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Category: Pep Guardiola

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Genesis, Revelation … Exodus: has Guardiola reached City endgame | Barney Ronay

Guardiola is generally in one of three phases of engagement – it is tempting to conclude we are in this third stage now, that the Pep exodus has begunThis is the end, beautiful friend. Or rather, it may just be a vision of it. Watching Pep Guardiola ca…

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The Fiver | Difficult to imagine quite how Pep could have gone more Basil Fawlty

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Short of dashing out of his technical area to procure a tree branch with which to give Mike Dean a damned good thrashing, it’s difficult to imagine quite how Pep Guardiola could have gone more Basil Fa…

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Pep Guardiola calls on referees’ chief for explanation on handball

• Manchester City manager claimed offence by Alexander-Arnold• Fabinho fired opening goal for Liverpool 22 seconds laterPep Guardiola said the referees’ chief Mike Riley should explain the latest controversy involving VAR as his Manchester City team fe…

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‘Don’t ask me, ask the referees’: Pep Guardiola on Liverpool defeat – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was visibly upset after his side’s 3-1 defeat away at Liverpool. He was asked about the first goal of the game, a long-range effort from Liverpool’s Fabinho that came after the ball hit Trent Alexander-Arnold’s han…

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‘We are never underdogs’: Pep Guardiola undaunted by crucial trip to Liverpool

• Guardiola says Anfield ‘tougher place to go’ than Camp Nou• City manager targets side’s second win at Anfield in 38 yearsPep Guardiola has described Liverpool as probably the strongest team in the world at the moment but dismissed the idea that his M…

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Pep Guardiola to set City scheme to the extreme for Anfield summit | Barney Ronay

Early-season tussle between title rivals will see Guardiola turning up the intensity and going the Full MidfielderIt is, of course, absurd to talk about title deciders in early November. As Liverpool and Manchester City prepare to meet at Anfield on Su…

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Five key questions for Manchester City before facing Liverpool | Jamie Jackson

Pep Guardiola must address problems in defence and attack as he seeks a first win at Anfield since arriving in England in 2016At this juncture the answer has to be yes as the champions’ points return is the lowest since Pep Guardiola’s first season whe…

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Pep Guardiola backs Claudio Bravo to step up in Ederson’s absence

• Manchester City’s back-up keeper will face Liverpool• Bravo has not started a Premier League game for 18 monthsPep Guardiola has demanded respect for Claudio Bravo’s record at Manchester City before the goalkeeper replaces the injured Ederson at Live…

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‘We have to be brave’: Liverpool will hold nothing back against Manchester City, says Klopp – video

Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have been speaking to the media ahead of their top-of-the-table clash on Sunday. ‘Everyone in the stadium has to be in top shape,’ Klopp said. ‘The guys who sell hot dogs have to be in top shape.’Meanwhile, Guardiola desc…

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Pep Guardiola needs Champions League win with City to join all-time greats | Eni Aluko

Guardiola is about to face Jürgen Klopp in the league, a manager who has possibly outstripped the SpaniardDespite their draw against Atalanta at San Siro, Manchester City top their Champions League group and need only a point from their two remaining g…

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Can Liverpool v Manchester City be accepted as England’s biggest game? | Paul Wilson

Relations between Klopp and Guardiola and historical rivalries mean this fixture is a long way from the Battle of the BuffetCrunch time arrives in the Premier League at the weekend. It is only necessary to glance at the league table now or last season …

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Ederson limps off for Manchester City and a doubt for big game with Liverpool

• Goalkeeper was substituted at half-time against Atalanta• Pep Guardiola happy if Claudio Bravo starts at AnfieldManchester City could be without Ederson for the match at Liverpool on Sunday because of a muscular problem that forced the goalkeeper off…

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Pep Guardiola in climbdown over claim that Liverpool’s Sadio Mané dives

• Manchester City manager speaks of his admiration for Mané • Guardiola stonewalls questions about City’s ‘tactical fouls’Pep Guardiola has retracted his claim that Liverpool’s Sadio Mané is a diver, with the Manchester City manager also saying he did …

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Bloody-minded characters could lift Pep Guardiola to greater success | Daniel Harris

Manchester City manager could have won even more if he had incorporated a greater range of personalities in his teamsOne of the many tragedies of humanity is that the things we like in others – and in ourselves – are strongly related to the things we d…

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Pep Guardiola credits scouting for ‘80%’ of Manchester City’s success

• Sporting director bought De Bruyne, Jesus, Laporte and Ederson• Manager impressed by ‘exceptional’ Ilkay Gündogan in midfieldPep Guardiola believes scouting is Manchester City’s key department, with the manager rating it as “80%” of the team’s succes…

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Pep Guardiola echoes Klopp’s comments on football fixture congestion – video

On the eve of meeting Southampton for the second time in the space of four days, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he agreed with Liverpool counterpart Jürgen Klopp that there are too many games for top-flight players.Earlier this week, Klopp …

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‘The Romário-fication of Raheem’: how Manchester City transformed Sterling

The inside story of how Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta got the best from the England forward, including in their own wordsRaheem Sterling joined City the year before Pep Guardiola left Bayern Munich, in July 2015, for a record £50m – at that time the h…

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Manchester City ‘still not ready’ to win Champions League, says Guardiola

• Manager wants team to be more clinical in front of goal• ‘We create a lot, don’t concede, but can improve’Pep Guardiola has claimed Manchester City are “still not ready” to win the Champions League because they are not clinical enough in front of goa…

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Liverpool are unstoppable right now, admits Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola

• Jürgen Klopp’s side have eight point lead over City at the top• ‘Chelsea and Arsenal are also getting better. The level is rising’Pep Guardiola has conceded Liverpool look unstoppable but believes it is too early in the season to make any predictions…

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Crystal Palace and the knack: how the Eagles became Man City’s bogey team | Ben Fisher

Jason Puncheon – now playing in Cyprus – talks tactics, Roy Hodgson and Palace’s mentality before City’s visit to LondonWith Manchester City lagging eight points behind Liverpool, a visit to Selhurst Park represents an awkward test as Pep Guardiola’s s…