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Pochettino spies good omens for Man City trip

Mauricio Pochettino reflected with satisfaction on Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion despite the slightly fortunate nature of his side’s goals. Pochettino Serge Aurier’s freakish first goal for Tottenham after 40 minutes broke the deadlock at Wembley on Wednesday, his cross going straight into the net to break Brighton’s dogged resistance. A deflected header by Son Heung-min three minutes from time sealed three points that took the London club into fourth place in the Premier League at the expense of Liverpool, who drew 0-0 at home to West Bromwich Albion. Pochettino will head to Premier League leaders Manchester City in an optimistic mood, saying: “I am a positive person. I am happy we won and the three points are so important for us. “What is ...

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City or Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ of 2003-04?

The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City’s chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Manchester City have broken Arsenal’s 14-game record for consecutive Premier League victories (held since 2002) with a rousing 4-0 win over a severely outclassed Swansea team and can now set their sights on equalling the Gunners’ achievement of going a whole season unbeaten. It was Man City’s fifth win of the season by four or more goals and means Pep Guardiola now holds the record for longest managerial win streaks in the Premier League (15), La Liga (16) and Bundesliga (19), with h...

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David Silva hails special Man City win on heels of ‘difficult’ derby

Manchester City easily dispatch of Swansea City to win their 15th consecutive Premier League game. The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. David Silva said it was a special victory after Manchester City’s 4-0 win at Swansea set a new record of 15 consecutive league victories. The Spaniard scored twice as City maintained their 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League with an emphatic win over the bottom-of-the-table Swans. The win came just three days after a dramatic derby victory over closest rivals United and Silva said it was important to keep the winning streak going. “Of course, it is special when you win so many games. It’s important for confidence and o...

Man City break Arsenal’s English top-flight record for consecutive wins

English Premier League: David Silva (52′) Swansea City 0-3 Manchester City Manchester City surpassed Arsenal’s record winning run in English top-flight football with Wednesday night’s 4-0 victory at Swansea City to make it 15 wins in a row. A David Silva brace — with one coming either side of half-time — and a Kevin De Bruyne free kick all before the hour mark along with a fourth from Sergio Aguero late on allowed Man City to cruise to the record-setting win. Pep Guardiola’s streak started at the end of August with a 2-1 win away at Bournemouth, and it included a 6-0 victory at Watford and 5-0 wins against both Liverpool and Crystal Palace. And they also hit seven against Stoke City.  They had already claimed the outright record for consecutive wins in o...

Pep Guardiola: If Man United were offended by celebrations, I apologise

Pep Guardiola says he encouraged his players to celebrate their Manchester derby win, but insists they did it in the changing rooms. Craig Burley compares Manchester United to a small club playing a giant in the FA Cup in their loss to Manchester City. The Exploding Heads wrap up a wild matchday 16 in England with Premier League in 90 seconds (plus stoppages). Man City capitalized on two errors from rivals Man United to earn an away win and move 11 points clear in the Premier League. MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola has apologised to Manchester United if the club were offended by his team’s celebrations following Man City’s 2-1 derby win on Sunday, but insisted his side did nothing out of the ordinary. Sources told ESPN FC that the celebrations following the victory at Old Traf...

The key to Man City’s superb season might be Raheem Sterling’s new role

ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City’s chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Man City’s Raheem Sterling talks to ESPN FC about the Manchester derby, Pep Guardiola’s tactics and much more. Craig Burley compares Manchester United to a small club playing a giant in the FA Cup in their loss to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola always springs a tactical surprise in big matches and Manchester United know that more than most. Guardiola underlined his status as a top-class manager back in May 2009, when his Barcelona side defeated Manchester United in the Champions League final thanks, in part, to a tactic involving the positioning of Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi. Eto’o, who had played the majority of the se...

Pep Guardiola defends Manchester City derby celebrations

Craig Burley compares Manchester United to a small club playing a giant in the FA Cup in their loss to Manchester City. The Exploding Heads wrap up a wild matchday 16 in England with Premier League in 90 seconds (plus stoppages). Man City capitalized on two errors from rivals Man United to earn an away win and move 11 points clear in the Premier League. MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola says he encouraged his Manchester City players to celebrate their derby victory but insists they did it in the “correct way.” Sources have told ESPN FC that City’s celebrations after their 2-1 derby win were “very vocal” and accompanied by loud music, prompting a confrontation between players and staff from both clubs. The Football Association has written to both clubs to seek t...

Ilkay Gundogan says Manchester derby result more than ‘just a game’

ESPN FC’s Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City’s chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. MANCHESTER — Manchester City showed their strength of character in the style they beat United in the Manchester derby, according to midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. Second-placed United, who now trail Pep Guardiola’s team by 11 points at the top of the Premier League, had not been beaten at a home for a club-record 40 games stretching back 15 months to the last Manchester derby in the league. City bookended United’s run with a 2-1 win after enjoying 65 percent possession as they became the first team to win 14 successive English top-flight games in a single season. “It’s definitely not easy to come here, to play the way we...

Champions League: Will Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea survive?

Chelsea’s mouthwatering tie with five-time European champions Barcelona is the standout fixture for English clubs in the Champions League last 16 as the Premier League sides scent blood. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all progressed from the group stage, making England the first country to have so many sides through to the knockout phase. That quintet suffered just three defeats between them in the group stage and scored 80 goals in total, while reigning English champions Chelsea were the only team not to win their group. The first legs will be played on February 13/14 and 20/21, with the second legs on March 6/7 and 13/14. Basel v Manchester City Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City will not be losing too much sl...

Man City and Man United are a gulf apart, Juve poor, Dortmund fire Bosz

It was, perhaps, the last realistic chance to begin to derail the Pep Guardiola Express. But Manchester City’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford means their lead is up to 11 points, more than the league leaders in any of Europe’s top leagues. The fact that the chasing pack, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal, all dropped points is significant too. The big question was how Jose Mourinho would approach Sunday’s match. Truth be told, with his best defender (Eric Bailly) and best player (Paul Pogba) unavailable, it wasn’t that big a mystery: United would sit and absorb pressure. The only real question was whether to counterattack quickly with long balls to Romelu Lukaku or try to play out from the back. They opted for the former and, again, it was logical. You’re not going to t...

Robson: The Manchester derby wasn’t won tactically

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