biggest achievements in football I was not having fun with the words," he said.

    "I just was just telling you what I was feeling.

    "I didn't feel last season we did enough in the transfer window to allow us to compete for the first position because though we finished second the distance to first was very considerable.

    "So I don't feel this season they can win but I hope they feel they can because that will be an important motivational push for them."

    https://www.sport24.co.za/Soccer/Eng...rinho-20190811


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  11. #11
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Valencia are set to sign central defender Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City on a two-year contract.

    The French defender, 28, had signed a one-year contract extension until 2020 at City in February after returning injured from a short period on loan at Everton.

    He had spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Valencia.

    Mangala, who won the last of his eight France caps in 2016, joined City from Porto for 32m in 2014.

    "The club has reached an agreement with Eliaquim Mangala," Valencia said on their website.



    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49325807


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  12. #12
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban after admitting breaching Fifa rules on signing youth players.

    The Premier League champions have been fined 370,000 Swiss Francs (315,000).

    Fifa said City breached article 19 of its regulations: "International transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18."

    Chelsea were banned from signing players for two transfer windows for a similar rule breach - but the club are appealing to have that overturned.

    "The Fifa disciplinary committee has sanctioned English club Manchester City FC for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18," said football's world governing body in a statement.

    "Manchester City FC was found to have breached, among others, article 19 of the Fifa Regulations on the status and transfer of players.

    "The disciplinary committee took into account the fact that Manchester City FC accepted its responsibility and sanctioned the club with a fine of CHF 370,000."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49337051


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  13. #13
    Debut
    Apr 2013
    Venue
    Karachi
    Runs
    34,225
    Mentioned
    1565 Post(s)
    Tagged
    4 Thread(s)
    David Silva: Pep Guardiola thought Man City midfielder would 'suffer' in England

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted he thought midfielder David Silva would "suffer" playing in England due to his stature.

    Silva is in line to make his 400th appearance for City in their Premier League game at Bournemouth on Sunday.

    It is the 33-year-old's final season in England, having won four league titles, four League Cups and two FA Cups.

    "Happily, I was wrong", said Guardiola, who described Silva as "one of the most intelligent players I have ever seen".

    He added: "Moving in these small spaces, he's really good, one of the best.

    "But he's tiny, a little player, not a box-to-box player and my image of England from the outside, I thought 'maybe he's going to suffer'.

    "That was my first impression. You can play a good season but he's done it for 10 seasons, it is almost incredible. He's a huge competitor. How he reacts to the bad moments - his specific qualities help him survive in the Premier League. He should be so proud."

    Spaniard Silva was recently chosen by his team-mates to take over the armband following former captain Vincent Kompany's departure.

    "He has a lot of experience, knows exactly what the team needs, what he has to do," said Guardiola. "Every captain is different, has a different personality. He has to do what he believes."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49450953


    Follow PakPassion on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

  14. #14
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Pep Guardiola hailed David Silva as "one of the best players" he has seen after he contributed to all three of Manchester City's goals in a convincing win at Bournemouth.

    On landmark day for Silva, making his 400th appearance for City, he again demonstrated his enduring quality as the champions moved up to second in the Premier League, two points behind leaders Liverpool.

    The 33-year-old began the move for Sergio Aguero's opener and then provided assists for Raheem Sterling and Aguero to add to the Blues' tally.

    "He played incredibly well. David in this kind of game - with a defence so deep and with such few spaces - is so good," Guardiola said.

    "He's one of the best players I've ever seen."

    Despite an occasional defensive lapse, it proved a largely comfortable afternoon City who quickly established control and went in front when Argentina forward Aguero turned Kevin de Bruyne's cross into the bottom left corner from eight yards.

    Sterling then doubled their advantage with his fifth goal in as many matches, flicking a shot beyond Cherries keeper Aaron Ramsdale after a fine Silva pass.

    While Bournemouth rallied and substitute Harry Wilson's superb 25-yard free-kick raised hopes of a fight-back, Aguero pounced for City's third after more good work from Silva.

    The 31-year-old emphatically finished from 10 yards to record his 400th career goal.

    It ensured Bournemouth, who drop to 10th place, continued a miserable run against City that has seen them concede 28 times in their last nine league meetings.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49385201


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  15. #15
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester - Manchester City may trail Liverpool by two points in the early season running for the Premier League title, but opportunity knocks for the champions in a two-month stretch beginning with Saturday's visit of Brighton to the Etihad.

    The visit of the Seagulls is the first of eight Premier League games Pep Guardiola's men face against sides outside of the traditional "top six" before a daunting trip to Liverpool on November 9.

    That run could see City travel to Anfield with a comfortable lead in the title race, with Liverpool set to face Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham in the meantime.

    The form book over City's last two title-winning seasons certainly suggests Guardiola will be expecting his team to collect maximum points over the next couple of months.

    Including comfortable wins already this season on the road against West Ham and Bournemouth - by a combined 8-1 scoreline - since the start of the 2017-18 season, City have won 50 of the 58 games they have played against the 14 clubs outwith the top six in the Premier League.

    Liverpool, the only side to have started the new season with three wins out of three, will hope that City finally start to falter.

    But with everyone apart from the two north-west giants showing early-season inconsistency, the fact remains that the title may be reduced to a two-horse race by the time the clubs meet in November.

    After Brighton, City face home games against struggling Watford, Wolves, Aston Villa and Southampton and travel to Norwich, Everton and Crystal Palace.

    And Guardiola insists he can only concentrate on maintaining the standards he has set in his second and third seasons in charge.

    "I'm not going to think about many points we need to be champions, or if Liverpool's going to win or if we're going to win," he said.

    "I know the opponent we have in Liverpool and all the other teams, especially the contenders, but what we are looking for, from the first day I came here, is to try to play in the way we have played.

    "I think we dignify this sport, we dignify the people who pay to come to watch us and see how honest we are - to play for the people. And, more than anything, I would like - when I finish my period here - to leave that.

    "The first season, but especially the last two seasons, we were an incredible team."

    Key to City's success has been the strength in depth available to Guardiola and he could hand first starts of the season to new signing Joao Cancelo and Fernandinho, who has fallen down the pecking order since Rodrigo's arrival.

    Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy miss out through injury, while John Stones remains a doubt.


    https://www.sport24.co.za/Soccer/Eng...rpool-20190830


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  16. #16
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City were interested in Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar in the summer and could launch a move for the Serbian in January if Aymeric Laporte is still out with a knee injury. (Calciomercato)

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...uro-paper-talk


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  17. #17
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte will be out until January or February, says manager Pep Guardiola.

    The France centre-back, 25, has had surgery on his right knee after being carried off in the 4-0 win over Brighton on 31 August.

    He damaged his cartilage and lateral meniscus in a challenge with Brighton defender Adam Webster.

    On Laporte's absence, Guardiola said: "Not long. Five months, six months - next year, January or February."

    Does Guardiola trust Stones and Otamendi to cover for Laporte?

    The defender made 35 league appearances last season, with Bernardo Silva the only City outfield player to play more.

    His injury leaves City with just Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones as central defenders, following the departure of Vincent Kompany to become player-manager of Anderlecht in the summer.

    Stones could play at Norwich City on Saturday in the 17:30 BST kick-off and Guardiola said the England centre-back "trained good".

    Guardiola backs City transfer idea

    Meanwhile, Guardiola says his club's proposal for the Premier League to have different deadlines for domestic and international transfers is "a good idea".

    Many clubs, including City, were unhappy at the three-week gap between the English transfer window closing and that of the remainder of Europe, believing it offered rival clubs an unfair advantage.

    At their meeting in London on Thursday, Premier League bosses discussed whether to revert back to the end of August, rather than closing the window on the Thursday before the start of the season, as has been the case for the past two seasons.

    City put forward a compromise solution, with the deadline remaining as it is for transfers within England, but leaving clubs free to sign players from elsewhere in Europe for the remainder of August.

    Guardiola said: "It is a good idea.

    "I would like to finish the window the day before we start the season. All the managers would want to start with the players we are going to work with. But the other clubs have three weeks. Maybe that is a solution."

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49688881


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  18. #18
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Raheem Sterling could be capable of reaching the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

    After two fine displays for England this week, national boss Gareth Southgate said Sterling has the potential to become as good as the duo.

    Guardiola says "nobody can compare" with them currently but that Sterling should aspire to reach that level.

    "It would be a dream for him, for all of us," said the Spaniard.

    "If Raheem can target that level - wow.

    "We will be here to help him and of course he can do it but I will not be the guy to put limits to cancel it, to say 'don't, don't think about that'. No, absolutely not - I want it.

    "But right now, nobody in all the clubs in the world can compare with these two guys and what they have done every single week during 10 years.

    "They are absolute legends and nobody can compare, nobody."

    Sterling has scored eight goals in eight appearances for club and country this season, including in both of England's Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.

    Guardiola says he hopes Sterling does not get distracted by the praise for his performances.

    "I'm so happy for him, for the way he's playing here and with the national team, but hopefully he won't read too much," he said.

    "He cannot listen to these kind of things - that wouldn't be good for him, because nobody can compare with Cristiano or Messi.

    "I'm so happy with what he's done since we've been together, not just right now. Everything that has happened to him has been good because he has an incredible work ethic and is an incredibly nice guy. I'm delighted for him."

    Guardiola rules out defensive signings
    Guardiola also said Manchester City were unlikely to sign a defender in the January transfer window despite having just two fit senior centre-backs.

    It was confirmed on Friday that French defender Aymeric Laporte will be out until February after knee surgery.

    That leaves City with just Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones as centre-backs, following the departure of Vincent Kompany to Anderlecht.

    MOTD analysis: Does Guardiola trust Stones and Otamendi to cover for Laporte?
    "We are going to survive with the players we have," said Guardiola.

    "My advice to you is not to write too many names about the winter transfer window because you are going to make a mistake. I don't think it's going to happen.

    "I heard already we are interested in this player or the other player but I would like to say to all the clubs in the world don't be nervous, because we are not interested in any players or central defenders in Europe."

    England defender Stones could play at Norwich City on Saturday in the 17:30 BST kick-off after recovering from a thigh injury that has kept him out since the opening game of the season.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49695876


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  19. #19
    Debut
    Jun 2001
    Venue
    UK
    Runs
    72,916
    Mentioned
    1629 Post(s)
    Tagged
    27 Thread(s)
    After seeing today's performance from City's centre-halves, most strikers will be licking their lips.



  20. #20
    Debut
    Feb 2012
    Runs
    3,134
    Mentioned
    40 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    After seeing today's performance from City's centre-halves, most strikers will be licking their lips.
    they have never had a great defense since Kompanys injury woes.


    If you want to destroy a country, just create enmity between its people and their army - Salahuddin

  21. #21
    Debut
    Jun 2001
    Venue
    UK
    Runs
    72,916
    Mentioned
    1629 Post(s)
    Tagged
    27 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by PetroDollars View Post
    they have never had a great defense since Kompanys injury woes.
    Laporte was very good and will be missed badly.

    Stones and Ottamendi have a mistake or two in them every match.
    Last edited by Saj; 15th September 2019 at 00:19.



  22. #22
    Debut
    Jan 2010
    Runs
    34,972
    Mentioned
    667 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Another defender out for City.

    Fernandinho will play centre back.


    Lions don't lose sleep over the opinions of Sheep

  23. #23
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City and England defender John Stones will be out for between four and five weeks after suffering a muscle injury in training.

    Stones suffered the injury in Ukraine on Tuesday, where City are preparing for Wednesday's Champions League group game with Shakhtar Donetsk.

    The injury is a setback for City, who are also without Aymeric Laporte until January or February because of injury.

    It leaves City with one established central defender in Nicolas Otamendi.

    Laporte injury a problem after Guardiola told to limit spending
    The injury comes as City prepare for a busy period of games in the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup.

    Stones, 25, could miss up to eight league and cup matches for reigning Premier League champions City, who suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich last Saturday.

    "For me as a manager it is an incredible challenge," said City boss Pep Guardiola after revealing the news about Stones' injury during a news conference.

    "But I believe in something people don't know about - spirit and commitment. We will make steps forward to solve this problem."

    After facing Shakhtar, City entertain Watford on Saturday before playing Championship Preston at Deepdale in the third round of the EFL Cup next Tuesday.

    City are away to Everton on 28 September, host Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League on 1 October before welcoming Wolves to Etihad Stadium five days later.

    After the international break, Pep Guardiola's side are at Crystal Palace on 19 October and then host Italian side Atalanta in the Champions League three days later.

    France centre-back Laporte, 25, had surgery on his right knee after being carried off during the 4-0 win over Brighton on 31 August.

    City are second in the Premier League table, five points behind leaders Liverpool.



    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49733568


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  24. #24
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City bounced back from their shock Premier League defeat at Norwich by launching their Champions League campaign in style with a deserved victory at Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Humbled at Carrow Road on Saturday evening, the English champions were imperious in Ukraine against an initially tenacious, but ultimately inferior, opponent.

    Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring midway through the first half, firing into a largely empty net after Ilkay Gundogan's curling shot came back off the post.

    Mahrez then turned provider for the onrushing German to toe-poke the ball past the helpless Andriy Pyatov and give the visitors a firm grip on the game - a grip they did not relinquish.

    After spurning a number of good opportunities, including an untypically forgiving close-range effort from Raheem Sterling that struck the post, Gabriel Jesus gave the one-sided game a more fitting scoreline with a neat finish after Kevin de Bruyne's pass.

    Only Dinamo Zagreb's 4-0 hammering of Italian side Atalanta in Croatia prevents Pep Guardiola's side topping the group.

    Fernandinho: Pep Guardiola had no doubts over Brazilian's defensive ability
    City provide perfect riposte
    Gabriel Jesus
    Gabriel Jesus has scored four goals from six shots on target versus Shakhtar in the Champions League
    City's 3-2 defeat by Norwich left them five points behind leaders Liverpool (the side they pipped to last season's title) with just five games played.

    But they have the start they wanted in the Champions League - the only trophy Guardiola has yet to deliver to the Etihad - after arguably the toughest game of a group from which they are favourites to qualify.

    There was little of the apprehensive defending on display in Norfolk and a far greater level of fluency and attacking verve as the home side's largely counter-attacking attempts were regularly repelled and their defence repeatedly unpicked.

    Restored to the starting XI, De Bruyne was full of intelligent runs and passes to match, while the direct and pacy trio of Mahrez, Sterling and Jesus (who scored three against the same opponent in a 6-0 win last November) terrorised the home back four.

    But for some wayward finishing, City could well have matched the scoreline they racked up against Shakhtar in that game at the Etihad a little under a year ago.

    Regardless, City's recent dominance over a side who are their regular Champions League opponents continues, with this their fourth win in five encounters, the only defeat of which came in a dead rubber at the end of the group stage in 2017-18.

    Fernandinho untroubled at the back
    City have been plunged into something of a defensive injury crisis of late as a result of the muscle injury that has consigned John Stones to a spell on the sidelines alongside fellow centre-back Aymeric Laporte, who is out until the new year.

    In their absence, Fernandinho - a midfielder by trade but long touted as a potential central defender by Guardiola - made the short move into the back four in Ukraine, alongside Nicolas Otamendi.

    If, as expected, the Brazilian is to be the man to deputise at the back (and he hinted as much after the game by admitting he had been training as a defender since the start of the season), he will have sterner tests than this, but what he was required to do, he did well.

    Two interceptions, two solid headers won and a passing accuracy of 90% make for a quietly efficient night.

    Shakhtar's best opportunities fell to Junior Moraes, but after three times finding himself with just Edersen to beat he first struck the Brazilian's chest with a shot, then missed the ball completely with an attempted flick finish before floating a lob harmlessly off target after the City keeper had rushed out of his box.

    They sent on wily and capable Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka and Brazilians Marcos Antonio and Dentinho but to zero alteration to the flow of the game.

    Meanwhile, City were able to give Benjamin Mendy a first run-out of the season and some minutes to Joao Cancelo - a clear indication that while they currently lack depth in some defensive areas they are spoilt for choice in others.

    Since the start of the 2017-18 Champions League campaign, only James Milner (10) has recorded more assists in the competition than Kevin de Bruyne (9)
    City continue dominance over Shakhtar - stats
    Shakhtar Donetsk have conceded 15 goals in their five meetings with Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League; the most they've conceded against an opponent in the competition.
    Manchester City have kept clean sheets in four of their five Champions League matches against Shakhtar Donetsk, double the amount than they have versus any other side.
    Since the start of 2016-17 campaign, only Real Madrid (84) and Bayern Munich (72) have scored more Champions League goals than Pep Guardiola's Man City (71).
    Shakhtar Donetsk have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 17 UEFA Champions League matches (36 goals conceded).
    Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in seven goals in seven Champions League appearances for Man City (2 goals, 5 assists).

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49732393


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  25. #25
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster says Manchester City are in such rampaging form that it will not be long before Pep Guardiola’s side pump in 10 goals against a team in the same match.

    Foster was on the receiving end of City’s record top-flight scoreline at the Etihad Stadium, as the hosts racked up an 8-0 victory over Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

    Beaten five times after just 18 minutes, Foster feared the worse was yet to come as City looked to rebound from a shock defeat by Norwich City in their previous league match.

    “To get in at 5-0 at half-time I was over the moon,” Foster told British media. “As a goalie, coming here in the first place it’s almost an achievement to keep it at one or two goals. At times, if they’re on it, they are incredible.

    “They will do it to somebody, there will be a nine or 10 out there soon,” Foster said.

    “They were scary at times. It was just relentless. You could see them opening us up and the chances developing in front of your eyes. It was absolutely no fun. In all honesty, it could have been double digits.”

    Guardiola’s City have now scored 24 goals in six league matches this season, seven more than leaders Liverpool and 20 more than basement side Watford.

    https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/23/...atfords-foster


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  26. #26
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of Manchester City's Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday with a groin injury.

    City say the Belgian picked up the injury in the win over Everton at the weekend and he missed their training session on Monday.

    After a series of tests, he will play no part in his side's second Group C fixture at the Etihad on Tuesday. No time frame has been given for his return.

    A City statement said: "Kevin De Bruyne suffered a groin injury in the win over Everton and will miss tonight's game against Dinamo Zagreb.

    "The extent of his layoff depends on how well he responds to the rehabilitation programme overseen by the club's medical staff.

    "Everyone at City wishes Kevin a speedy recovery and we all look forward to seeing him back in blue soon."

    De Bruyne has enjoyed an excellent start to the season after missing much of last year's campaign due to injury.

    https://www.skysports.com/football/n...h-groin-injury


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  27. #27
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Champions Manchester City fell eight points behind Liverpool in the title race after suffering a shock home defeat against Wolves.

    Adama Traore scored twice in the final 10 minutes as Wolves won in the top flight at Manchester City for the first time since 1979.

    Traore scored the first 10 minutes from time as the visitors capitalised on a mistake from Joao Cancelo. He added a second on the break deep into injury time.

    City have now dropped five points in their opening four home games of the season, having dropped just three in the whole of last season and seven the year before that.

    David Silva came closest for the hosts when he hit the bar with a second-half free-kick. Raheem Sterling also had a shot blocked in the scramble that followed.

    It was only the second time in 45 league games that City have failed to score. The last time that happened at home in the league was against Huddersfield in May 2018, by which time they had already won their first title of the Guardiola era.

    Traore had not scored since September 2018 but the 18m man made no mistake as Wolves twice broke clear of the home defence. Raul Jimenez provided the assist on both occasions.

    It is 20 years since Wolves last beat City away from Molineux and 40 since they did so in the top flight. The impact of this victory could have a significant bearing on the title race, so fine are the margins in the battle between the champions and leaders Liverpool.

    City and Wolves had both been engaged in European combat this week - and the fact City were at home, rather than travelling 4,000 miles to Turkey and back - and had an additional two days' rest, should have given them a clear advantage.

    That they failed to make the most of it was almost entirely due to their own failings.

    Through either misplaced passes by Riyad Mahrez or Nicolas Otamendi, or the latter man needlessly charging out of position, Wolves forwards were allowed to run free three times in the opening half, straight down the middle of the pitch.

    Patrick Cutrone screwed one opportunity badly wide and Jimenez appeared to be clipped in the penalty area by Fernandinho, costing him a shooting chance. In between, Fernandinho, currently operating as a makeshift central defender, denied both men with a magnificent double block.

    City thought they had survived the worst. But as they pushed for a winner in the final 10 minutes, their mistakes finally cost them.

    This time, Cancelo lost possession, allowing Jimenez to race on. As Otamendi slipped, the Mexican rolled the ball to Traore, who finished cleanly.

    As City's desperation increased, Traore's pace was too much for them. And in the final minute of stoppage time, Jimenez again fed the 18m signing from Middlesbrough, who completed his first double since February 2018, when he was still on Teesside.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49868094


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  28. #28
    Debut
    Oct 2004
    Runs
    110,328
    Mentioned
    1992 Post(s)
    Tagged
    20 Thread(s)
    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says "the distance is big" but still believes his team can catch Liverpool in the Premier League title race.

    City's 2-0 defeat by Wolves means they are now eight points behind Liverpool.

    It is the biggest lead any side has had after eight games in the Premier League era - the previous biggest was Chelsea in 2014, who went on to win the title.

    "I know these guys," said Guardiola. "They are still incredibly involved and they can still do it."

    The defeat means City are experiencing their worst start since the 2013-14 campaign under Manuel Pellegrini, when they went on to win the title.

    Liverpool preserved their 100% record on Saturday thanks to James Milner's controversial injury-time penalty against Leicester.

    "The distance is big, I know that," said Guardiola. "For many circumstances, they [Liverpool] didn't drop points. It is better not to think one team is eight points ahead. It is only October. There are still a lot of games."

    Biggest lead at this stage of a Premier League season
    Team top after eight games Season Points ahead
    Liverpool 2019/20 8
    Chelsea 2014/15 5
    Newcastle 1995/96 4
    Manchester United 1999/00 4
    Chelsea 2013/14 4
    The biggest gap City had to make up on Liverpool last season was seven points, although that was after 20 games, and they only had to play each other once. The two sides meet for the first time at Anfield on 10 November.

    City are aiming to become the first team to win three successive league titles since Manchester United between 2007-09. Last term they became the first team to retain the title since then. Chelsea are the only other side to win back-to-back titles in the Premier League era.

    How Liverpool's seven-point lead was eroded last season
    Date Opponent Result Lead over Manchester City
    January 2 N/A N/A 7
    January 3 Manchester City (A) Lost 2-1 4
    January 12 Brighton (A) Won 1-0 4
    January 30 Leicester (H) Drew 1-1 5
    February 2 West Ham (A) Drew 1-1 3
    February 9 Bournemouth (H) Won 3-0 3
    February 24 Manchester United (A) Drew 0-0 1
    February 27 Watford (H) Won 5-0 1

    "Most of the teams who won in the past, the year after, they don't win," said Guardiola.

    City have failed to win two of their opening four home league games for the first time since 2014. They have already dropped five points at home, two more than the whole of last season. The year before, when they reached a record 100 points, they dropped seven at the Etihad Stadium in the entire campaign.

    Prior to this game, City were the only 'big six' side Wolves had failed to beat since the start of last season, having beaten the others in the league and having knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup.

    "It was a bad day," said Guardiola. "I had a feeling today would be the day when we created less. We have faced many teams defending deep and more or less we found a way to do it but today we had a problem.

    https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49954747


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

  29. #29
    Debut
    Sep 2016
    Venue
    Jurassic Park.
    Runs
    9,655
    Mentioned
    114 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Although the 8 point gap is significant Man City can not be dismissed from the race so early. As we saw they are capable of going on long spree of winning matches. Liverpool will drop points as well as the season progresses. If Man City defeat us in the two head to heads that is six points recovered so the lead is not that big.


    PP's own self proclaimed sharpshooter and defender of Islam and Pakistan.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •