• 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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  • Morning Editorial: Manchester City’s Goalkeeping Situation Requires A Guardiola Climbdown

    Thursday, 9am. "The performance from Claudio was amazing. He can start build-ups like no-one else can do." Pep Guardiola at his contrary best. ...

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  • Manchester City’s Love/Hate Relationship With UEFA’s Golden Goose

    It is one of the most beautiful competitions to play. Maybe not the most important, but the most beautiful.” So said Pep Guardiola ahead of last Tuesday’s carnival of chaos that was Manchester City v Monaco and it’s hardly surprising that UEFA’s golden goose brings out the Spaniard’s romantic side considering his impressive Champions League pedigree with all its accompanying memories. Twice he has been hurled aloft in triumph by his Barcelona players while three successive semi-final exits at Bayern Munich presumably only strengthened his reasoning that the tournament is the ultimate litmus test to quantify greatness. For Pep it’s the stage that facilitates, and sometimes rewards, his obsessive quest for innovative perfection. ...

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  • Manchester City Cannot Keep Hiding From Their Defensive Problems

    Manchester City overcame AS Monaco at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening in a thrilling 5-3 affair, leaving many supporters in an understandably joyous mood. But Pep Guardiola’s men must consolidate their defensive frailties if they wish to seriously compete with the other elite European sides in the race for Champions League glory. ...

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  • Raheem Sterling: A Re-Animation With A Guardiola Assist

    On the basis of Tuesday night's chaotic 5-3 win over Monaco, Manchester City are still a work in progress. Raheem Sterling, though, continued a steady trend of improvement which dates back almost to Pep Guardiola's arrival at the club. After the victimisation he suffered in 2016 and which has continued into the new year, it's proven to be one of the more satisfying storylines of the season. In fact, quite the rebuttal to Joey Barton's assertion that, were it not for his pace, Sterling likely wouldn't have made it as a professional. Yes, Barton was presumably just foraging for attention with his comments, but they were reflective of the movement against the Manchester City forward.  ...

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