Reviving the Manchester Derby

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When Sheikh Mansour took ownership of Manchester City in 2008, it changed the face of football in Manchester. A series of big-money transfers promised to threaten Manchester United’s status as the city’s, and the country’s, top club. It is surprising, then, that the Manchester derby has lost its appeal since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. United have failed to […] READ MORE


The Five Finest Performances by Ten Men

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When France defeated England 3-2 in their friendly match this week, what made the loss particularly painful for England players and fans was that the French had played for nearly the entire second half with ten men, after Raphael Varane was controversially sent off. And yet all true football fans know that the loss of […] READ MORE


The Manchester City Goalkeeper Situation Could Cost Pep Guardiola his Job

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Another week, another calamity for a Manchester City goalkeeper. Admittedly, this week’s entry was not as bad as many of the other mistakes this season, as Eden Hazard’s first goal for Chelsea against City, for which Willy Caballero has taken the blame, took a slight deflection off the head of Vincent Kompany. Regardless, it is […] READ MORE


Foreign Managers: A Problem For England?

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The distinct lack of English players playing at the nation’s top level, the Premier League, seems to be an ongoing issue. Last season, the percentage of English players in the Premier League was at its lowest level yet; just 31% of starters. Go back to 1992 and almost 75% of Premier League players were English; […] READ MORE


Manchester City vs Arsenal: The Keys to Victory for Both Teams

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Manchester City face off against Arsenal in a major clash in the title race this Sunday. Both Arsène Wenger and Pep Guardiola will be keen to capture all three points, and these keys will give them the victory. Keys for Manchester City After a routine victory against Watford, Guardiola’s men have a tough match-up ahead of them at the […] READ MORE


Why Guardiola’s System was not to Blame for Leicester City Defeat

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A humbling 4-2 defeat away at a resurgent Leicester City on Saturday, Pep Guardiola’s saw Guardiola’s side drop to fourth place in the table, having taken only 12 points from the previous 27 available in the Premier League. The Citizens were left stunned as a Jamie Vardy hat-trick and a cracking strike from Andy King compounded their […] READ MORE


Why Guardiola’s System was not to Blame for Leicester City Defeat

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A humbling 4-2 defeat away at a resurgent Leicester City on Saturday saw Pep Guardiola’s side drop to fourth place in the table, having taken only 12 points from the previous 27 available in the Premier League. The Citizens were left stunned as a Jamie Vardy hat-trick and a cracking strike from Andy King compounded their own lack […] READ MORE


Pep Guardiola And Ronald Koeman: Old Allies Meet As Manchester City And Everton Clash

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via Last Word on Football, by Sam Davies Since arriving at Manchester City in the summer, Pep Guardiola has barely shifted from the centre of the footballing world’s attention. This weekend will be no different. City welcome Everton to the Etihad and Guardiola will be reunited with Ronald Koeman, a fellow friend and Barcelona legend for […] READ MORE


Celtic vs Manchester City: Champions League Preview

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Glasgow giants Celtic vs Manchester City sees a Battle of Britain scenario at Parkhead. Group C of the UEFA Champions League saw 11 goals in total on Matchday 1. Celtic came off worst from these games, shipping seven goals to Barcelona. Premier League leaders City have a 100% record under new manager Pep Guardiola, and […] READ MORE


Claudio Bravo Signs for Manchester City

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Today, Barcelona announced that they had signed Jasper Cillessen from Ajax. Cillessen will fight will Marc-André Ter-Stegen for the number one keeper spot. Subsequently, it was announced that Claudio Bravo signed for Manchester City on a four-year deal. The transfer fee is being reported as €18m with €2m in add-ons. Time at Barcelona While at Barcelona, Bravo […] READ MORE