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Category: Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola fears Manchester City injuries before ‘crazy’ fixtures

• Manager ‘prays’ for international players to return fit• Bernardo Silva calls on team to ‘make something special’Pep Guardiola is praying none of his Manchester City players return from international duty injured and feels those overlooked by their c…

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Pep Guardiola: Juventus are Champions League favourites despite City’s stroll – video

When asked if Manchester City have a good chance of winning the Champions League now Real Madrid have been knocked out, Pep Guardiola says: ‘I won two [Champions Leagues] but lost seven. So I lost more. I’m not Real Madrid.’ The City manager believes t…

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Pep Guardiola praises ‘incredible’ Manchester City after thrashing Schalke

• Guardiola: ‘In the second half we were incredibly good’• Manager wants Bayern Munich to beat LiverpoolPep Guardiola praised goal-hungry Manchester City as “incredible” after they trounced Schalke 7-0 and said he was “sorry for the English people” but…

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Manchester City ‘still teenagers’ in Champions League, says Pep Guardiola

• Manager says team must be wary despite 3-2 lead over Schalke• Ilkay Gundogan admits he could leave City this summerPep Guardiola has given Manchester City a reality check by stating they are “still teenagers” in the Champions League.City hold a 3-2 a…

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Sterling goal prompts Pep Guardiola and Javi Gracia to call for offside clarity

• Opener against Watford was ruled offside and then allowed• Manchester City and Watford managers were both left confusedPep Guardiola and Javi Gracia both called for the offside rule to be clarified after Raheem Sterling’s controversial opening goal i…

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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola says legacy will not be tainted by FFP claims

• Uefa have opened investigation into Premier League champions• Manager insists achievements will ‘absolutely not’ be souredPep Guardiola has insisted his legacy at Manchester City will not be tarnished because of allegations of financial fair play irr…

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Guardiola: win at Bournemouth one of our best ever performances – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims his side’s 1-0 Premier League victory at Bournemouth was one of their best ever displays. City had 82% possession and prevented Bournemouth from registering a single shot on target in a result that moved the…

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Manchester City look to sign back-up for Benjamin Mendy in summer

• Defender’s injury record forces Pep Guardiola’s hand• Knee problems reduce £52m Mendy to bit-part playerBenjamin Mendy’s injury record means he cannot be relied on and Manchester City could be looking for a left-back as one of four summer signings.Pe…

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Necessity calls for Manchester City as champagne football is put on ice | Jamie Jackson

The champions may need to grind out more results as they did against West Ham if they are to retain the titleManchester City may have to grind out more unshowy wins of the kind they chalked up over West Ham on Wednesday if they are to defend their Prem…

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​’I want no excuses’: Pep Guardiola warns Manchester City players about tiredness – video

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he doesn’t want to hear any excuses about ‘tiredness, schedules, fixtures or how many games’ from his players ahead of their Premier League match against West Ham. Guardiola’s side are second, one point be…

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Guardiola tells Manchester City not to use tiredness as an excuse in title bid

• ‘I want to see the desire that we really, really want this title’• Aymeric Laporte and Fernandinho out of West Ham matchPep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players he wants “no excuses” in the final 11 games of their Premier League title def…

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Reserve teams in the lower leagues? That idea doesn’t even work in Spain

Pep Guardiola says Premier League clubs should have reserve teams in the Championship, but his argument doesn’t hold upBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsPep Guardiola regularly suggests that English football should copy the B-team system he en…

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Manchester City’s quadruple bid: no longer highly improbable, just improbable | Barney Ronay

The Carabao Cup is safely stored and City’s chances of a clean sweep may still seem fanciful but they are 20 games away from footballing nirvanaIt is probably fair to say Manchester City’s in-house team made the fawning soft-focus documentary All or No…

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri: Kepa substitution row a ‘misunderstanding’ – video

Maurizio Sarri played down the controversy between himself and Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper appeared to defy orders to be substituted during Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat to Man City. ‘It was a big misunderstanding,’ Sarri says. ‘I …

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Sarri and Kepa try to play down substitution ‘misunderstanding’

• ‘In no moment was it my intention to disobey,’ claims keeper• Italian says Arrizabalaga ‘was right, but in the wrong way’Maurizio Sarri’s grip on his position as Chelsea’s head coach has been further loosened after Kepa Arrizabalaga appeared to under…

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City’s devotion to one man and one idea a stark contrast to Chelsea’s blues | Paul Wilson

The Pep years at Manchester City have not been faultless but continuity has forged an identity Chelsea can only dream ofThe good news for Chelsea as they approach Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with something between fear and dread is that it is only a cou…

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Bernardo Silva ‘one of best players in England this season’, says Guardiola

• Manchester City manager says Silva is Portugal’s ‘biggest star’• ‘He’s a joy. I love him, it’s simple like that’Bernardo Silva’s status with Pep Guardiola is clear. “I love him,” says Manchester City’s manager, who last month warned Kevin De Bruyne t…

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Maurizio Sarri heads to Carabao Cup final as Chelsea’s dead man walking | Dominic Fifield

Wembley appearance will do little to kill the sense of inevitability over the Italian’s future at Stamford BridgeMaurizio Sarri strides out at Wembley a dead man walking. He can cling to football’s capacity to shock, and even convince himself an appear…

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I never feared sack at Manchester City like Sarri does at Chelsea, says Guardiola

• Caralan draws contrast with Chelsea’s short-term approach• Sarri’s side will be keen to avenge 6-0 loss warns GuardiolaPep Guardiola has highlighted Chelsea’s short-term approach by stating he enjoyed Manchester City’s backing in a way Antonio Conte …

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Manchester City fan in medically induced coma after alleged assault

• City supporter had been attending game against Schalke• ‘It was really tough news,’ says Pep GuardiolaThe Manchester City fan seriously injured during the win at Schalke is in a medically induced coma. Pep Guardiola has sent the 32-year-old man his b…