Manchester City

Manchester City critics obsessed over Guardiola spending overlook his talent

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:56:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Why do so many onlookers want to boil all of Pep Guardiola's achievements at Manchester City this season down to spending lots of money? This has been one of the most impressive title wins in the Premier League era, with opposing teams regularly schooled on the pitch, and yet there are many who believe the manager's influence extends as far as signing some brilliant players and letting them get on with it. Often you hear that the team has been brilliant -- but "anyone can do that" with an open chequebook. It's...

Manchester City, Pep Guardiola still chasing history after winning title

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:54:00 PDT

ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making. The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. Joleon Lescott talks about Manchester City's new generation and what to expect from Pep Guardiola in the coming seasons. So, what now for Manchester City after the early conclusion to their quest for a third Premier League title? It seems reasonable to expect any side coached by Pep Guardiola to maintain the same level of performance through to the end of the season. There are several reasons why this is almost certain to happen. First, in respect to the other clubs in the league and especially those still struggling to conclude their own seasons positively, City must not back off. All five of City's remaining games...

Manchester City's run to Premier League crown down to chemistry

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:21:00 PDT

Pep Guardiola delves into his high standards for his Man City players in training, when in possession and their decision making. Joleon Lescott talks about Manchester City's new generation and what to expect from Pep Guardiola in the coming seasons. This is Manchester City's third Premier League title, yet it's the first time they've won it by playing properly as a team. Previous incarnations of City have been unquestionably successful and memorable for the manner of their title victories, but were also marred by a culture of superstars before teamwork. Pep Guardiola has overhauled that version of City and created a genuinely harmonious, cohesive side who can be considered on a different planet to the title winners of 2011-12 and 2013-14. The...

Man City vs. Liverpool, Man Utd vs. Liverpool pick of ICC 2018 games

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:25:00 PDT

The 2017 ICC featured a five-goal Clasico thriller between Barcelona and Real Madrid. The International Champions Cup returns in July, with games between the leading clubs in the world played across three continents in July and August. Here, we pick out six of the biggest games coming up this summer. July 25: Manchester City vs. Liverpool, MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, New Jersey) Manchester City will arrive in the United States as Premier League champions, but they will face Liverpool having lost all three of their meetings with Jurgen Klopp's team in 2018. If anyone knows how...

Raheem Sterling proves players more prolific under Pep Guardiola

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:18:00 PDT

ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League. You watched the game, now get the inside look at Manchester City's preparations for Tottenham, the victory that inevitably carried them to the title. Watch the best goals from Manchester City from their 2017-18 title-winning campaign. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. The goal was scrappy, the finish applied from a few yards in a crowded penalty area. The immediate significance was that it put Manchester City 3-1 ahead at Tottenham. It assumed a greater importance the following day when Manchester United's shock defeat to West Bromwich Albion made City champions. But even before then, a different meaning was apparent. It was Raheem Sterling's 22nd goal of the season. He had doubled his previous best tally. It used to be a mantra of Manuel Pellegrini's that...

Pep Guardiola vindicated for doing things differently with Man City

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:36:00 PDT

The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed. "Another Way of Winning" is one of several biographies written about Pep Guardiola and, over the weekend, it became a realized prophecy in the Premier League, as the Catalan manager claimed his first title. And Manchester City didn't just win. They won big and, in some ways, bigger than any other team in the history of English football. With five games remaining, they are on pace to set a new top-flight mark for points (95 is the record; they have 87) and wins (30; 28). Plus, they're on track to...

How Manchester City celebrated their title: A golf course, a derby and a pub

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:08:00 PDT

The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. Editor's note: Some of the embedded videos on this page contain explicit language. It has been on the cards for quite some time, but Manchester City are finally Premier League champions. And, thanks to Man United's defeat to West Brom on Sunday, they didn't even have to kick a ball to do it. Whether it was from the in-laws' house, a German derby, or the golf course, City's players celebrated their crowning moment in style -- though the same can't be said of their sponsors. Vincent Kompany Captain, leader, legend =5=5 @VincentKompany @ManCity @City_Watch pic.twitter.com/CGIg5HGkIQ— Alex Hunt (@AlexHunt01) April 15, 2018 The City...

Transfer Rater: Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Wilfried Zaha to Manchester City

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:48:00 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. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Danny Drinkwater to West Ham Drinkwater's frustration at being frozen out at Chelsea has alerted West Ham, who are keen on bringing the title winner with Leicester City to...

Manchester City sweep all before them as Manchester United flop adds to celebrations

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:34:00 PDT

The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. Manchester United lose to the worst team in the Premier League, gifting their rivals Manchester City the 2017-18 Premier League title. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. No matter what they tell you now, when the Premier League season began in August, Manchester City fans did not believe their team would walk to their third title in seven campaigns. Of course, there had been some pretty good displays throughout their preseason tour of the USA, but nothing had indicated the level at which the team would break records in the months that would follow. As the supporters celebrate the latest crown, they are able to look back on a season that has far exceeded expectations...

Premier League title race: How can clubs catch Manchester City?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:29:00 PDT

The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC boys share their thoughts on Pep Guardiola's assertion that the Premier League is harder to win than the Champions League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Watch the best goals from Manchester City from their 2017-18 title-winning campaign. The Premier League title race is over already, but what can the chasing pack do in order to change things around next season? ESPN FC's club correspondents discuss one thing their clubs need. MAN UNITED: Consistency is key Jose Mourinho's team have to be more consistent if they want to win the title next season. The last week has summed up the entire campaign -- beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium then lose to bottom side West Brom at Old Trafford. The quality is there: United have beaten...

Man City show why they are champions; Arsenal's road woes in a class of their own

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 05:52:00 PDT

The FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's consistency, Jose Mourinho's standing among top managers and Antoine Griezmann's future. With only a month of Premier League football to go, Nick Miller looks back at all the highs and lows in the Premier League this weekend. Goal of the weekend This season Mohamed Salah been that priceless old combination of a great goalscorer and a scorer of great goals. His latest effort, his 40th of the season -- over all competitions -- making him the first Liverpool player to reach that mark since Ian Rush, was a piece of brilliant ingenuity, an improvised looping header against Bournemouth...

Manchester City's Premier League title: Five key wins en route to glory

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:32:00 PDT

Watch the best goals from Manchester City from their 2017-18 title-winning campaign. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. Manchester City have won the Premier League crown with five matches to spare, making them the joint-fastest to clinch the title. Here are five key games that set Pep Guardiola's side on the path to success: Aug. 26: 2-1 vs. Bournemouth 2-1 (A) City didn't start the season in anything like the sort of form they were destined to spend the rest of it. An opening day win at Brighton, only secured after a late strike from Sergio Aguero and a Lewis Dunk own goal, was followed by a frustrating 1-1 draw...

Man City's record-breaking season reveals dominance of their title win

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 11:21:00 PDT

The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. The FC crew examine the statistics behind Man City's title-winning season and debate if it's been the most dominant in English top-flight history. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. Watch the best goals from Manchester City from their 2017-18 title-winning campaign. MANCHESTER, England -- It may actually turn out to be a positive for Manchester City that they were unable to clinch the Premier League title by beating Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium little more than a week ago. As sweet as such a triumph would have been -- United's 3-2 win, after being 2-0 down, denied their neighbours the title that day -- the emphasis placed on being crowned champions by defeating their bitter rivals might just have overshadowed the true magnitude of City's third...

Can Man City smash the Premier League points and goals records

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:26:00 PDT

Watch the best goals from Manchester City from their 2017-18 title-winning campaign. Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League. The Exploding Heads recap another Premier League weekend and wonder if it's too soon to celebrate Manchester City's title. Manchester City are being hailed as one of the greatest Premier League sides after Pep Guardiola landed his first title in England. City have the most points of any side after 33 games (87: W28, D3, L2) and have the opportunity to write their name in Premier League history by breaking some of its records. Here are 11 records that City could (and some cases, already have) set by the end of the season. Biggest title-winning margin: Manchester United won the 1999-2000 season by 18 points from Arsenal....

Transfer Talk: Man City to swoop for Kylian Mbappe if PSG face FFP sanctions

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 07:38:00 PDT

International Friendly: Kylian Mbappe (83') Russia 1-3 France Despite Mauricio Pochettino's belief that Dele Alli is the best player in the world at his age, Shaka Hislop begs to differ. A Thiago Motta red card would not slow PSG down as Kylian Mbappe's double led the way in a 2-1 win over Angers. Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window; Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. City plot audacious Mbappe move Manchester City are monitoring Paris Saint-Germain's Financial Fair Play case with a view to making a sensational play to sign Kylian Mbappe if UEFA sanctions push them to sell some of their star players, claims the Mirror. The France international is on loan at PSG, with a £167 million deal in place to make his stay in the French capital permanent...

Vincent Kompany, Kevin De Bruyne earn 9/10 in Man City win over Spurs

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:27:00 PDT

Manchester City ended their three-match losing run with a convincing win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City ended their three-match losing run with a convincing win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol break down Manchester City's win over Tottenham at Wembley, which brought Man City's three-match losing run to a halt. Pep Guardiola talks all things Spurs-Man City, Raheem Sterling's performance and what he'll be doing instead of watching Man United-West Brom. Man City's Kevin De Bruyne acknowledges the tiredness within the squad and how important it was to see off Spurs after a difficult string of matches. A fabulous season from Manchester City was in danger of being devalued by the week's developments, but City reverted to type at Wembley and produced a performance of brilliance that lasted for 90 minutes instead of 45. Instead, the 28th win of the season equalled the club record and the victory produced an away treble at Arsenal, Chelsea and now Spurs, which none of the big guns have ever achieved. Positives Nerves of steel to attack Tottenham after what has happened in the last seven days. Stuck...

Guardiola's defensive switch moves Man City closer to title glory

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:09:00 PDT

Manchester City ended their three-match losing run with a convincing win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Manchester City ended their three-match losing run with a convincing win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol break down Manchester City's win over Tottenham at Wembley, which brought Man City's three-match losing run to a halt. Pep Guardiola talks all things Spurs-Man City, Raheem Sterling's performance and what he'll be doing instead of watching Man United-West Brom. Man City's Kevin De Bruyne acknowledges the tiredness within the squad and how important it was to see off Spurs after a difficult string of matches. LONDON -- It was in the 64th minute of Manchester City's 3-1 victory over Tottenham that Pep Guardiola showed how much he had been stung by his side's three-game losing streak. Three times in six days, City found themselves on the wrong end of defeats against Liverpool (twice) and Manchester United, with two of those losses coming in games City had led at half-time. At Wembley, they once again raced ahead, going 2-0 up before Christian Eriksen's strike shortly before half-time reduced the deficit;...

Man City snap losing skid vs. Tottenham, inch within three points of title

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 02:01:00 PDT

Manchester City ended their three-match losing run with a convincing win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Ross Dyer and Steve Nicol break down Manchester City's win over Tottenham at Wembley, which brought Man City's three-match losing run to a halt. Pep Guardiola talks all things Spurs-Man City, Raheem Sterling's performance and what he'll be doing instead of watching Man United-West Brom. Man City's Kevin De Bruyne acknowledges the tiredness within the squad and how important it was to see off Spurs after a difficult string of matches. LONDON -- Three points from Wembley on Manchester City's 3-1 win over Tottenham in the Premier League: 1. City end skid, edge closer to the title Manchester City moved to within three points of clinching the Premier League title by ending their three-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory against Tottenham at Wembley. Pep Guardiola's team, who suffered three defeats in the space of six days against Liverpool (twice) and Manchester United, could be crowned champions as early as Sunday if Man United...

When can Man City be crowned Premier League champions?

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 01:28:00 PDT

Man City are 16 points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United. When can they win the title?  How many points do Man City need? Three points, or just one win. When can Man City guarantee being champions themselves? Victory at home to Swansea on April 22 means they will be crowned champions. Manchester City celebrate Bernardo Silva's winner against Chelsea. But when is the earliest Man City can be champions? City can actually be champions on Sunday, April 15, should Manchester United lose at home to West Brom. Anything else? United actually play twice...

Pep Guardiola bidding to end Manchester City's run of three defeats in a row

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 02:33:00 PDT

After failing to win the Champions League once again, the FC crew discuss Pep Guardiola's tactics and his standing among the best managers of all time. After just one defeat in their opening 33 matches and a Premier League start that prompted suggestions that Manchester City could emulate Arsenal's "Invincible" season, Pep Guardiola's side could be beaten for a fourth successive time at Tottenham on Saturday. Defeats home and away to Liverpool ended City's Champions League hopes and they were sandwiched by a first home loss in the league this season by Manchester United, which wrecked their title party celebrations against their bitter rivals. Guardiola...


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