• Morning Editorial: Stakes Higher Than Ever For Mourinho And Guardiola Ahead Of Derby

    The prospect of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho going head-to-head for the Premier League title was a mouth-watering one in August, but it hasn’t quite worked out the way either manager would have hoped. They meet again at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, and Guardiola's City side will go for a repeat of their win over Mourinho's United in September. That win put City top of the table, but it is a long time since either Manchester club was in that position. ...

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  • Whiteboard Extra: Raheem Sterling: Underrated or Overrated?

    Underrated, or overrated, depending on who you speak to, Raheem Sterling certainly splits opinion. But the stats show that he’s currently enjoy his best season in terms of attacking output. I’m joined by Alex Stewart to talk about his resurgence under Pep Guardiola, his international hopes, and the swathe of unfair, negative criticism levelled against him. ...

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  • Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola Remind Us What Football Is Really About

    Before and after Chelsea’s pivotal recent clash with Manchester City, there was little indication of a burgeoning rivalry. In the pre- and post-match comments made by the managers, the overarching feeling was one of pure professionalism and respect, even admiration. "My opinion about my colleague (Antonio) Conte is that he's superb," said Pep Guardiola in the build-up to the heavily anticipated match. “He’s an excellent manager, I learn a lot when I see his teams…Maybe he's the best.” ...

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  • Vincent Kompany Rallies Against Injury Nightmare

    It was during a Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv that things really began to appear serious. Just a few minutes into the first knockout round second-leg, Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany winced, fell to the ground and signalled that he needed to come off. The captain had already missed 27 of City’s 46 games that season and here, just as his comeback was getting underway, his calf problems recurred. At that point, after so many injuries, doubts began to surface about whether Kompany would ever be able to reach his previous levels. ...

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  • Gerónimo Rulli Has Earned His Shot At Man City’s Goalkeeping Gloves

    Perhaps the most curious aspect of Manchester City’s goalkeeping merry-go-round is that the most promising of the goalkeepers they had on their books last summer is the one who hasn’t made an appearance for them this season. In fact, Gerónimo Rulli has never played a game for the Sky Blues and has only ever been on their books for a matter of days. ...

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  • Tactics Explained: New York City FC

    Patrick Vieira, the lynchpin of the most successful Arsenal side of recent years, cut his teeth as manager of an exciting, attractive Manchester City U23s side. He is now in charge of New York City FC. This video examines the team's style under their young manager. ...

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  • Morning Editorial: Manchester City Are A Greater Challenge Than Assumed For Guardiola

    Following Manchester City’s 1-1 draw to Liverpool, Pep Guardiola was surprisingly open and honest about his feelings toward the club. The 46-year-old even told journalists after the game on Sunday: "It is one of the happiest days of my career as a manager. I am so proud,” which was out of character to say the least. But what we witnessed was, perhaps for the first time, Pep truly committing himself to City’s cause, after realising what an exciting job he has on his hands. ...

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  • Manchester City Face A Defensive-Midfield Dilemma This Summer

    It all seems forgotten now but, for a large part of this season, Yaya Toure appeared surplus to requirements at Manchester City. The public feud between Pep Guardiola and agent Dimitri Seluk was genuine but suspicions remained that it was a convenient veneer for the former Bayern Munich head coach. As their time together at Barcelona had demonstrated, Guardiola just didn’t fancy Toure, or so the logic ran. But, now, Toure has returned to play a key role in the City side. He is, ahead of anyone else, the man who sits in front of the back four, starting things off and dictating what happens ahead of him. ...

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  • Why Antonio Conte Is Unlikely To Stay Beyond Three Years At Chelsea

    Last Wednesday, Luis Enrique revealed his intention to leave Barcelona in the summer after three taxing years in charge. When informed of the news following Manchester City’s FA Cup replay win over Huddersfield, Pep Guardiola expressed gratitude for all Enrique had done for “his club”. ...

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  • Tactics Explained: Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim

      At 29 years young, Julian Nagelsmann is the youngest coach in the Bundesliga. Injured out of the game as a youth player, Nagelsmann committed himself to coaching. With his mantra "coaching is 30% tactics & 70% social competence", you'd be forgiven for assuming that Nagelsmann wasn't a tactician - but at Hoffenheim, the young coach has borne a mouthwateringly modern set-up, heavily influenced by the great tacticians of the past. ...

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