Mou against Guardiola, the fox hunting and the beginning of the battles

Soccer is a sport that millions of people love, however, during the hiatus of the national calls, a feeling of emptiness in fans most fervent of club competitions. The Premier League It is one of those that paused its course for two weeks to return with matchday 9.

  • A duel seen elsewhere

The ball in the islands rolled on the grass of the St. James’ Park, with a duel between Newcastle y Chelsea. The locals wanted to add the three points in their fiefdom and thus rise in the table, but their own defender, Federico Fernández, and Tammy Abraham they put the 0-2 that served the blues to achieve a result that puts them in positions with access to the Champions League.

From the north of the country, the spotlights moved to Birmingham, where they disputed their clash Aston Villa and Brighton. The seagulls did not take long to sting the villains, and it is that Welbeck beat Emi Martínez with an unappealable Vaseline, although Thus he tied the contest shortly after the break. Finally, March resolved the match for the seagulls, who suffered with the expulsion of Lamptey and a play that made the referee doubt the discount, but the VAR indicated that there was nothing punishable and that visitor victory was certified by 1-2.

However, and after these two confrontations, the highlight of the day arrived, the Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City. What was going to be a duel with a clear ball for the sky blues it was not so, since the spurs they went against it, and with just five minutes left on the clock, who else, Son Heung-Min made it 1-0. Guardiola could not believe that this duel escaped him, along with the options to cut points from the leaders, but Mourinho returned as a ghost from the past and in an adjustment he made in the 65th minute he sentenced the game. Celso He came out on the pitch replacing Ndombele, and with 35 seconds on the green, beat Ederson to put your outfit at the top of the league with 20 points and get a 2-0 against one of the favorites of the competition.

While the blue side of Manchester left points in London, the red neighbor prepared the mythical Old Trafford to receive the West Bromwich Albion. The devils offered a game of possession, but could not overcome the defensive wall of the baggies, until the usual from the penalty spot, Bruno Fernandes put the final 1-0. In this way, the Manchester United rose to ninth place, although with one game less than many of his immediate rivals, and with a hypothetical victory on that day he would be in Europa League positions.

  • Those of Liverpool do not loosen nor in Sunday

Sunday was a new day of football in the Premier League, and it opened with the Fulham against Everton. The toffes They wanted to get back on that road at the beginning of the campaign to fight for a continental ticket, while the Londoners could not miss those long-awaited points that could be worth a salvation on Matchday 38. Soon, very soon, the Merseyside matador, Calvert-Lewin he scored the first of the goals, although at a quarter hour of play, Reid put the tables at Craven Cottage. Carletto’s boys charged again and, again, Calvert-Lewin put his own ahead. English already adds 10 goals with this double, and his partner, Abdoulaye Doucuré signed the 1-3 before the break. The locals reacted late to the attacks of their rival, with a Cavaleiro penalty that went into limbo and a gol de Loftus-Cheek that served nothing more than to make up the 2-3 final.

The evening session continued its march, this time with the exciting Sheffield United contra West Ham United. The blades arrived at the bottom and with a single point achieved, while the hammers they wanted to bring joy to David Moyes and maintain his upward progression. The three o’clock cement sandwich in Sheffield made the locals indigestible and they succumbed due to the goal of the French striker, Sebastien haller. Those of Chris Wilder had the opportunities, since they ran into the wood up to two occasions, one with Mcgoldrick and another with Mcburnie, but they did not reach that necessary luck and are still in the well of the classification, each time further away from the combined who presumably will be struggling to be out of Championship in 2021.

Once the referee signaled the end of that nightmare on Bramall Lane, the Leeds United vs. Arsenal, in a duel that was presented with high expectations for the fans. Those of Bielsa took an advantage in the course of the crash, because Pépé lost his papers and hit Alioski with a head butt, in what was interpreted as an assault and a direct red. When the gunners stayed with ten men on Ellan Road, got a flurry of chances whites, but all of them ran into, well with Leno (four stops) or with the post, up to three times. The hat-trick of pitches that touched the goal was made by Rodrigo, Bamford and Rapinha, already in the last minutes. Both came out with a bittersweet flavor, although with the knowledge that they are good points to continue adding.

To end this Sunday day, the Premier League gave a Liverpool against the leader, the Leicester City. The reds went out to eat the rival, while the foxes maintained the strategy of waiting and going against it, giving all the responsibility to Jamie Vardy. However, this style that earned him the victory against Arsenal did not work against the reigning champion. Evans scored an own goal, so the options have already decreased, but Diogo Jota finished hunting the foxes with the 2-0 before the break. Firmino, already in the final moments, finished off the team of Brendan Rodgers and the Liverpool equaled Tottenham at the top of the standings with 20 points but a lower goal difference (+5).

Despite the fact that it has always been played on the weekend, senior officials rule and games are also played on Mondays, as happened to Burnley y al Crystal Palace, who clashed their interests on Turf Moor. The early goal of Wood At eight minutes it marked the sign of the match, and the eagles failed to regain this initial disadvantage. In this way the clarets they climb out of the descent and add their first win of the Bell.

To end this exciting ninth date of the English championship, the Wolves to host Southampton. The course of the match had comings and goings for both teams, but somewhat from an old acquaintance, Theo Walcott opened the scoring and put the 0-1 for the saints. Much insistence later, the Wolves warned, until in the 75th minute Raúl Jiménez shot the post, something that the newly incorporated Molineux Stadium took advantage of, Pedro Neto finished at pleasure for the tables. Again the Mexican striker put the scare in the body of Southampton, by beating his goalkeeper, but it was not worth it as he was offside. With 1-1 the final moments of this last battle were settled on matchday 9 of the 2020/2021 Premier League, but this does not stop, and in seven days the same emotions will be experienced again, and even stronger.

Newcastle 0 – 2 Chelsea:

Fernandez 10 ‘; Abraham 65 ‘.

Aston Villa 1 – 2 Brighton & Hove Albion:

Welbeck 12 ‘; Thus 47 ‘; March 56 ‘.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 0 Manchester City:

They are 5′; Lo Celso 65 ‘.

Manchester United 1 – 0 West Bromwich Albion:

Bruno Fernandes 56 ‘.

Fulham 2 – 3 Everton:

Calvert-Lewin 1’; Reid 15’; Calvert Lewin 29’; Doucuré 35’; Loftus-Cheek 70’.

Sheffield United 0 – 1 West Ham United:

Haller 5’.

Leeds United 0 – 0 Arsenal.

Liverpool 3 – 0 Leicester City:

Evans 21 ‘; Diogo Jota 41 ‘; Firmino 86 ‘.

Burnley 1 – 0 Crystal Palace:

Wood 8′.

Wolves 1 – 1 Southampton:

Walcott 58 ‘; Neto 75 ‘.


Barcelona rule out Memphis Depay in January and, if they can, will go for Eric Garcia

Piqué’s injury recomposes the planning for January and the club will bet on the center-back but first it has to sell.


This time yes there has been a change of plans in the market after Gerard Piqué’s injury. Pending the observation that Dr. Ramon Cugat will submit to the central office next Wednesday, Barcelona know that they will not be able to count on him for a longer period than is desirable so that will throw in the rest to incorporate Eric Garcia during the winter market. It remains to be seen if it reaches him to convince Manchester City, anyway.

As advanced “RKB” and was able to confirm Goal Barcelona is already clear that prioritize the incorporation of a central during the winter market. In a context in which they do not want to commit pointless signings, as happened with the arrivals of Jayson Murillo and Kevin-Prince Boateng in 2018, the club will only be reinforced with players of proven quality and who represent strategic opportunities for the club. In this context, Eric is first on the list.

The central, priority; Depay, almost ruled out

Until Piqué’s injury, the priority had been to incorporate Memphis Depay for various reasons. The first is that the team still has a hard time transforming the chances it generates. Furthermore, Olympique Lyon is more receptive than Manchester City to accepting a downward offer to accept a transfer and prevent either of them from going free in the summer.

However, the position of central defender has become a priority when the prolonged absence of the Catalan central defender is known. Koeman himself said Monday that “There are two or three positions where we need something, and one is the central one” so that if you have to choose one of the two, Barcelona will bet on Eric. Another thing is that you get their services in January.

To sign you have to sell

Barcelona is convinced that the player is about to return to the club where he was formed and from January 1 you can even trade freely with him because contract ends in June 2021 but In order to get you on board during the winter market, you have to close several sales with which to build an offer interesting enough as to convince City, which in summer asked for no less than 20 million euros to transfer to the central.

Equally, there is a salary limit. The club is still pending to reach an agreement with a large part of the workforce to reduce by 190 million the budget item dedicated to salaries, another issue that must be resolved for LaLiga to allow Barcelona to sign up new players so As much as Eric is already the priority objective, first we will have to sell. Either due to the salary issue or to enter a pinch to offer later to the City.


Loris Karius also played for Manchester City

Far is that 2018 Champions League final between the Liverpool and Real Madrid. However, he is still very present in the career of Loris Karius, to the point that he has not been able to turn the page because he continues to belong to the English team. To forget such a nightmare, he left for Turkey to change his course, but he did not succeed.

The German goalkeeper has made mistakes both in the Turkish league and in the Europa League. Even Loris Karius himself was booed by the fans for the occasional sung, even asking for a change because he was psychologically overcome, but coach Senol Gunes refused.

After this bad experience, he decided to return to his native country to join the ranks of the Berlin Union to redeem his professional career and feel safe under the stick again. But nevertheless, Loris Karius He became one of the most promising goalkeepers on the Old Continent, where he ended up proving it in Mainz 05.

I knew England before arriving at Anfield

The German goal was in the Manchester City with just 16 years. His first experience in England was in the ‘citizen’ box, something that perhaps many were unaware of. The scouts of the ‘sky blue’ team discovered him in Germany and he emigrated to the quarry of the English team eleven seasons ago. In an interview for ‘Sky Sports’, Loris Karius remembers his time in Manchester: “I played with the Under 18 and Under 21, and trained every day with the first team, with Joe Hart, he was a great guy and he helped me a lot back then. He was a great role model. “

However, his stage would not be very long, since he did not see progress in his career and did not finish settling in the first team, so he decided to return to his country to succeed: “It was quite difficult for a young player, especially as goalkeeper, so I thought I’d have to go out to a smaller club. “


New step back for City in their title aspirations after losing to Tottenham

The South Korean Son Heung-min (5) and the Argentine Giovani Lo Celso (65) were the authors of the goals of the ‘Spurs’, which in this way reached 20 points and surpassed Chelsea, which had been placed provisional leader of the English championship after winning 2-0 in their visit to Newcastle (13th).

The team coached by Pep Guardiola is stuck in the middle of the table, 10th with 12 points after having already lost half of the points played, four days after visiting Olympiakos to seal their classification to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

A few days after announcing the renewal of the Catalan coach’s contract, Guardiola’s men did not offer their best version, hardly bringing danger to the opposing goal (except for an occasion by Gabriel Jesus in the 9th minute and a goal annulled by the VAR to Aymeric Laporte) and again showing a defensive weakness that cost City both goals.

Earlier, Chelsea won 2-0 on their visit to an apathetic Newcastle (13th), who needed an hour to enter the game, which Frank Lampard’s players took advantage of to dominate the match and raise their self-esteem in the face of the trip to Rennes on Tuesday in the Champions League.

Chelsea’s tactical, technical, physical and psychological dominance was total, superior for example to what it had shown three weeks ago in the Champions League against Rennes (3-0).

The ‘Blues’ prevailed with a goal against Argentine defender Federico Fernández (10) and a goal from Tammy Abraham (65), although the result could have been much more bulky if the London forwards had been more effective.

The London team’s convincing performance came without Brazilian Thiago Silva, who has just returned from the World Cup qualifiers in South America, and whose role in defensive stabilization was essential in October.

The surprise had come shortly before, with the defeat at home of Aston Villa (6th) against a Brigthon that moves away from the relegation zone.

Danny Welbeck put the visitors ahead (12) and although Ezni Konsa Ngoyo tied for the locals as soon as the second half started, the three points flew from Villa Park with a goal from Solly March (56).

Saturday’s day will end with the visit of West Brom (18th) to Manchester United (14th) in a duel for the needy.

– Results of the matches of the 9th day of the English championship:

– Saturday:

Newcastle – Chelsea 0 – 2

Aston Villa – Brighton 1 – 2

Tottenham – Manchester City 2 – 0

(20h00 GMT) Mánchester United – West Bromwich

– Sunday:

(12h00 GMT) Fulham – Everton

(14h00 GMT) Sheffield United – West Ham

(16h30 GMT) Leeds – Arsenal

(19h15 GMT) Liverpool – Leicester

– Monday:

(17h30 GMT) Burnley – Crystal Palace

(20h00 GMT) Wolverhampton – Southampton

Classification: Pts JGEP GF GC Diff

1. Tottenham 20 9 6 2 1 21 9 12

2. Chelsea 18 9 5 3 1 22 10 12

3. Leicester 18 8 6 0 2 18 9 9

4. Liverpool 17 8 5 2 1 18 16 2

5. Southampton 16 8 5 1 2 16 12 4

6. Aston Villa 15 8 5 0 3 19 11 8

7. Everton 13 8 4 1 3 16 14 2

8. Crystal Palace 13 8 4 1 3 12 12 0

9. Wolverhampton 13 8 4 1 3 8 9 -1

10. Manchester City 12 8 3 3 2 10 11 -1

11. Arsenal 12 8 4 0 4 9 10 -1

12. West Ham 11 8 3 2 3 14 10 4

13. Newcastle 11 9 3 2 4 10 15 -5

14. Manchester United 10 7 3 1 3 12 14 -2

15. Leeds 10 8 3 1 4 14 17 -3

16. Brighton 9 9 2 3 4 13 15 -2

17. Fulham 4 8 1 1 6 7 15 -8

18. West Bromwich 3 8 0 3 5 6 17 -11

19. Burnley 2 7 0 2 5 3 12 -9

20. Sheffield United 1 8 0 1 7 4 14 -10


Tottenham vs Manchester City (2-0): Chair from Mou to Guardiola

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Mexico City / 21.11.2020 13:36:00

In a duel over the rivalry between José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, the Tottenham was imposed 2-0 about him Manchester City in the Matchday 9 from Premier League to be the leader of the competition.

With this result the Spurs reached 20 points and they are in first place, followed by Chelsea with 18. While the Cityzens are in tenth position with 12 points.

The meeting was very morbid for the enmity what’s between Mou Y Pep, same which started from the stage they led Real Madrid and Barcelona. This was chapter 24 and it meant the seventh triumph for the Portuguese, by 10 for the Catalan and seven draws

The game was a classic duel between the two, with Londoners playing more on their side of the field, but that did not prevent al 5’ appear Son Heung-Min to open the scoreboard after assistance from Harry Kane.

The second fell at 65 ‘ through Young Lo Celso in a great collective play that ended at the hands of the Argentine and he defined before the goalkeeper’s departure Ederson.

The next duel of the Tottenham It will be on Thursday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. against the Lugorets by Europa League. Meanwhile he Manchester City visit to Olympiakos a day before by Champions League.


I’m going to make Odegaard the best in the world: Pep Guardiola

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Mexico City / 21.11.2020 08:37:30

Pep Guardiola is one of the best trainers today, now in the Manchester City, but in his stage with him Bayern Munich wanted to sign Martin Odegaard in 2015, when the player was barely 15 years old and was fought by half of Europe, as revealed Jan Age Fjørtoft, former Norwegian player.

“¡You have to bring that boy to Munich, you have to bring it to Munich! I will make him the best player in the world… ”, Were Guardiola’s words to Fjørtoft in a ministage of the German club in Qatar, as he said on the Here We Go podcast.

That time Odegaard was still active in Strømsgodset and both the coach of the Norwegian National Team and the family of the midfielder met to see what his future would be. I saw Liverpool, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich among the main destinations.

“Later, when we returned, I, as the coach of the Norwegian team, invited Martin, his father and the coach of the team to my house. At that time I wrote down on a paper, I like dramaturgy, what four clubs that at the time I thought were closer to signing Odegaard. Liverpool, Arsenal, Bayern Munich Y Real Madrid”He added.

It hurt Bayern not to sign Odegaard

Finally Odegaard ended up in Madrid Y in Munich it hurt a lot that I didn’t sign with them, since they wanted it so much that they could have gotten a second team just to have it, since that was one reason why he left with the Spanish team.

Michael Reschke, who is now at Schalke, was responsible for hiring in Munich at the time. I met him after Martin chose to go to the Real Madrid and I said: ‘If I had known the second team would be crucial, I would have built a second team to get it, ‘”he said.


Guardiola wants Lionel Messi to retire at Barcelona

Josep Guardiola’s Manchester City has always been the main candidate to sign Lionel Messi. First, It is one of the few teams that has the financial support to pay the high price and salary of the Flea and second, his relationship with Pep could be crucial in the decision of the Argentine star.

The best stage in Messi’s career was with the Spanish coach in the best Barcelona of all time. This is why Leo would see with good eyes meeting the DT. But nevertheless, Pep himself assured that he hopes that La Pulga does not leave Barça.

At a press conference after his renewal with City, Guardiola said that “Leo Messi is a Barcelona player. If you ask me my opinion as a person to whom Barça has given everything, has formed … my wish is that Messi ends his career there “.

“I would like to see him retire there. I would love to, really, I have said it a thousand times. This is my opinion as a Barça fan. I don’t know what will go through his head. But the transfer market is not until June“he added.

On the other hand, Pep highlighted the reasons that led him to renew with Manchester City until 2023: “In a pandemic context, the club has not benefited from government aid. They have not touched the salaries of any worker, not only players and staff but in all departments. They haven’t fired anyone, and they are going to pay all the bonuses to the employees. Seeing this speaks of the identity that there is as a club“.

Finally, Guardiola was amazed by Ferran Torres’ performance in Spain’s win over Germany and analyzed his next match against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham: “Ferran did a great performance, I am delighted with him. Ruben Dias also scored two goals. I am very satisfied with my players“.

Tottenham’s numbers speak for themselves. Mourinho has gotten what he wanted from his team. They have been an exceptional team for the last five or six years, with Pochettino at the helm. They have always been a tough opponent“, Hill.


How is the history between Guardiola and Mourinho: Who has more titles and more victories

It is the 24th confrontation between the Portuguese and the Catalan coach. Both are the rival they have faced the most times on a bench.

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José Mourinho and Pep Guardiola meet this weekend at Tottenham – Manchester City. He is, without a doubt, the rival on the benches that each of these two methodical and mediatic coaches has faced the most times. A rivalry that was born in 2009, in the heart of a tough tie between Inter and Barcelona, ​​and that reaches its 24th chapter.

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Mourinho and Guardiola embodied the dichotomy on the benches in the 21st century, the European version of the also eternal debate between Menotti and Bilardo, like the division that existed in music between the Beatles and the Rolling, between Oasis and Blur. As if in life there was only one white or another black, and not several shades of gray. As if there were no Wengers or Fergusons. As if there were no Led Zeppelin or Suede.

With the passage of time and, especially, since Mourinho and Guardiola left the disciplines of Real Madrid and Barcelona, ​​the effervescence of their crashes has lost fierceness, maintaining intensity and curiosity. The curiosity of knowing which is the blackboard that will find the route to success.



Inter 0-0 Barcelona Champions League (FG) Sep 2009
Barcelona 2-0 Inter Champions League (FG) November 2009 Guardiola
Inter 3-1 Barcelona Champions League (SF) April 2010 Mourinho
Barcelona 1-0 Inter Champions League (SF) April 2010 Guardiola (2)


Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid LaLiga November 2010 Guardiola (3)
Real Madrid 1-1 Barcelona LaLiga April 2011
Barcelona 0-1 Real Madrid King’s Cup (Final) April 2011 Mourinho (2)
Real Madrid 0-2 Barcelona Champions League (SF) April 2011 Guardiola (4)
Barcelona 1-1 Real Madrid Champions League (SF) April 2011
Real Madrid 2-2 Barcelona ESP Super Cup August 2011
Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid ESP Super Cup August 2011 Guardiola (5)
Real Madrid 1-3 Barcelona LaLiga December 2011 Guardiola (6)
Real Madrid 1-2 Barcelona King’s Cup (CF) Jan 2012 Guardiola (7)
Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid King’s Cup (CF) Jan 2012
Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid LaLiga April 2012 Mourinho (3)


Bayern Munich* 2-2 Chelsea Supercopa EUR August 2013 Bayern en penalty


M. United 1-2 M. City Premier League September 2016 Guardiola (8)
M. United 1-0 M. City EFL Cup October 2016 Mourinho (4)
M. City 1-0 M. United Premier League April 2017
M. United 1-2 M. City Premier League April 2018 Guardiola (9)
M. City 2-3 M. United Premier League April 2018 Mourinho (5)
M. City 3-1 M. United Premier League November 2018 Guardiola (10)


Tottenham 2-0 M. City Premier League February 2020 Mourinho (6)
Tottenham X-X M. City Premier League November 2020

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I want Messi to stay in Barcelona

After renewing his link with Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, assures that his wish is for Lionel Messi to stay in Barcelona

The coach of the Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, wait to Lionel Messi finish your career in the Barcelona, but admits that he does not know what the future holds for the player, as his contract at Camp Nou runs out.

The City manager insists he wants Messi to stay in Barcelona, ​​but made sure to leave the door open for the 33-year-old to join him in Manchester.

Lionel Messi he is a Barcelona player, “Guardiola said at a press conference on Friday.” If you ask me for my opinion as a person, I have enormous gratitude for what he Barcelona has done for me. In the quarry as a footballer and later as a coach, he gave me absolutely everything.

“What I want is (for him) to finish his career there. I would love to, I would. That’s what I said I don’t know how many times, maybe a thousand times.”

“As a Barcelona fan I would like Leo to end up there. But this year his contract ends and I don’t know what he thinks. Right now he is a Barcelona player and the transfer market will be in June and July.”

Messi He declared publicly last summer that he was not happy in Barcelona before agreeing to stay at least one more year.

Sources told ESPN what Manchester City they were ready to make an offer if Messi left the club and are considered to be in a good position if he were available at the end of the campaign.

Messi cast more doubts on his future during the international break, saying that he is “tired of always being the problem of everything at the club”.


The performance of the City of Guardiola

So many years in the highest of England, and after the loss of the Premier League the previous season, the Manchester City is in bewilderment. After the Liverpool, after 30 years, I will remove the champion crown and get the UEFA Champions League a year before, the great objective of the citizen group, unconsciously harmed him, so far in a new season.

Many were the criticisms of the press towards the team of Pep Guadiola in this last time. That the team does not respond in the transcendental juices in Europe, the pounds spent on footballers, the defense that does not give guarantees despite the money invested in players in that position, not fighting the Champions League. In short, many are the things that the former coach of the Barcelona.

But what happened to the mighty and invincible Manchester City?

Pep Guardiola arrived at Blue from Manchester, for the 2016/2017 season. However, the golden age for the City started from 2011/12, the team became champion in command of Roberto Mancini, when the United from Sir Alex Fegurson it was giving ground.

Manchester City champion. Photo: Premier League

Since then, he always kept fighting the Premier League, winning FA Cup, League Cup and Community Shield, after so many irregular years between First Division and Second Division from England. The golden years had arrived.

However, the arrival of Pep Guardiola allowed citizens to dream aloud. Not only with the conquest of England, but also with that of Europe and, thus, win your first UEFA Champions League. The years passed but, until now, that long-awaited and precious orejona has not reached the showcases of Etihad. Rather, they joined a few meters from Manchester, in the showcases of the mythical Anfield.

Guardiola He remained at the top of England. But there was more missing, that mystique and that winning soul that had not yet built a team that could be released in recent years was missing, being left out with him. Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham Y Lyon olympic, reaching at most the quarterfinals.

In the previous edition, where they are eliminated before those of Rudi Garcia, It was where the criticism most began to increase, as well as the quality in the rivals of the Premier League, which resulted in a drop in performance, added to criticism for having spent nearly £ 200 million per four-year season that Guardiola was in command of the City and without achieving the desired objective.

How did you influence Manchester City’s season?

So far, the City is in tenth position with 12 units, despite the fact that he still has to finalize the match of the first day against the Aston Villa, undoubtedly one of the revelation teams so far.

The leader of the competition is the Leicester City, which adds up to 18 units and is closely followed by the Tottenham by Jdared Mourinho and the Liverpool de Klopp. In case you beat the Villains would be three points of difference with Foxes, but the Dean Smith are in a great time and it can bring a headache to Guardiola, as you already did with with Liverpool, Arsenal and the team of Brendan Rodgers.

To the surprise of many, it was difficult for him to adapt to the rhythm imposed by his rivals and he saw many shortcomings that the team has and he could not replace. So, reaped a historic win against the Leicester, draws against Leeds, West Ham and Liverpool.

However, they also had acceptable performances which allowed them to triumph against Wolves, Arsenal y Sheffield. Adding the results obtained so far, the team of Pep Guardiola reaches 12 units, just like his former assistant’s team, Mikel Arteta.

Guardiola and Arteta.  Photo: Premier League.
Guardiola and Arteta. Photo: Premier League.

City performance

It is no coincidence that both Arsenal y Manchester City add up the same points. Despite the fact that Arteta is in a process of formation and those of Guardiola they are already in a much more developed stage. Rather, it is due to the ideology of possession of the ball that characterizes both and the rivals they face.

However, facing the season of Manchester City the same problem appears: defense. Guardiola you know, that is why you are always looking in each market to invest in this position, but the problem does not seem to be solved.

For this season, the reinforcements were Aké y Ruben Dias, looking for the solution to their defensive problems, and Ferran Torres up front, a new option for its ends. In addition, add the significant drop in Sergio Aguero, who did not start the season and was injured again, so Guardiola loses its leading scorer.

True to form, the former coach of the Bayer Munich, always used the tactical system 4-2-3-1, with two containment flyers, three more advanced players -two at the ends and one in the center- to assist a forward, who is not always fixed in the area, but seeks to associate with his teammates to be able to surprise with more soccer players inside of the rival field and look for more spaces.

Short touch, ball possession with transfer, opening game on the wings, association, fast and filtered passes, Kevin De Bruyne’s brain, Sterling’s play, Mahrez, Torres, Foden down the wingsare some of the characteristics of the City of Guardiola, with which it served him to be at the top.

However, this year it cost him. Many teams managed to close their lines well, they let him play, but they prevented him from generating danger. When it came to recovering, having his lines so advanced and not so much potential in one-on-one, it was very difficult for him to be able to contain his rivals, as was the case with Leciester who scored five goals, or the Liverpool y Leeds They missed their marks.

De Bruyne post 5-2 vs Leicester.  Photo: Premier League.
De Bruyne post 5-2 vs Leicester. Photo: Premier League.

That is why defense is the area so suffered. Coordination and individual errors make it easy for rivals to know where the Achilles heel is. Many of the ways that they find to stop the opponents is through penalties or they are directly overcome, as has been happening especially on the sides, where they are Walker, Mendy or Cancelo.

Four penalties against add the City, committing three in the same game, where the defense had a hard time containing Jamie Vardy oa Mane against Liverpool, since both players knew about the errors in the defenders’ brand and that the way to stop them was with an infraction.

Reality indicates that little by little, rivals know how to play against him Manchester City. Despite having a clear idea of ​​the game that leads him more than to win than to lose and to take more risks than usual in order to show off in the game and win, this season he can play against him since the rivals are stronger and smarter, as well as much more even.

It will be in the capacity of Guardiola show that he can still adapt to the new challenges and know if he is still at the level of the Premier League with the new rivals who ask for a clue, added to whether he can advance one more round in the Champions League, the main objective of the coach. This weekend, he has a litmus test before his “football enemy”, Jose Mourinho, where two completely different ideas will be face to face.