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.
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.
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.