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.
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.
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.
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.
Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrinihas a summer wish-list which includes players such as: Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling just to name a few of the performers that he wants to sign within the next few weeks.
The Chilean manager is under heavy pressure after failing to win any trophy in this past season and he was even being rumored of getting the sacked treatment due to this failure but the head chiefs of Manchester City decided to give Manuel Pellegrini one more season, one more chance for him to step it up and start lifting major trophies.
Manchester City concluded the past season on the 2nd spot and even though it was a very good position to end their campaign, they were never truly considered to be as genuine contenders of competing against Chelsea.
Chelsea dominated the Premier League in the previous season but Manuel Pellegrini is hoping that he can change this and turn Manchester City into the champions of England.
Manuel Pellegrini already has at his disposal top quality players such as: Sergio Aguero, YayaToure, Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri and David Silva but the Chilean manager wants to improve his team even further and he has a large list of players that he desires to sign in the summer.