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Category: Pep Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola says he isn’t aware of release clause in De Bruyne’s contract – video

Pep Guardiola has denied knowledge of a release clause in Kevin De Bruyne’s contract, following reports that the Belgian playmaker might be bought out for €250m (£223m).“I don’t know anything about that,” the Manchester City manager said. “Th…

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Wolves’ attacking verve offers new approach to facing Manchester City | Nick Miller

Contained but courageous, Nuno Espírito Santo’s tactics posed Pep Guardiola’s champions serious problems at MolineuxTo give an idea of how well Wolves played on Saturday, Pep Guardiola did not seem especially upset that his side took only a point again…

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Playing promoted teams early is always tough, says Guardiola – video

Pep Guardiola joked that he would rather play newly promoted teams later in the season and paid tribute to Wolves, after Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw at Molineux. City hit the post three times but were unable to find a winner Continue readin…

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Manchester City still some way from being fully fit, says Pep Guardiola

• Premier League leaders without Bravo and De Bruyne• ‘Hopefully after the international break we will be better’Manchester City go into their game against Wolves on Saturday with six points out of six and the best goal tally in the Premier League tabl…

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Sergio Agüero embraces defending to erase Pep Guardiola’s doubts | Jonathan Wilson

Argentinian’s strike rate is up there with the best but only now is Manchester City’s all-time top scorer convincing his manager he is the finished articleManchester City beat Huddersfield 5-1 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay in March last year. Sergio …

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How Bobby Robson fought and failed to earn respect at Barcelona

The former England manager won trophies but not a second season in Catalonia, as Jonathan Wilson explains in his new bookBobby Robson had turned down Barcelona twice before, once out of loyalty to Ipswich and once out of loyalty to England. The third t…

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Benjamin Mendy dials back on phone use at Pep Guardiola’s urging

• Manchester City full-back was urged to ‘forget’ social media• ‘In the dressing room I don’t use my phone. It’s better’Benjamin Mendy has said he is taking Pep Guardiola’s advice by staying off social media when at Manchester City’s training ground or…

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Benjamin Mendy dials back on phone use at Pep Guardiola’s urging

• Manchester City full-back was urged to ‘forget’ social media• ‘In the dressing room I don’t use my phone. It’s better’Benjamin Mendy has said he is taking Pep Guardiola’s advice by staying off social media when at Manchester City’s training ground or…

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Agüero is one of the best strikers in the world, says Guardiola – video

Manchester City’s comfortable 6-1 victory over Huddersfield was topped by a Sergio Agüero hat-trick, his ninth in the Premier League. Speaking after the match manager Pep Guardiola said that ‘without a doubt’ he is one of the best in the world Ser…

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Kevin De Bruyne will be a big miss, says Pep Guardiola – video

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne is expected to miss three months of football after suffering a knee injury in training. Manager Pep Guardiola said his absence will be a significant loss to his side. City host Huddersfield at home on Sunday Continue r…

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Manchester City hopeful Kevin De Bruyne could return in two months

• Belgium midfielder’s knee injury less serious than first feared• De Bruyne travelled to Barcelona for further tests on ThursdayManchester City are hopeful that Kevin De Bruyne could return from his knee injury within two months after the Belgium midf…

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Kevin De Bruyne seen on crutches at Manchester City documentary premiere – video

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training. The Belgian midfielder arrived at the premiere of Manchester City’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary with his knee heavily strapp…

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Kevin De Bruyne seen on crutches at Manchester City documentary premiere – video

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after picking up a knee injury in training. The Belgian midfielder arrived at the premiere of Manchester City’s ‘All or Nothing’ documentary with his knee heavily strapp…

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Balancing risk and reward may be Manchester City’s biggest challenge | Jonathan Wilson

Marauding full-backs Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker give City great width but their forays could be exploited by Champions League sharksThe problem with excellence is how commonplace it can quickly come to feel. How long, you wonder, before the questio…

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Pep Guardiola: ‘We are delighted with Raheem Sterling … we count on him’

• Manchester City manager wants resolution on contract talks• ‘We’ll do our effort to make him feel we count on him’Pep Guardiola has underlined his desire to keep Raheem Sterling at Manchester City, despite talks over a new contract remaining on hold,…

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Riyad Mahrez buy embodies Pep Guardiola’s pursuit of perfection

Manchester City ran away with last year’s title but Guardiola knew he needed to add with a Champions League tilt in mindTo understand how driven Pep Guardiola is to ensure Manchester City retain the title while transforming them into true Champions Lea…

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Manchester City must use last season as inspiration, says Pep Guardiola

• City manager says players must remember triumphs of 2017-18• ‘The important thing is to be there and to be ourselves’Pep Guardiola believes he is close to implanting the ideal culture at Manchester City and says the key to a “magnificent” follow-up t…

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Pep Guardiola hits out after Douglas Luiz refused Manchester City permit

• Brazilian had been earmarked as Fernandinho understudy• Pep Guardiola ‘sad and disappointed’ at work permit decisionPep Guardiola has confirmed Douglas Luiz has been refused a work permit, with the Manchester City manager wishing the decision had bee…

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Thibaut Courtois could leave Chelsea in the coming days, admits Maurizio Sarri

• Sarri hints he will allow move if Courtois requests it• ‘I only want players with very high levels of motivation‘The Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, has suggested he is open to allowing Thibaut Courtois to depart Stamford Bridge this week if the goa…

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Jorginho first piece in the puzzle as Sarri risks friendship for midfielder

The new Chelsea manager was prepared to blow his relationship with Pep Guardiola to sign the Italian midfielderIt is a measure of how important Jorginho is to Maurizio Sarri that Chelsea’s new manager was willing to risk a friendship to sign him from N…