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Category: Pep Guardiola

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José Mourinho defends Manchester United from ‘outplayed’ claims

• ‘The game was open for 80-something minutes’• Sterling ticked off by Guardiola for late stepoversJosé Mourinho reached deep into his book of excuses after Manchester United were outplayed in the derby to fall 12 points behind the Premier League leade…

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Mourinho still rankled by Agüero while Guardiola backs Sterling before derby

• United manager ‘not such big fan’ of aspects of Agüero’s game• Guardiola says Sterling doesn’t deserve criticism over penaltyRaheem Sterling unintentionally put the issue of diving on the pre-Manchester derby agenda with his Norman Wisdom impersonati…

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Fernandinho: ‘I always listen to Pep, even at my age I can improve’

At 33 Manchester City’s defensive-midfield rock is delighted with life as one of the team’s few automatic picksPep Guardiola the manager paid Fernandinho a heartfelt compliment a couple of weeks ago, when he suggested Guardiola the player might find it…

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Play the United way: how Mourinho can unhinge Manchester City in derby | Jonathan Wilson

All Mourinho’s instincts will be to kill the game but going for broke represents his best chance of another famous winWhen people said they wanted José Mourinho to make Manchester United more like Alex Ferguson’s treble winners, this, presumably, isn’t…

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Would Pep Guardiola win the title with this Manchester United squad? | Paul Wilson

The gap between the two Manchester clubs appears to be growing but that may be more down to City having a clear plan for the future rather than who is in the dugoutIf it is the Manchester derby on Sunday then it must be time to wheel out the arguments …

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Raheem Sterling not scared anymore, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola – video

Pep Guardiola has warned rivals there is more to come from Raheem Sterling after the winger inspired Manchester City to a 6-1 rout of Southampton which sent them back to the top of the Premier League. Sterling scored twice, taking h…

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Pep Guardiola hits back at Gary Neville’s ‘tactical fouling’ claim – video

Pep Guardiola has rubbished claims his side are masters of ‘tactical fouling’ after TV pundit Gary Neville suggested Manchester City players were clever at the sort of innocuous foul that stops the game and prevents opponents breaking quickly.&nbs…

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Pep Guardiola cries foul over Gary Neville’s television accusations

• Pundit said Manchester City commit many technical fouls• ‘I would never ask my players to deliberately foul an opponent’Pep Guardiola has launched an impassioned defence of his tactics and footballing philosophy after Gary Neville accused Manchester …

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Pep Guardiola admits he was wrong to call Spurs the ‘Harry Kane team’

• Man City manager says Tottenham match is vital in title race• ‘When you play against the contenders it’s almost six points’Pep Guardiola has said Tottenham Hotspur have shown he was wrong to describe them the “Harry Kane team” last year.Guardiola’s M…

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Pressing is risky but the best way to ruffle Pep Guardiola’s feathers | Jonathan Wilson

Tottenham came unstuck when they pressed high at the Etihad last season but it was preferable to their timid performance against Manchester City at WembleyTottenham would press them, push high up the pitch, even from goal-kicks. They’d be aggressive an…

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Pep Guardiola lays down the law to Manchester City’s dropped players

• Squad must deal with their disappointment professionally • ‘If they have bad moods … they are not going to play’ he saysPep Guardiola has warned his Manchester City players that they must retain the correct attitude in training after being dropped or…

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Pep Guardiola: I rushed to Manchester Arena to find family after terror attack

• Manchester City manager’s family caught up in attack• Guardiola promises not to manage another team in EnglandPep Guardiola has revealed he rushed to Manchester Arena after hearing his wife and daughters were caught up in last year’s terror attack.Th…

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Barcelona v Inter: revisiting their Champions League classic in 2010

Inter face Barcelona this week for the first time since their glorious victory in the Champions League semi-finals in 2010By Fergal McAlinden for These Football TimesInternazionale’s return to the Champions League for the first time in six seasons will…

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Pep Guardiola: Man City missing ‘something special’ to win Champions League – video

Pep Guardiola has said he doesn’t feel Manchester City are ready to win the Champions League. Speaking ahead of his team’s match against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, Guardiola said “something special” was missing from the club’s bid to conquer Europe. …

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Pep Guardiola calls on Manchester City fans to find their fire in Europe

• Manager implies fans lack enthusiasm for Champions League • Shakhtar Donetsk to present City with formidable taskAs the plane carrying Manchester City flew east towards the fringes of what is fast becoming Europe’s forgotten war, Pep Guardiola was on…

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Thierry Henry forgets about translator during first Monaco press conference – video

Thierry Henry says Pep Guardiola will provide the ‘reference’ for him as he begins his managerial career at Monaco. The France and Arsenal legend starts his ‘dream job’ with a trip to Strasbourg in Ligue 1 on Saturday.’This club will alw…

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Thierry Henry will seek to emulate Pep Guardiola’s approach at Monaco

• Henry a big admirer of the former Barcelona manager• ‘Pep is the reference for me, I’m not saying for everyone’Pep Guardiola will provide the “reference” for Thierry Henry as he begins his managerial career at Monaco.The Manchester City manager worke…

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No sign of Premier League procession as Chelsea and Arsenal up their games | Paul Wilson

Pep Guardiola’s refusal to countenance a two-horse race for the title may have merit and other leagues look similarly openWhen Pep Guardiola was asked whether he thought the Premier League was turning into a two-horse race last week, before Manchester …

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The Pep commandments: how lessons learned at Bayern stymied Liverpool | Jonathan Wilson

Pep Guardiola went back to the basics of Cruyffism at Anfield and in doing so showed new-found flexibility and pragmatismEighteen games into Pep Guardiola’s second season as manager of Bayern Munich, his side lost 4-1 at Wolfsburg. It was their first d…

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Pep Guardiola: it was my choice to deny Gabriel Jesus penalty against Liverpool

• ‘Jesus wanted to take it. I apologise. It was my decision’• Jürgen Klopp hopeful James Milner injury is not seriousPep Guardiola has apologised to Gabriel Jesus after refusing the Manchester City striker’s request to take the late penalty at Liverpoo…