Manchester City have presented their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the appeal against UEFA’s decision to ban them for two seasons due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) breach. City’s legal team are confident they have put forward their best leg and are hopeful for the ban to be overturned.
Premier League clubs could finish the season with a TV mega event that would see the teams in hotels, isolated from their families as they play a stretch of games. The players and officials are to be tested regularly to avoid the spread of the novel Corona Virus, with the stadium closed to the public.
Injured Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is set to be fit for the Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
The Frenchman suffered knee ligament damage in his team's 4-0 defeat of Brighton in game week four of this season's Premier League, leading to five months on the sidelines. His absence has had a sizeable impact on the club's title challenge, with Pep Guardiola's men now 14 points behind Liverpool at the top of the table.
Kyle Walker is not having the best of times at Man City. Despite arriving and thriving at the right back position for years, the England international has found playing time hard to come by this season.
Unlike Prima Donnas like Zlatan Ibrahimovic that have played under Pep Guardiola, Walker insists he is happy with the current arrangement in the club.
No matter how many times Jurgen Klopp gets animated and yells at his team to sprint down the heels of opponents, the Premier League will remain a marathon. Pep Guardiola knows this all too well, that’s why he plays the long game of patient intensity.
Liverpool sit pretty at the top of the English Premier League with a perfect 24 points from 8 games and 8 points above second placed Manchester City. The Reds have been trying for years to get back to the top of English football, while Man City thanks to their Abu Dhabi cash cowshave overtaken most traditional powerhouses.
Any kind of interruption between matches is considered to be dreadful for the team managers and most of them fear the breaks, but the case for Man City is just the opposite. It is known that Pep Guardiola, who is currently the manager for the Blues will be standing at the gain side from the shut-down of September.
Manchester City has a total of nine players right now who are not involved in international games which can be advantageous for the Blues. It can also be considered as a blessing for them because preparations are going on for them to play a hectic schedule of seven games in just three weeks as the English season is sincerely is in progress.
Manchester City has marked an aggregate of 24 players while Pep Guardiola has been in control. Manchester United may be about to sign a Championship player but Manchester City has not been interested in that market under Pep Guardiola. Their preference for recruiting from other leagues predates the current manager; you have to go back to the purchase of Patrick Roberts from Fulham in 2015 for the last time the Blues bought from the second tier of English football, and the 2010 arrival of Adam Johnson from Middlesbrough for the last time they brought in a first-team player from the league.
Guardiola, though, has followed the trend. City has signed 24 players to date since 2016 and not one of them has come from the Championship, although John Stones, Kyle Walker, and Riyad Mahrez have all come from Premier League clubs. The only club that has signed more players from in Guardiola’s time in Spain. Claudio Bravo, Nolito, Geronimo Rulli, and Pablo Mari all arrived in 2016 (with the latter two immediately loaned back out), and Aymeric Laporte followed in January 2018.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly interested in Atletico Madrid’s defensive midfielder Rodrigo Hernandez according to media reports. Rodri, as he is popularly known, has become a key feature for Diego Simeone’s side as he embodies the tireless midfielder that the Argentine tactician relishes.
He has been able to replace club legend Gabi and it is believed that Pep Guardiola wants the player to replace Brazilian midfield enforcer Fernandinho. Fernandinho has proven to be arguably the most important player at the Etihad as he keeps the attacking unit together with his ability to win the ball and initiate attacks from deep.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said that he won’t use tiredness as an excuse ahead of the midweek league game against West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium. The Mancunian giants were pushed to their limits during the League Cup final last weekend after they managed to only beat Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out.
During that game, the likes of Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho were brought off the field with injuries and it has now been confirmed that the duo will miss the Hammers game alongside John Stones, Gabriel Jesus and long-term absentee Eliaquim Mangala. Speaking in a press conference, Guardiola said that he won’t take excuses for tiredness from the existing players and he wants the commitment from the team as they seek to retain their league title.
Man City player pair Felix Nmecha and Eric Garcia has caught the eye of the team coach this season. However, the match that was held last Thursday did see them struggling in the field. They are now on the team and these are their debut matches.
Eric was hailed as the leader of the future for Manchester City last week while Felix has come in after being selected from the Academy of the club. Both were in their debut matches that the club played against Burton. Pep Guardiola felt that it was time to allow some of the young debutants to make an entry for the club. He has also included their names to be part of the team that would be in the semifinals of Carabao Cup.