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Everton game offers Man City a chance to prove Pep Guardiola progress

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 02:34:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why you shouldn't write off Everton's chances against Manchester City. Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. After an encouraging start in the 2-0 victory at Brighton, Manchester City fans have to wait until Monday night's clash with Everton to get their next glimpse of their new-look team. Following a raft of changes in the summer, including £200 million of new players and a tactical and formation shift, there have been a number of exciting performances since the start of preseason and fans are eager for the momentum to continue. A weight of expectation followed Pep Guardiola to City. In his opening...

Everton revival turns page on chapter with storied rivals Manchester City

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:04:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why you shouldn't write off Everton's chances against Manchester City. Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. When Farhad Moshiri ploughed £85 million into Everton last year, he probably didn't realise that he was in the process of striking just one more parallel between the Merseysiders and Manchester City. City, whose own takeover shook the foundations of football in 2008, have a great deal in common with their near neighbours from the city of Liverpool. It isn't just the colour of the shirts and those of their main rivals that count, but that does give a clue to the mutual trauma the clubs have...

Spurs warn Man City, Barca that £150m isn't enough to buy Dele Alli

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Newcastle battled toe for toe with Tottenham until Jonjo Shelvey was sent off early in the second half, leading to Dele Alli and Ben Davies' goals. Newcastle battled toe for toe with Tottenham until Jonjo Shelvey was sent off early in the second half, leading to Dele Alli and Ben Davies' goals. Mauricio Pochettino says he can't guarantee the future of any Tottenham player but has urged fans to trust the club. The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Spurs issue hands off warning for Alli Tottenham have warned rivals that they will not sell Dele Alli, even for £150 million, reports the Sun. The 21-year-old has already got off the mark this season, breaking the deadlock in the 2-0 win over Newcastle. The England international is being linked to Manchester City and...

Man City target Evans has shown his quality since leaving Old Trafford

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:50:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes reflect on Nemanja Matic's debut and how Man United might line up moving forward. Brian McBride questions whether or not Mourinho is making the right move to hold off on any additional Man United signings. Jonny Evans had been back to Old Trafford a couple of times as a player since his move from Manchester United to West Brom in 2015 but, despite that, his mindset had barely changed: He still let on to staff like he played there, still wore the club's shirt when he went back for Wayne Rooney's testimonial. But having gone back to do an interview for MUTV, he walked pitch side in the empty stadium and took a few minutes for himself. He'd forgotten how amazing Old Trafford was and, as he stood there,...

As options dwindle Jonny Evans seems like a shrewd target for Pep Guardiola

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:42:00 PDT

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City. After a summer buying or being linked with some of the hottest young prospects across Europe, it was something of a surprise when Manchester City's interest in West Brom defender Jonny Evans materialised. Pep Guardiola already had exciting young forwards Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling at the club and spent the summer adding more emerging talent -- plundering Ligue 1 champions Monaco for Bernardo Silva, 23, last week, and Benjamin Mendy, 23, last month, as well as goalkeeper Ederson...

Transfer Rater: Jonny Evans to Man City, Lorenzo Insigne to Chelsea

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:00:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Jonny Evans to Manchester City Manchester City operated with a back three in their first Premier League game of the season against Brighton & Hove Albion....

Walker, Ederson, Danilo Silva and Mendy: Man City stars so far

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:09:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley insists there's plenty more to come from Manchester City. Pep Guardiola has spent close to £200 million on new signings he hopes will transform Manchester City after his disappointing first season at the Etihad. It's only one game into the season, but here's an early impression of how those five players are making an impact ... Kyle Walker In three preseason games and his Premier League debut, the England international has shown exactly what City have been missing from their full-backs. His pace and thrusting runs stretched Brighton in their season...

Why Man City have targeted La Liga newcomers Girona for loan moves

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:54:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola feels Sergio Aguero's last minute title-winning goal was the Premier League's best ever moment. Preseason friendlies are big business these days. So are postseason friendlies. But Manchester City began a new trend this week by playing a friendly when the season had already started. They will spend much of this week at a warm weather training camp in Spain and on Tuesday, the club took on Girona, three days after a 2-0 win in their Premier League opener at Brighton & Hove Albion. The newly promoted La Liga side won 1-0 at the Municipal de Montilivi and landed the Costa Brava Trophy thanks to...

Ilkay Gundogan return a boost for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:55:00 PDT

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Pep Guardiola will know the pressure is on at Manchester City. ESPN FC's Craig Burley says Pep Guardiola will know the pressure is on at Manchester City. It may have been an ill-advised friendly to play on Tuesday, but there was a positive to take from Manchester City's 1-0 loss to Girona. Despite the fears of many fans that a key player would be left injured, the opposite would be true. The match in the north of Spain marked the first appearance for Ilkay Gundogan, roughly eight months after he suffered a knee injury in the early stages of the 2-0 win over Watford in December 2016. He may have only been on the field for 19 minutes in the friendly,...

Transfer Rater: Yazici to Liverpool, Mangala to West Ham

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:43:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Yusuf Yazici to Liverpool Yusuf Yazici has been earmarked as a Liverpool target, with Jurgen Klopp impressed by the highly rated 20-year-old. Turkish Football...

Man City to test Arsenal's resolve with £60m Alexis Sanchez bid

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:18:00 PDT

The guys respond to your tweets about the Arsenal-Leicester match, Alexandre Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez. The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: City to table £60m offer for Sanchez There are new favourites in the race to prise Alexis Sanchez away from Arsenal, according to the Telegraph. It reports that Manchester City will bid around £60 million "to test Arsenal's resolve to keep Sanchez, with Pep Guardiola still desperate to add the forward to...

Pep Guardiola's possession-based football ready to conquer England?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:13:00 PDT

Craig Burley believes Manchester City's victory over Brighton is just the beginning for Pep Guardiola & Co. Craig Burley believes Manchester City's victory over Brighton is just the beginning for Pep Guardiola & Co. Pep Guardiola is not concerned with Man City's somewhat unconvincing win over newly promoted Brighton. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since Pep Guardiola launched a fledgling managerial career at Barcelona in 2007 and brought an intelligently administered possession-based football back into vogue, similar to the style played by Hungary in 1954, Holland in 1974 and the Barcelona side he played for in the early 1990s. A playing career under the tutelage of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff placed Guardiola in the traditions of pass and move, flexibility of position, and the importance of holding...

Can Manchester City's Sergio Aguero win the Premier League Golden Boot?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Sergio Aguero won the award with 26 goals in 2014-15. The Premier League's elite have spent big on strikers this summer. Almost every top club has brought in a world-class forward, so there will be plenty of competition for the prestigious Golden Boot at the end of the season. But, after plenty of goals were scored in a thrilling opening weekend in the Premier League, which player will bag the most after 38 games? Click here for ESPN FC Manchester City correspondent Jonathan Smith's reasons why Sergio Aguero will be part of that conversation.

Changed-man Sergio Aguero shows that he is perfect fit for Pep Guardiola at City

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:14:00 PDT

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says season openers are always complicated. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says season openers are always complicated. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says season openers are always complicated. Pep Guardiola and Sergio Aguero's relationship is a complicated one. It's clear the manager has always ranked the striker as an important player for the team, but it's been just as clear that he was frustrated by Aguero's style of play in his first season in charge. By the end of 2016-17, the consistent questions about the striker's future had begun to wear down Guardiola's patience. Despite all parties insisting there was no issue -- City said they had no desire to sell and Aguero said he wanted...

£50 million man Kyle Walker impresses in debut, City see off Brighton

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 01:54:00 PDT

Manchester City were held by newly promoted Brighton for most of the match until two late goals proved the difference. Manchester City were held by newly promoted Brighton for most of the match until two late goals proved the difference. Craig Burley believes Manchester City's victory over Brighton is just the beginning for Pep Guardiola & Co. Craig Burley believes Manchester City's victory over Brighton is just the beginning for Pep Guardiola & Co. Pep Guardiola is not concerned with Man City's somewhat unconvincing win over newly promoted Brighton. Manchester City, the Premier League's most consistently high finishers over the last seven seasons, began at Brighton looking like a side intent on finishing right at the top of the pile this time out. A patient, professional display of passing and possession saw off a lively but horribly blunt Brighton side, celebrating their return to top flight action after 34 years away. Brighton & Hove Albion Manchester City 0 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives The signs for the season are clear for all to see. Significant renewal is in the air, talented players fill...

After frustrating start, City finally break through against newcomers Brighton

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:56:00 PDT

Manchester City were held by newly promoted Brighton for most of the match until two late goals proved the difference. Manchester City were held by newly promoted Brighton for most of the match until two late goals proved the difference. Craig Burley believes Manchester City's victory over Brighton is just the beginning for Pep Guardiola & Co. Craig Burley believes Manchester City's victory over Brighton is just the beginning for Pep Guardiola & Co. Pep Guardiola is not concerned with Man City's somewhat unconvincing win over newly promoted Brighton. BRIGHTON, England -- Three thoughts from Manchester City's 2-0 win away at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.  1. City hold nerve at Brighton   After their title rivals lost their heads, Manchester City kept theirs. Victory at Brighton did not come easy to the Premier League title favourites, but at least they did not concede three goals like each of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have done on opening weekend.  Sergio Aguero's 70th-minute opening goal, set up for...

Transfer Talk: Eliaquim Mangala to have Manchester City future yet?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:02:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola has invited Eliaquim Mangala back to train with Manchester City's main group. Manchester City's lack of depth in defence means Eliaquim Mangala could earn a second chance at the club, according to the Guardian. For more on Mangala and Man City, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

One big question for Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City, Spurs, Liverpool

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:36:00 PDT

The FC panel delve into their 2017-18 Premier League title predictions. The new Premier League campaign is finally here, starting with Arsenal's home meeting with Leicester at the Emirates on Friday evening. But what are the major tactical issues facing the title contenders? Here's a run-down of the major question mark about each side's tactical approach. Arsenal: Will they stick with the 3-4-2-1? The immediate answer to this question is simple: yes. Arsene Wenger's decision to switch to a three-man defence last season for the first time in over 20 years completely...

Eliaquim Mangala scores overhead kick in Man City training session

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:04:00 PDT

There was a point, not so very long ago, where it looked like Eliaquim Mangala didn't have much of a future at Man City. Despite joining for an exorbitant £42 million fee in 2014, the France international spent last season on loan at Valencia while City again spent big bringing in a raft of defensive replacements. However, Mangala has since returned to the City fold and, for the time being at least, has been integrated back into Pep Guardiola's squad. Indeed, he appears to be staking a decent...

Guardiola must deliver trophies for Man City as he faces his greatest test

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 01:00:00 PDT

Craig Burley feels Pep Guardiola's back may be against the wall if he does not win any trophies with Man City this season. With several new signings this transfer window, Stewart Robson tips Man City to win the Prem in Pep Guardiola's second season at the helm. Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus should be utilised by Pep Guardiola this season. When Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in July 2016, the club made a fuss of the unveiling of their superstar manager by staging a "Cityzens Weekend," at which the slogan "It Begins" was projected from anything and everything bearing a club badge. Guardiola was not entirely comfortable with the idea. After all, having coached at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where gimmicks were not required, this felt a little too much about the manager rather than the team. Meanwhile, the catchphrase seemed...


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