Premier Leaguehave been busy in the window as they look to rebuild ahead of next season. The top six sides appear to be taking their time in the transfer window so far with no major marquee signing from some of the teams.
One of the players that has been linked with some of the top six sides is Leicester City defender, Harry Maguire.
Pep Guardiola has admitted his biggest fear is the prospect of witnessing more players on the treatment table. Manchester City have been ravaged by injuries over the last few months, but the club has been able to maintain the push for a quadruple going on. This has been largely possible due to a very large squad at the disposal of the former Bayern Munich manager. However, even that has been stretched in the last few weeks with a number of players unavailable due to injuries.
The final international break is upon Manchester City, who will have only a couple of senior players left in the squad. The major problem for Guardiola is the increased potential for injuries when stars go out for international duty. Since the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, and John Stones have been faced with a lot of injury problems this season, City have been unable to rotate the squad. It remains to be seen if the effects will be witnessed in the final moments of the season. City are facing the potential of up to 8 matches just in the month of April. This is one of the biggest challenges a team has to face when going for four different trophies.
Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure said that he is not happy at Olympiakos and that he wants to return to the Premier League. He said that it has been a disappointing season for him so far and that he wants to move away from the club.
He said that he has had past experience in Greece and that he thought that it would be the same with Olympiakos but unfortunately for him, it was not the case. He said that they have a different philosophy when it comes to football and that he has found it quite difficult to adapt.
Premier League champions Manchester City are expected to retain the title at the end of this season. They played impressive football against Watford yesterday to win 2-1 and maintain their lead at the top of the table.
It seems there is no side capable to stop the Cityzens this term. Liverpool and Manchester United that resisted a bit last season seem to be going through a rough patch. Pep Guardiola is already riding on the opportunity to rewrite the history of England’s top flight.
Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has confirmed that he had made contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding a summer move from the Allianz Arena. The Germany international had a World Cup to forget after the nation were ousted at the group stage but that did not have much impact on his reputation as a player.
Speaking to German outlet WELT, the former Hamburg man confirmed that there was indeed interest from the French champions but ultimately a deal could not materialise. He added that he now remains committed to the Bundesliga holders and would continue to play to the best of his abilities for the club, he said: “There were talks with Paris, that’s no secret. The project there was interesting, the talks with Thomas Tuchel were good. That does not mean that I’m not committed to Bayern anymore. I have big goals and will continue to do everything for the club. As I have always done.”
Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has said that the team is well aware that they could seal their Premier League title win this term with victory against Manchester United.
The experienced defender is rooting for the Manchester based club to beat their city rivals and lift the title in what would surely be a pulsating game. If Pep Guardiola and his men beat Everton in their next game, they would be assured of the title with victory over Jose Mourinho and his men.
Former Manchester City and Arsenal men Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor would pair up once more as they are set to help Turkish Super League side Istanbul Basaksehir overcome Portuguese side Sporting Clube de Braga, Bulgarian side Ludogrets Razgrad, and German side Hoffenheim in Group C.
The four sides are set to do battle from next month in the group stage of the Europa League.
Sevilla recently saw off competition from the Turkish side in the Champions League qualifier while Liverpool knocked out Hoffenheim to move on.
In Group A, Spanish side Villareal will battle Maccabi Tel Aviv, Astana and Slavia Prague while Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Partizan Belgrade and Skenderbeu will clash in Group B.
Group D consists of AC Milan, Austria Vienna, Rijeka, and AEK Athens. Everton would have a field day playing French side Lyon, Serie A side Atalanta and Cyprus clubs Apollon. Group F has Lokomotiv Moscow, Sheriff Tiraspol, Zlin and Copenhagen.
A look at Samir Nasri anytime he is on the pitch shows a player who asides facing the business of the day – helping his team mates beat an opponent – loves enjoying football in the basic sense akin to the type you will find on a beach.
Dribbling, feints and fakes, sometimes joggling at the amateur level do often take the high seats in any gathering of fans. The higher you go though, the more you are admonished on the need to drop such act and focus entirely on getting the business of winning matches done.
When he left Marseille in 2008, Arsenal’s accommodation of flashy stunts within their ranks would’ve no doubt further convinced the French man that the Gunners were a group he could thrive in without much friction.
One thing he may not have realized is the fact that as players grows towards the twilight of their careers; they tend to see some sense in the need to be business minded throughout encounters because the pressure to have their name associated with a trophy kind of trumps every other desire.
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.