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Pep Guardiola dedicates Man City win to imprisoned pro-Catalan leaders

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus got Manchester City off to a flying start as they held off a late surge from Napoli. Brian McBride describes Man City’s win over Napoli as a tale of two halves, calling City’s first half a joy to watch. Pep Guardiola says Manchester City’s win over Napoli is one of his proudest days as the club’s manager. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dedicated his team’s 2-1 Champions League win over Napoli to two pro-Catalan independence leaders imprisoned since Monday in Madrid for charges of sedition. City triumphed at the Etihad stadium on Tuesday to make it three wins out of three in the competition and move three points clear of nearest rivals Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of Group F. Ex-Barcelona player and coach Guardiola, w...

Man City boss Pep Guardiola: Napoli one of the best I have faced

Brian McBride describes Man City’s win over Napoli as a tale of two halves, calling City’s first half a joy to watch. MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola described Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Napoli as one of the proudest wins of his managerial career. City quickly took a two-goal advantage in the Champions League clash with strikes from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus in the opening 13 minutes but were left holding on for the win when Amadou Diawara pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Guardiola said his team tired but that he was proud of his players for holding on for a win to maintain their 100 percent record in Group F. “I did expect the game to go to 90 minutes because Napoli are an exceptional team,” Gua...

Man City get off to flying start, hold on for dear life in 2-1 win over Napoli

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus got Manchester City off to a flying start as they held off a late surge from Napoli. John Stones and Kyle Walker talk after beating Napoli 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League. Manchester, ENGLAND — Three points from the Etihad on Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Napoli in the UEFA Champions League. 1. City ride out Napoli’s revival It began with Manchester City destroying an opponent in the manner that has become habitual in English football. Napoli, currently top of Serie A, scoring goals at a rate not seen for decades, were being put to the sword, and swiftly, behind strikes from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.  But then came a revival from Napoli that asked plenty of questions of City. By the end, they were clinging on, and had ridden ou...

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Barcelona, Man City keeping eye on Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl

Julian Weigl could be the subject of a bidding war between Barcelona and Manchester City this summer. Julian Weigl may have signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund in December, but that hasn’t stopped two European giants from keeping a watchful eye on the young midfielder. According to AS, Barcelona and Manchester City are both monitoring the 22-year-old, whose new deal continues through 2021. Barca believe that Weigl could fit their style of play and be a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets as the cornerstone of their midfield, the report states. Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has told director of football Txiki Begiristain to make Weigl a priority next summer with Fernandinho and Yaya Toure both out of contract. It’s not the first time that Weigl, who has made five appea...

Premier League title race with Man City, Man United a study in contrasts

With Man City on a tear in the Premier League, Craig Burley analyses their form compared to the chasing pack. With Man City on a tear in the Premier League, Craig Burley analyses their form compared to the chasing pack. They do things differently in Manchester. City and United are two clubs working toward different directions, and their methods are so distinct that they are almost polar opposites. On one side of town, City are playing with a joyful, sweeping brilliance. They have turned the Etihad into a temple of entertainment. A handful of miles away at Old Trafford, United are built around power and mean-eyed pragmatism with few frills in their approach. What the neighbours have in common, however, is that they are unbeaten in the Premier League. Early indications are that the title bat...

Extra Time: Newcastle’s future, Man City among Europe’s top three?

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Raheem Sterling never thought about leaving Manchester City for Arsenal

Pep Guardiola delights in Manchester City’s dominant win over Stoke, especially coming out of an international break. MANCHESTER — Raheem Sterling never doubted that Pep Guardiola wanted to keep him at Manchester City following interest from Arsenal in the summer. Reports suggested that the England international was considered as part of a potential swap deal for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, who Guardiola wanted to sign in the summer. The City boss has insisted there was “zero chance” of Sterling being sold, and the 22-year-old says that was enough to not give a second thought to leaving the club. “I didn’t need to speak with [Guardiola] because I had already spoke to him during the summer about preseason,” Sterling told a news conference ahead ...

Manchester City have more belief than last season – Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola delights in Manchester City’s dominant win over Stoke, especially coming out of an international break. MANCHESTER — Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have kept the same principles from last season but now have more belief after they moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League. City won 7-2 against Stoke City on Saturday and have now scored 29 goals from their opening eight top-flight fixtures, equalling the record set by Everton 123 years ago. Guardiola’s side have also scored 17 goals in their last three Premier League games at the Etihad Stadium — only 20 fewer than the whole of last season’s home fixtures. “We are almost the same guys as last season, but now we have the feeling we are going to score a goal. Don’t ask ...

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne deserves the fans’ love – Gabriel Jesus

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes calls Kevin De Bruyne the Premier League’s best player after Man City’s 7-2 victory. Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus joined the chorus of approval for Kevin De Bruyne after City swept Stoke aside 7-2 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. De Bruyne was again at his scintillating best as City moved clear at the top of the Premier League, marking his 100th appearance for the club with a dynamic display that saw him set up four goals. Stoke boss Mark Hughes said De Bruyne was “head and shoulders above anybody else in the Premier League” and Gabriel said: “He is one of the best players in the world. “His quality is outstanding as an individual out on the pitch, but it’s the way that he makes that work for the whole team...

Transfer Talk: Manchester City seek Ryan Bertrand to replace injured Benjamin Mendy

Southampton star Ryan Bertrand could be available for £30m. Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand has emerged as a candidate to fill the Manchester City gap created by the loss of Benjamin Mendy, reports the Sun. For more on Bertrand and City, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

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