Premier League Season Review – Manchester City

Manchester City: 4th FA Cup: Round Five Capital One Cup: Winners Champions League: Semi-finals There was a degree of surprise when Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini signed a contract extension to remain at the club for a third season, where there was a great determination emanating from the top to atone for a trophyless 2014-15, as well as reaching the latter stages of the Champions League. In the final reckoning both of those targets were met, but regardless of that Pellegrini’s days were always numbered. That was confirmed by the…

Read More

Swansea vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manuel Pellegrini’s three-year reign as manager of Manchester City will end in South Wales as they take on Swansea City aiming to secure the point they need to achieve qualification for next season’s Champions League. The home side are finishing with flourish and victory here will make it five in a row at the Liberty Stadium, but it was on their travels where they excelled last weekend as they took a very strong West Ham United team apart with a dynamic and clinical attacking display. Despite resting several key players,…

Read More

Premier League standings prove Manuel Pellegrini is right Pep Guardiola news hurt Manchester City

Manchester City have endured a rather difficult season, failing to make a successful bid to win their third Premier League title since 2012. On Febuary 1, 2016, the Citizens officially announced that current Bayern Munich and former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will become the club’s coach starting from next season. The announcement happened at the end of the January transfer window and just before City went into a key run of matches, including home encounters with title rivals Tottenham and Leicester. A team that had just lost key playmaker Kevin De…

Read More

Top 10 transfer crazy coaches from this century and their biggest captures

Football clubs need to spend money in order to compete for trophies. However, some clubs and managers are more likely to buy players than others. Therefore, we’re taking a look at the ten managers who have spent the most money on transfers during this century, meaning from the 2000/2001 season onwards (via Transfermarkt), including their biggest captures. 10. Mark Hughes The current Stoke City manager has coached five teams since the turn of the century. Hughes has spent a total of £328.44 million on 48 transfers, narrowly beating Brendan Rodgers for…

Read More

Liverpool vs Man City – Capital One Cup Final Preview

It promises to be a titanic tussle at Wembley on Sunday afternoon as Jurgen Klopp aims to win his first trophy as Liverpool boss as they contest the Capital One Cup final with Manchester City, who are looking to win the competition for the second time in three years. Success in 2014 was Manuel Pellegrini’s maiden piece of silverware at City and this one could well be his last, as it has already been confirmed that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season. Currently fourth…

Read More

Dynamo Kiev vs Man City – Match preview and team news

After four seasons of underachievement, Manchester City will be desperate to end their wait to reach the last eight of the Champions League as they face Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last 16 clash. Currently fourth in the Premier League, City could not come into this game in worse form, having lost each of their last three matches in all competitions. Defeats at home to two of their close rivals have cast their league title credentials into significant doubt, while manager Manuel Pellegrini made his intentions totally clear…

Read More

Manchester City get huge fitness boost before Tottenham clash

Vincent Kompany is in line to return to Manchester City’s starting lineup for the first time since December, while the Citizens could also count on David Silva for their clash with Tottenham on Sunday. The Belgian captain has endured another difficult season due to a recurring calf injury, with his last start in any competition coming in the goalless draw at Aston Villa in November. Kompany made a brief appearance from the bench against Sunderland on Boxing Day, but quickly limped off after just nine minutes. Eventually returning to first-team training last month,…

Read More

Man City vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

All eyes will be on the Etihad Stadium for Saturday’s early kick-off as Manchester City meet Leicester City in an eagerly anticipated showdown of the Premier League’s top two. Despite it being a week that contained a transfer deadline and a full round of top-flight fixtures, the biggest news of the last few days came when Man City announced that Pep Guardiola would become their new manager in the summer. While that puts the club in a fairly unusual position, current boss Manuel Pellegrini will have his eyes set on…

Read More

Pep Guardiola signs three-year deal with Manchester City

Former-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola will become the new Manchester City boss at the end of the campaign and has signed a three-year-contract with the Citizens, the club announced on its website. The news came on the back of current City boss Manuel Pellegrini announcing during his pre-match press conference that he will leave the club at the end of the season. The news was not surprising, but the timing of the announcement maybe was. Pep to City confirmation communique#MCFC pic.twitter.com/r6Madx18ST — AS English (@English_AS) 1 februari 2016 Guardiola who is…

Read More

Top five highest paid managers in the Premier League

The job of manager is the riskiest one in the world of modern football. Club managers are under constant pressure to deliver results, and one might feel sorry for them considering the constant criticism and the job insecurity they have to live through. But when you look at the wage packages of some of these managers, your feeling of sympathy of them might turn into jealousy. 5. Slaven Bilic (West Ham): £3m/year West Ham hierarchy made him one of the top-earners in the Premier League this summer. He has certainly lived…

Read More

Man City man backed for Chelsea job by Guillem Balague

Spanish expert Guillem Balague seems to think that Manuel Pellegrini would be in contention for the Chelsea job in summer. There has been a lot of speculation going on regarding the managerial appointments at the major Premier League clubs. Current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has been linked with the jobs at Man City, Chelsea, Man Utd and Arsenal. It’s still unclear where the Spaniard will end up at in the summer, but Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague seems to think that it would be Man City. Balague, who is…

Read More

Man City vs Borussia Monchengladbach – Match preview and team news

Still with the hope of finishing top of the pile, Manchester City round off their Champions League group campaign with a home clash against Borussia Monchengladbach. It was a tight game for City in their last European outing away to Juventus, but unless the Italian champions lose away to bottom side Sevilla, the narrow 1-0 defeat in Turin appears to have made all the difference and they face another tricky last 16 assignment. All the same, it has still been a much more convincing Champions League campaign so far from…

Read More

Man City midfielder Fabian Delph set for six week layoff with hamstring injury

Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph looks set for another stint on the sidelines after the BBC reported that he will be out for six weeks thanks to the hamstring injury he sustained during England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland earlier this week. The 25-year-old was forced off during the first minute of the Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley, and City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he will likely be out of action for the next six weeks. “I don’t know how long it will be, we’ll see,” he said. “I…

Read More

Jose Mourinho starts mind games early by hitting out at Arsenal and Man City bosses

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger before the season has even started. The Special One hit out at Pellegrini for talking about him while he should be on holiday, while claiming Arsene Wenger is a miser for the way he conducts his transfer business. Pellegrini said in an interview last month in his native Chile that Mourinho is always too busy “taking the credit for everything”, to which the Chelsea manager replied: “When a manager is on holidays and…

Read More

Manuel Pellegrini hints that Man City could rival United for Sergio Ramos signature

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini refused to deny that his team could make an approach for Manchester United target Sergio Ramos this summer, the Daily Express reports. Ramos has been a long standing object of desire for the Red Devils, and are hoping to include him in the deal that would see David de Gea move in the opposite direction (via BBC). Pellegrini has previously worked with the World Cup winner during his own time in charge in the Spanish capital and The Express believes that he could be tempted…

Read More

Analysis – Will Delph get enough game time at Man City?

There were many twists and turns and seemingly a sudden change of heart, but after six years at Aston Villa, tenacious midfielder Fabian Delph has made the step up to sign for Manchester City in an £8m deal. The big question now is whether he can establish himself as a regular in the side rather than end up constantly warming the bench like some of City’s other new recruits in recent seasons. Having now become a key part of the England setup, the former Leeds United youngster is definitely in…

Read More

Manchester City agree pre-contract deal with Real Madrid boss

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester City, according to the Daily Express. The newspaper claim that the former AC Milan manager’s job is hanging in the balance at Los Blancos, and given the pedigree of managerial sackings at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu over the years, it’s not hard to see why he’d be under threat. Real Madrid have just been knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Juventus, and are four points behind El Clasico rivals Barcelona in La Liga with only two games left…

Read More