As Manchester City get set to clash with Manchester United on Thursday, the game is all to fight for.
The high stakes match at the Etihad Stadium would heavily influence how the table would look like at the end of the season with six games left.
Many expected this season to be a showdown between both Manchester club coaches but it turned out far from expectations as Chelsea boss Antonio Conte impressed in his debut season. The dynamics since they last met in the league has since changed. Pep Guardiola was the victor in September but that was when City were running riot at first.
Manchester United have not been in top four since September but they could re-enter with a victory as they are a point behind City. Chelsea lead Spurs by seven points after their recent victory but they have played a game more. Liverpool in the third spot have played two matches more than both Manchester teams.
Manchester City join Chelsea as the favourites to lift the FA Cup this season.
The top English sides will battle Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur respectively for a place in the final. While it a difficult task, they hold a slight advantage ahead of the clash next month.
The bookies favour both sides to move ahead but Chelsea are still the likely club to do the double – with their Premier League advantage.
Pep Guardiola’s men booked their spot in the last four with a big victory away at Middlesbrough. They have not won the tournament since the 2010/11 season; in fact, they are reaching the last four for the first time in four years. Betfair places them 2/1 in the odds of beating the Blues to the title in May.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola – who only joined this summer – has admitted fear of losing his job, as results have not been in his favour.
He disclosed that he is not immune to sack due to the poor run of the team, even as many believed he would have mentioned this to his employers during talks.
Guardiola supervised ten victories in all competitions but the same side has struggled to get four wins in 15 games of recent. Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Leicester City hurt the team’s record, forcing many to scrutinize the coach’s methods. The loss sent them seven points behind log leaders Chelsea.
Man City are poised to face Watford on Wednesday in the Premier League, then face the Gunners on Sunday. The manager admits that the club’s management are still on his side but added that things really need to quickly change before it all comes apart.
On October 19 of 2016, Manchester City will be travelling to Camp Nou in order to face off with Barcelona in a Champions League group stage match and this encounter will be particularly special for the head coach of Manchester City Pep Guardiola as the Spanish manager is going to be making his return to the club where he gained major notoriety and made a name for himself as one of the best tacticians in the world of football.
It was during his time spent in charge of Barcelona where Guardiola was able to lift a number of huge titles including: UEFA Champions League, La Liga, UEFA Super Cup and many other pieces of silverware.
After winning and accomplishing just about everything there is to win at a club level with Barcelona, Guardiola embarked on a new journey as he became the new coach of Bayern Munich and once again was a huge success with Bayern Munich and now his latest challenge is to do the same thing but with Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola has already labeled this upcoming brawl between Manchester City and Barcelona as a ‘’beautiful return’’ for him as he returns to the place that he is regarded as a savior, as a legend, as the man that was the mastermind behind the complete domination that led to Barcelona becoming the undeniably strongest club in the world.
For a fee of around €28 million, Manchester City secured the services of Nicolas Otamendi in a transfer that was completed on August of 2015. The Argentine defender went on to make 30 appearances during his debut season as a player of the Premier League club, Manchester City.
Otamendi didn’t take long to make his presence felt in Manchester City as he quickly became a regular starter in the English team but there is a big chance that the Argentine player could be dropped entirely despite having an impressive debut season
On August 16 of the ongoing year,Manchester City played against Steaua Bucharest and the English outfit came out on top with a dominating 5-0 victory and Pep Guardiola gave Nicolas Otamendi his first appearance of this new season of 2016-17.
This appearance of Nicolas Otamendi against Steaua Bucharest might be one of the few limited ones for the Argentine player as Pep Guardiola delivered a warning to the 28 year old defender and stated that he needs to perform better in order for him to get a consistent spot in the first team of Manchester City.
Howard has made his entry to the United States after 13 years in the football league.
He would be playing for the Colorado Rapids, the winner of MLS Cup in 2010 in a stadium in the suburbs of Denver. Tim Howard, who played for Metro Stars has made his appearance in over 100 matches for the national team. He has a record for being a good goalkeeper and also worked as a spokesman for soccer. Howard had worked as a commentator for some of the telecasts of premier league and was indeed brilliant.
Howard was replaced by Joel Robles at mid season at Everton who fired Roberto Martinez, the coach. There were only 2 matches started by Howard of the final 18 matches. The contract of Howard has been extended through 2019 and he is eagerly waiting to prove that he can achieve the league. He is confident and has the ability of showing his world class skills. Howard said that there were only a few talented performers in the football league but now there are a whole lot of them that are becoming successful at a younger age. You can see some of the teenagers playing the major roles in the league today, which was not there when he left the league.
Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini has stated that he made a mistake in announcing the arrival of Pep Guardiola.
He believes that this announcement has had an impact on his team, and he would think twice before taking such decision again. Indeed, Manchester City failed to mount a serious challenge this year and only qualified for the Champions League in the last game of the season.
He said that he took the decision to protect all the other managers. There were news that Guardiola was going to Arsenal, was going to Manchester United or Chelsea. For him, it was the best thing to do in order to protect all the other managers and remove the pressure on their shoulders.
Manuel Pellegrini believes that this has had a serious impact on the players, and that was evident with the players losing 3 games in a row. This was the end of their title challenge and caused the players to lose focus. He said it was difficult to motivate the players afterward and that the team did not fully recover after this announcement.
Manuel Pellegrini does not want the Sky Blues to let the much hyped European Cup Round of 4 tie against Real Madrid distract them.
City has to take the pitch thrice in Premiership before the opening leg of the grand tie comes knocking.
According to Pellegrini, at this point, the first task is not the Real Madrid match, but, the Chelsea match and a couple of others too and all of them carry huge value.
It’s always a bit hesitating to say in case of Manchester City that they have no chance to be the Premiership champions as it’s only in the last couple of weeks in 2012 and 2014 that they had changed the standings dramatically to clinch the crown.
But, this time around, even if you take their past heroics and immense resources into account, you would probably not feel as if they would do it again especially with Leicester scripting their fairy tale as well as they are.
So, what City is realistically looking for now is to be in first 4 and that’s something which they are still very much in control of as they are the 4th placed team having got 57 points in their 32 games.
Samir Nasri has tried playing mind games by suggesting that Paris St Germain are not the Barcelona of France despite their runaway success in the league title.
Many believe that PSG have one of the strongest squads in Europe and it has been a major reason in the club winning the league title with more than six matches remaining. However, Nasri says that he is will find it a lot tougher if the club was playing in the Premier League for instance because the French midfielder reckons that the competition is much tougher in England than in France.
Nasri knows the French league extremely well after having come through the ranks at Marseille. He had been linked with PSG when the club was just starting to get the huge amount of investment from the Middle East.PSG will be the opponents for Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-finals. City will be getting their first taste of this stage of the competition, whereas PSG will be looking to go one further by making an appearance in the semi-final or even win the title. City also have hopes of winning the title but they will be the second favourites going into the tie against PSG.
Sergio Aguero has been struggling to hit his top form in the 2015-16 season, but even then he is indispensable to the team according to manager Manuel Pellegrini. The manager was speaking after watching his star striker scored twice in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace.
This victory made it five unbeaten games in the Premier league for the blues. But disappointment comes from the fact that we have been able to take only three wins during this period. As well, Arsenal have been able to stretch their advantage in the league.
Aguero finished as the league’s top scorer last season by a comfortable margin, but it looks like he will struggle to retain the Golden Boot award in this campaign. A return of 10 goals in 15 appearances does sound great, but it looks mediocre in comparison with the figures put by the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy this season. Furthermore, five of the 10 goals scored by the Argentine have all come in just one game. There is little doubt that Pellegrini will want to see Aguero return to his best form sooner rather than later. For the time being, he is just about happy that his star striker has delivered yet again.