Sergio Aguero admits £357m is an outrageous fee for Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick against Ecuador to guarantee Argentina a spot in next year’s World Cup tournament, and the Barcelona ace is reportedly getting a £357m bid from Manchester City – a fee which his compatriot and best friend Sergio Aguero considers outrageous.

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Image shows Lionel Messi in training with best friend Sergio Aguero during their World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador. The match ended 3-1.

Manchester City are leading the 2017-18 English Premier League chart with 19 points after 7 games and need Messi’s amazing skills to ensure a successful campaign.

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However, Aguero admits he would love to play alongside his friend and national team captain but says a £357m price tag sounds like a daydream.

The transfer fee amount would topple both Paul Pogba and Neymar’s world-record fees paid by Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.

‘Leaving Barcelona, his boyhood club, would be quite complicated,’ Aguero said in the aftermath of Andres Iniesta’s “lifetime” contract with La Blaugranas.

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Speculations in the football world have it that Messi will likely play at the Etihad in January with his contract set to expire at the end of this season.

Barcelona have maintained their stand that a deal has been struck with Messi’s agents but media reports say the famous No. 10 is yet to sign the alleged contract.

In Aguero’s opinion, having his fellow Argentine in Pep Guardiola‘s starting XI would be a dream come true. He also explained that the problem with Messi’s swith to the EPL isn’t money but how to break the star’s allegiance to Barca.

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‘The problem is not money at all,’ said Aguero. ‘We all know Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo see themselves as models for their clubs. It will be difficult for any of them to leave.

‘It’s true that I’d love to play alongside Leo, but the situation is quite complicated.’

Manchester City will play against Stoke City on Saturday 14 October, 2017.

Dani Alves responds to Pep Guardiola’s disappointment on his move to PSG

Dani Alves, one of football’s most controversial players, has responded to rumors that Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola was saddened by his decision to join Ligue 1 club side PSG.

The 34-year-old Brazilian has a cordial relationship with Pep, who was his coach at Barcelona.

Alves told reporters that he has a good time with the Spanish coach during and after their time together, a reason the City boss wanted him to play in England.

The right-back left Camp Nou for Juventus after getting a 2-year contract with an option for a third, in June 2016.

He spent 8 years of his trophy-laden career with Barca before leaving on a free-transfer to Italy, and now France, in a move which reportedly outraged Pep.

While a large number of Barca fans feel the solid-defender should have joined City, football analysts say he will earn a lot of money and enjoy his stay at the historical city. PSG has a great football project, too.

According to a report from Marca, City’s coach and sporting director feels angry because Alves had already given them his word that he’d love to play in the English Premier League.

Speaking about his decision to join the Qatari-owned football empire, he said it’s clear he’d be misunderstood by former friends who seem to have joined his league of enemies.

“Well, actually, it was me who did most of the talking. I explained the reasons behind my decision to him [Pep],” Alves told L’Equipe in an interview.

City lost its stars — Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta — last month, are are now chasing after Tottenham player Kyle Walker with an estimated check of 50 million euros after losing out on the Brazilian defender.

“After everything we have done together, we have a very cordial relationship, respectful,” he added. “It is this respect that may mean these things can be understood.

“Right now, I do not know if he understands my choice.”

He continued: “I had other options here [in France] but also in England and ultimately, it was me who took the decision.

“I realized that everything PSG have achieved so far is quite unknown.

As far as I am concerned, the club is close to achieving the goals it has set. What can bring you closer to success is good organisation.

“Another thing that counted is the well-being of my wife. The prospect of spending some time in a city like Paris is enchanting. I made my decision the evening before I arrived in Paris.”

Alves became a Spanish citizen in 2005; having joined Barcelona for €32.5 million in 2008.

The former Sevilla player became the world’s third most-expensive defender of all times, following his mouth-watering contract with Barca. He won over 10 trophies with the Spanish giants.

Image shows Dani Alves and Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.

He is the most decorated footballer of all time in European competitions with nine European medals, second only to Paolo Maldini, who has only one more on the all-time list.

According to L’Equipe, Dani Alves will be on a contract worth €14m max per season at PSG.

Pep Guardiola is not happy at all in himself – Yaya Toure

Pep Guardiola was described as a creative and technically gifted midfielder in his days, and he remains one of the best coaches at the moment despite experiencing drought in his first English Premier League (EPL) season.

The Manchester City coach showed off his quality as one of the best managers soon after he became manager at the Etihad Stadium, winning 10 consecutive games.

Image: Pep Guardiola

Although his team ended their 2016-17 campaign with 15 points behind league champions Chelsea, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach recently signed a new contract which will keep him at the club for eight seasons.

Yaya Toure revealed in an interview that Pep has set his bars very high for next season, adding that coach expects to win every game he plays.

The 34-year-old Ivorian said his manager will be “a man on a mission” next season.

In an interview with Sky Sports News HQ, the 4-time African Footballer of the Year who just signed a one-year contract with City, said: “Next year, for sure, he is going to try to challenge for everything as much as possible.

“You can see it in his eyes. He’s not happy at all in himself.”

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“We know it is going to be difficult but we are going to put in all the effort because next year, if you are not fit enough and you come with a different mentality, he can smell that and you are going to be in big trouble.

“That’s for sure. With him, there is no room for excuses.”

City are making efforts to strengthen their squad against upcoming challenges. Benjamin Mendy [Monaco’s full back], Virgil van Dijk [a midfielder from Southampton], as well as Kyle Walker [Tottenham right-back] and super forward Alexis Sanchez, who plays for Arsenal, have been identified as possible recruits.

Toure also expressed hopes that the named players will strike deals soonest and join hands with his 46-year-old coach to increase City’s options next season.

The former captain of Ivory Coast national team continued: “I am just a football player but like you guys I have been delighted to hear some of the news.

“What I know about this club is there is something very important happening because the club want to move one step forward again like they usually do every year.

Image: Yaya Toure

“For a player like that wants to win trophies and be in a strong squad with a great manager, it is something special.

“I think next year is going to be exciting. I hope we are going to win a couple of trophies and it is going to be fantastic.”

Yaya Toure played for Olympiacos and AS Monaco before moving over to Barcelona in 2007.

He earned over 70 caps for La Blaugranas, and was part of the historic 2009 side which won six trophies in a one year.

Toure’s agent had a widely publicized contract issue with Pep, and the player suffered for that misunderstanding. The midfielder was taken out of favor until last November when he returned to first team action, playing 31 times for City and scoring a total of 7 goals.

“When I was first coming here I was trying to be part of a new story, of something special at this club,” the footballer said at that time.

“I am very lucky now to be part of a great club with great players around me who are helping me to achieve my targets.”

Yaya Toure reveals Paul Pogba snubbed Manchester City for Jose Mourinho’s Team

Yaya Toure has revealed that Paul Pogba rejected a mouth-watering offer from Manchester City before joining rival club side Manchester United.

Yaya Toure reveals: Man Utd star ignored my pleas to join Man City

Image shows Yaya Toure and Paul Pogba in action.

The Ivorian star player said he made efforts to woo the 24-year-old French lad over to Pep Guardiola’s side but was disappointed.

The former Juventus player surprisingly metamorphosed to a world’s highest paid player under Jose Mourinho’s advice thanks to The Special One’s foresight and love for raw talents.

Toure, 33, confessed he would have been excited if Pogba had yielded to his persuasion but the Euros 2016 silver winner snubbed a life at the Etihad Stadium.

Yaya Toure has revealed he tried to get Paul Pogba to sign for Manchester City

Image: Paul Pogba

For a world-record transfer fee of £89million, the France international player left Juve for his first love, barely four years after leaving Old Trafford for The Old Lady in a free transfer.

“He (Pogba) is a good lad,” Toure said of the mercurial midfielder whose love for the red half of Manchester remained unshaken.

“He’s clever and I’m a bit disappointed because I spoke with him in the past and I wanted him to come to City but it didn’t happen.”

There are speculations that Toure will leave City on free transfer at the end of this season, if he doesn’t put pen to paper on time. His agent Dimitri Seluk has also refused to deny any chance that his four-time African Footballer of The Year could be on the way out to City’s biggest rivals anytime soon.

The battle for EPL’s top four continues in a balance after City and United ended their derby in a goalless draw.

Chris Smalling: Manchester United can win against Southampton at Wembley

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has waved off their disappointment on losing out of PL International Cup, saying the team spirit is quite impressive.

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The England international footballer spoke with MUTV after their 1-0 victory over French club side Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.

Smalling plays a center-back role for both Manchester United and The Three Lions.

The Red Devils lost 0-2 to Everton in their last Premier League International Cup campaign but football is a game where you “win some and lose some.”

Smalling, a former Fulham player, was part of Jose Mourinho’s men who won 4-0 on aggregate after the second-leg match.

In his interview with MUTV following The Red Devils’ Round of 16 qualification, Smalling hailed his teammates for their resilience.

Mourinho’s team suffered a huge setback with Eric Bailly’s red card, but they kept their emotions in check until the final whistle.

“It’s testament to our fitness levels and the games we’ve played that we can almost make it look like its 11 against 11 even when we’re a man down,” he said on the numerical disadvantage.

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“We had chances in that period that were better than theirs so overall it’s a good job.

“We knew we were coming into the game a few goals ahead but it was all about that first goal. The crowd could have inspired them to do anything so it really helped us control the game.”

Smalling recalls getting his nail name “The Cauldron” during his playing days at Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, saying the 42,000-capacity stadium guarantees a lively atmosphere.

However, he said Man U’s focus is now on Sunday’s EFL Cup final against Southampton at Wembley.

“Their fans were incredible,” he added.

“Even at the end when they were so many goals behind it was a great atmosphere to play in.


“I can’t wait to get my boots back on now. We’ll be relishing Sunday and the chance to pick up a piece of silverware,” the 27-year-old said.

“There are quite a few of us that have played a number of games at Wembley and maybe some of their players haven’t, so hopefully that will give us the edge on Sunday.”

Sam Allardyce: ‘We were disgraced by Pep Guardiola

Former coach of the Three Lions, Sam Allardyce, says he’s still in pains after his team’s disgraceful outing against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.

Sam Allardyce

The Eagles lost 3-0 to Pep Guardiola‘s men but Big Sam believes time will tell if their FA Cup exit is a blessing in disguise.

Palace made it to the fourth round of the competition but had their dreams shattered by City’s ruthless front line – Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure, including Brazil’s Jesus Gabriel.

Allardyce says there has been a growing concern for his players’ fitness since the second phase of EPL’s 2016/17 season.

However, he adds that their FA Cup elimination will provide them with a chance to work harder in the upcoming Premier League games and probably find a blessing in the loss.

The 62-year-old spoke at a press conference where he discussed a lot of issues.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

Cup exit: “Only time will tell if that is a blessing or not but you want to try and win every game you play, and we’ve lost the habit of winning. Our game is OK in parts and we look quite comfortable, but then we make errors and the first two goals today proved that opposition of Manchester City’s quality will punish you.

“For me it’s still about working to minimize those errors and that if we do make one, them we don’t allow the opposition to score but that was the problem again today.”

The game: “I thought we were going to get to half-time at 0-0 after we recovered from a sticky start where City controlled proceedings for the first 15 minutes and we found it difficult to keep the ball, but we worked our way into the game and had a couple of half-chances before conceding a soft goal.

“We picked things up again and Loic’s [chance] was the main one, and who knows what might have been if he had put that one in the back of the net. We chased the game because it’s the FA Cup and you have to get back in it, but we opened up and the second goal was City at their best.”

Yaya Toure’s possible sending off: “They should have been down to 10 men as he had been booked for less a minute before that, so that was a sending off. For me, with the consistency that the referee had shown during the game that was a certain yellow card, but I have more to worry about, such as the goals we conceded, than referees at the moment.”

Substitutions: “Schlupp is a big blow with a hamstring problem so he’ll be missing for a while. We wanted to get Loic on the pitch so we did 45 minutes apiece for those two [Remy and Benteke] because of the load we have coming up for Tuesday and Saturday, so that was tactical, as was McArthur coming on.”

Patrick van Aanholt: “I think it’s close but I’m not absolutely certain it’s finished yet. He is with us and hopefully he’ll be involved on Tuesday.”

Andros Townsend: “I have no idea what the situation is with Andros other than Steve [Parish] has not told me that Newcastle have made any kind of bid for us to consider. For me that’s not even in the back of my mind.”

Crystal Palace captain Joel Ward admits getting frustrated with their FA Cup disappointment

Joel Ward, the captain of Premier League side Crystal Palace, has admitted feeling frustrated after their loss to Manchester City during last weekend’s FA Cup encounter.

City was favored with a 3-0 victory gained from hard work, but Ward says the Eagles lost because they went on an all-out attack for an equalizer after Raheem Sterling‘s first half goal.

He claims the eagerness to score opened up his side’s defense line, creating chances for City to add two more goals at the Emirates Stadium.

The 27-year-old who plays for England and Crystal Palace as a defender spoke with Palace TV after the game.

He said: “I think in the end we started trying to push on and got exposed and when you play against players of that calibre they’re going to hurt you.

“We stayed in the game at 1-0 and if you manage to stay in the game until later on you might nick a goal, but when they start to hit you on the break like that they’re going to get their chances and they’re clinical when they do.

“We had some chances today and we knew that if we played in a certain way, got in behind them and put balls in the box, we’d create chances. It’s something that we worked on and I think we did that [in the game], it’s frustrating we didn’t convert them” he added.

“We got carried away pushing forward and left ourselves a bit exposed.”

Ward regrets their FA Cup exit but sure has something to be happy about.

His teammates Scott Dann and Damien Delaney missed their Etihad encounter, allowing the former Portsmouth player a chance to wear the captain’s armband for the first time.

He said it was a dream come true but wished the match ended in victory.

“Of course, it’s always nice – I wanted to put on the armband, but it’s frustrating that we were knocked out of the cup, which we would have liked to have stayed in and gone to the next round,” he said.

Gabriel Jesus has Neymar’s qualities but City should be patient – Pablo Zabaleta

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus has been an added boost to the star-studded team since his £27 million switch from Palmeiras.

Gabriel Jesus trains ahead of Manchester City's clash against Tottenham on Saturday

The Brazilian star made his full debut last Saturday against Crystal Palace, setting up Raheem Sterling with a wonderful pass for City’s first goal in the 43rd minute.

Brazilians are already admiring their gem as a good replacement for Neymar, but Pablo Zabaleta has advised his South American neighbors, including City, to lessen the striker’s burden by not comparing him to anyone.

The 32-year-old Argentine defender said: “No, we can’t think like that.

“He’s young and very clever and has to work hard to show his quality.

“He did well against Tottenham – it was a great start. But he needs time and we have to be patient.

“We can’t expect too much straight away. He’s young, he will have time to improve and we will help him to settle.

“He has a great future. I saw a few games of him in Brazil, he has quality, and I am sure he will be a very important player for us in the future.”

Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus celebrate while on international duty with Brazil

Image shows Philippe Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus.

Zabaleta, a former Espanyol player and one of the longest serving players in the club, has seen City transform to one of the best clubs in the world.

Based on the invaluable experience he has gathered since arriving Emirates Stadium in 2008, the Argentina international footballer says for any player to be successful in his career, he must be self-disciplined on and off the pitch.

In his words: “For young players like him, they need to believe in their ability, why they are here, and what Manchester City is as a club today.

“It’s very demanding, the performance, behavior, discipline and commitment that’s needed,” Zabaleta added.

“Everything that the big clubs need from their players. Then they have the right qualities if they are in the team, and they can have big success at this club.”

Jack Pitt-Brooke, a sports analyst with The Independent described Jesus, Leroy Sane and Sterling as City’s future after watching the trio destroy their opponents with a fluid attacking style.

“Sane, Sterling and Gabriel tore Palace apart, combining for City’s brilliant first two goals, before Yaya Toure capped it off with a brilliant free-kick at the end,” Pitt-Brooke said..

“They all played with imagination, skill, but above all with pace, providing exactly the type of threat Guardiola wants from his forwards. Guardiola hailed them post-match as the ‘future’ of the club, and it was easy to imagine watching them that this could be City’s front line for the next 10 years.”

Jesus joined City as a 19-year-old after playing in the Brazilian league for many years, and helping Palmeiras win their first title since 1994. He needed only a few weeks to settle in at the Etihad.

His flashy displays has been convincing to fans, teammates and club coach Pep Guardiola. But Pablo Zabaleta thinks it’s too early to start seeing him as the “new Neymar”.

The Brazilian youngster proved himself with a 10-minute performance against Tottenham last week and like they say, “twice a charm,” he showed off some more silky moves against Crystal Palace.

Gabriel Jesus, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and Pep Guardiola

Image shows Pablo Zabaleta, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and coach Pep Guardiola.

“He [Jesus] helped us a lot. He’s so aggressive, even if he’s not a tall guy,” Guardiola told reporters at a post-match press conference.

“It’s the first game, so it’s not easy for him to communicate. He doesn’t speak English. He will need time. But he makes a lot of movements. The pass for the first goal is outstanding.

“We cannot forget, we play with 21, 20 and 21 (sic) — three strikers so, so young. It’s the future for Man City and all three played good.”

The English Premier League has no comparison in world football – Pochettino tells Pep Guardiola

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has made claims that the English Premier League is unarguably the world’s best.

Pochettino’s statements came as a backdrop to Pep Guardiola‘s rants after his team, Manchester City, narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win against Burnley, who were awarded a “controversial” penalty.

The Tottenham coach warned his Premier League rival that there’s so much to learn, pointing out that the EPL is completely different to any other world football competitions.

Guardiola, who arrived City from Barcelona on 1 February 2016, is struggling with life as an EPL manager, and has made claims that “the FA has different rules”. His anger was aroused after a City player was red-carded in the match against Burnley.

Read: Pep Guardiola Believes Manchester City Can Break The Anfield Jinx.

Pochettino told a Spanish news outlet: “When you come to a different environment it is not easy, the Premier League is totally different.

“Until you are here, and you live in it, you do not realize what it is really like,” the 44-year-old added.

Read: Samuel Eto’o: Pep Guardiola Is The World’s Best Coach.

Pochettino, a former Argentina international footballer who played as a central defender, continued in his explanations: “Sometimes people underestimate the English league, they think that here everyone just plays long ball, that there is no quality, that every Wednesday the players have the day off. But those days are over.

“I have been in this country four years and never seen this,” he noted, having arrived England after managing a Spanish football club Espanyol (2009-2012) and Southampton (2013-2014).

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Image shows Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino as managers in La Liga.

Though Pochettino suffered in his first experience as a Premier League manager, just like Guardiola, the Argentine says it takes humility and perseverance to make it in England.

Poch advised Guardiola: “If you come here and don’t have the humility to know that you must work, you can be disappointed.

“Guardiola is one of the best coaches in the world and it is normal that he needs time to settle in and get across his ideas.”

Tottenham Hotspur, currently #3 in the league table, won their 4 January match against Chelsea, who remain league leaders with 49 points.

Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City can break the Anfield Jinx

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged his players to break the Anfield curse in today’s Premier League match against Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Image shows Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

City have recorded only one win at Anfield in the past 35 years, and that was in 2003 when Kevin Keegan was manager at the Etihad stadium.

Guardiola, 45, says he can’t wait to take the battle to Klopp’s “cemetery” for the first time since he joined City on 1 February, 2016, and he expects his first attempt to bring the desired victory.

Liverpool are #2 in the Premier League table with 41 points while City trails them with just one point as #3.

League leaders Chelsea are six points away from Liverpool as they face Stoke (#13) with 21 points.

Klopp says the new year celebrations should be postponed until this unmissable match comes to an end.

Image shows the German tactician Jurgen Klopp.

“I know people are excited when they think about it,” the German coach said.

“There is nothing to do except prepare the party for afterwards while everyone watches the television. This is a game you have to watch.

“It is a good thing we are involved – it’s not City vs someone else, it’s Liverpool vs Man City. We are some kind of a challenger, we don’t care about being the favorites.”

Nonetheless, Guardiola admits he’s relieved to have Sergio Aguero back in the squad after his Argentina international footballer served a four-match ban.

Though City has been lucky without their best striker, they’re more at ease having him on the pitch alongside Nigeria’s Iheanacho and others.

Image: Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp

The former Barcelona coach said, according to a report from Daily Star: “We did quite well without him and we have made good performances – except against Leicester.

“But of course he’s important for us. Can you imagine all the teams in the Premier League without their best striker for all those games?

“It would be tough for them like it was tough for us. But we are only one point behind Liverpool.

“Now we finish the first half of the season. Hopefully in the second half Sergio can play all the games.”

Guardiola revealed that he took a time out to watch Liverpool thrash Stoke City 4-1, and added that he observed Klopp has gone back to the same tactics he used in Bundesliga – “the heavy metal”.

Image: Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp

“I can see why they call it that,” Guardiola said, referring to the Borussia Dortmund style of play which made Klopp a force to reckon with in international football.

He continued: “Our styles are not similar but I like the way they play a lot.

“Maybe Klopp is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch.

“They have an intensity with the ball and without the ball, and it is not easy to do that. They attack wide sometimes with [Nathaniel] Clyne and [James] Milner but they especially like to attack from inside, through the middle.

“I don’t think there is another team in the world attacking in this way with so many players capable of launching moves in an instant.”

“I learned a lot in Germany the first time I played his team. I was new and it was ‘wow’, what a good lesson. We lost 4-2. Afterwards in the league I learned a bit more about how to control those situations but it was never easy. When Klopp speaks about his football being heavy metal, I understand completely. It is so aggressive. For the fans it is really good.

“Our styles are not similar but I like a lot the way they play, for the spectators, because in three or four seconds they are attacking,” Guardiola added.

‘No disrespect to Ronaldo, but Messi is on a higher level,’ Pep Guardiola says

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said his team will train on Christmas Day in order to prepare well for their derby against Hull City on 26 December. For a first time in his career after managing teams in the Bundesliga and La Liga which have winter breaks, the Catalan says he will give up anything to get his team back in their winning ways.

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“We are going to train [on Christmas Day] in the afternoon and travel to Hull City by bus and play on the 26th. We prepare for the game like it was not Christmas time or Boxing Day,” the 45-year-old said at a news conference.

The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach was asked a question about how he intends to challenge for the 2016/17 Premier League trophy after his suffered a dip in form.

“We have to continue to be more solid and effective,” Pep said, regretting a few bad results which jeopardized his teams 10-game unbeaten run at the start of this season.

“We were more aggressive against Arsenal and we controlled the match, but every game is different and many things can happen.”

Manchester City will be playing a total of three games in eight days.

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Pep admits he’s eager to earn his first experience of Boxing Day fixtures, adding that missing Christmas with his family won’t come in the way of his club’s objectives.

“I can’t sleep waiting for this day,” the Spaniard said with great expectations.

“I have seen a lot of matches and Hull are a special team. They try to play more than others, and [David] Silva has already warned me about what it means to play there at this time [of year].

“You have to be prepared.”

City will miss Sergio Aguero in the game against Hull as the Argentina international footballer completes his four-match ban.

Pablo Zabaleta is also likely to remain on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in their 2-1 victory over Arsenal.

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While answering questions from reporters at the press conference, Pep was dragged into the unending Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi debate following FIFA’s recent World Best Player award for 2016.

“I agree with Luis Enrique,” he argued.

“Leo is the best because he plays, makes goals and knows how to make others play.

“With the respect that I have for other great players, Cristiano is at the top – but Messi is on another level.”

There are speculations that Messi will leave Barcelona for Manchester City as recent reports confirm the player’s father failed to reach an agreement with president Josep Maria Bartomeu during his last visit to Spain.

A report from Marca confirms that only contact between Messi and Barcelona has been via telephone.

No meaningful discussions have been held between both parties since the famous No. 10 notified La Blaugranas of his intentions to leave.

As a player in Italy, Pep Guardiola served a four-month ban in 2009 for failing a drug test.

He was however cleared of the offense on two occasions after an appeal before the Courts of Justice of the Italian Football Federation and the Federal Anti-Doping Courts of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

His achievements as a footballer include: 47 caps for Spain, an Olympic Gold Medal (won in 1992),  and playing for Spain at the 1994 FIFA World Cup as well as Euro 2000. He also played friendly matches for Catalonia.

Pep Guardiola’s Secret to Success revealed by former Manchester City player Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri, who currently plays for Sevilla on loan after leaving Manchester City in August, has revealed a secret behind Pep Guardiola’s enviable achievements as a coach. The 29-year-old says players are not allowed to engage in sex after midnight.

The French footballer who plays as a winger and attacking midfielder, is known for his dribbling, ball control and passing ability but none of these qualities impressed Pep after his arrival at the Etihad Stadium.

Unfortunately for Nasri, who has won two Premier League trophies [2011-12, 2013-14], the FA Community Shiled [2012], and the Football League Cup [2013-14] among a host of others, a regrettable lack of first team action forced him out of Pep’s new squad.

Nasri arrived City in 2011.

The former Marseille player was given only 15 minutes of action since the Catalan coach too over managerial position at the club in a 3-year contract deal signed 1 February, 2016.

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Nasri is enjoying his loan spell at his new club but still has memories of life at Etihad under Pep, whose men are hoping to clinch this season’s English Premier League crown.

In an interview with L’Equipe du Soir, Nasri was asked about the secret behind Pep’s success with the City squad.

He said: “Relations must be before midnight. Even if you have a free day the following day.

“It’s so you can have a good night’s sleep. He told us this is how he managed to get the best out of Messi and Lewandowski, and for them to avoid the maximum number of muscular injuries.”

Nasri went further with revelations on Pep’s strict diet plans for his team, adding that the coach called him “overweight” as City prepared for their preseason tour earlier this year.

Image: Samir Nasri

In his words, according to a report from Goal: “He suppressed many things that were in the kitchen,” Nasri said.

“With Guardiola, on the first day of training, you know how you should play, how to squeeze and also how to stand off the ball. The next day, you have videos for everything that you have to do.

“He will not bully you, but he will do everything to make you progress, to get you to know you how to position yourself and how to play. He’s a picky person.”

Image: Samir Nasri

Sevilla will play against Deportivo La Coruna in their next match as the former City player continues to enjoy a series of wonderful outings with Jorge Sampaoli’s men.

Meanwhile, Pep’s men started the 2016/17 season with victory in their first 10 matches but took a dip along thSeviallae line until a recent 3-1 win against Barcelona in their Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Ander Herrera believes Manchester United can win the English Premier League

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has recently been on cloud nine after his wonderful performances for the Red Devils gained him a call-up for international duty with Spain. He believes Jose Mourinho’s squad can still win the English Premier League title though they currently stand sixth in the league table.

Herrera admits his game has had to adapt from being more attacking to now more defensive

Herrera reveals in an interview with the Daily Mail that Wayne Rooney used to mock him, saying he would end up playing for England if he fails to feature for Spain soonest.

Coincidentally, both teammates will be playing for their countries Tuesday night at Wembley. But the difference is, Rooney will be doing so for a 120th time while Herrera is making his debut.

“[On Jose Mourinho] We have a saying in Spain,” Herrera says.

“You catch the liar before you catch the lame man. It’s true in life and even more so in football. If a coach is not straight, players soon find him out. Mourinho is very straight.

“He says what he thinks and he says it to your face. He says it when it is something we will like but he also says it when it is something we won’t like.

“The team is enjoying the day to day. Training is very dynamic and everything is with the ball so the players never lose concentration — there are no really long sessions or long team talks.

“He really understands what a footballer needs which is 20 minutes of team talk and then you get down to it.”

He says that Mourinho has got a superb understanding of footballers and their needs

The midfielder continues: “I have come here because Mourinho has given me the opportunity to take on a new position and I feel comfortable with it.

“I’m more defensive now, playing in front of the back four. I think I have that ability to win the ball back quickly when we lose it. I have taken a leap forward at United which has allowed me to get into the national side.”

Herrera will come up against team-mate and friend Wayne Rooney on Tuesday night

The 27-year-old talked about his expectations for the upcoming match between Spain and England.

“[On Wayne Rooney] He has been playing football at the highest level from the age of 16 and that’s not easy,” says Herrera.

“I reached the elite level at 20 so that’s four years he already had on me.”

“It’s the intensity of Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday, Wednesday, win the league, play for your country, win the Champions League, play again, keep competing, never stop. People don’t always see how those 15 years at the biggest team in England has an impact.”

“This is someone who is just three goals away from overtaking Bobby Charlton as the club’s maximum goalscorer. And yet when we play in the Europa League and the team win two penalties he gives the ball to Paul (Pogba) and Anthony (Martial) because they need the confidence. That is where you see what type of person he is.

“You see it in the dressing room all the time, too. If he is not playing he’s still there talking about how to improve, how we’re playing, what we can do to win. He has never disconnected. When I retire from football one of the things that will stay with me is Wayne’s class.”

The 27-year-old believes United fans owe Rooney a great deal for producing when it matters

“[On Manchester United winning the English Premier League title] We are still there and we should have more points than we have. We deserved to win the Stoke game at home and the Burnley game was incredible—to have 37 shots on goal and the other team have one, and we don’t win the game.

“I spoke to Juan [Mata] afterwards and we had never known anything like it. I remember on 55 minutes thinking: ‘It’s impossible that we don’t win this game.’ Normally this happens once a season but it’s already happened twice because Stoke City was the same.”

Raheem Sterling reveals secret discussions with his Agent

Sterling joined Liverpool in 2010 after coming through the ranks at QPR but quit last summer

Raheem Sterling attracted the wrath of Liverpool faithfuls after his controversial switch to Manchester City. The gamble, however, has paid off in a very special with a League Cup win.

The 21-year-old left the Reds at the beginning of last season following a transfer deal worth £49million.

His exit was hinged on the club’s endless struggle to win trophies.

In a recent interview, the England international reveals a conversation he had with his agent during Liverpool’s painful struggle. The player confided in his agent that he would leave the club if no success is recorded from a team perspective.

“I remember saying to my agent; by the time I’m 22, if I haven’t won anything at that time and if I’m not playing in the biggest competitions then I really need to assess my options,” Sterling told The Premier League Show.

Sterling pictured celebrating during City's famous Champions League win over Barcelona

“You want to make sure you are playing at the highest level and the best level.

“I’ve always loved Liverpool and they are a massive team and a great team that helped my development.

“I had no big issues there at all, with the fans or anything like that so it wasn’t really the way I would have liked to have gone.”

The mercurial midfielder born in Kingston, Jamaica, added that his toughest challenge came just before Euro 2016.

The 21-year-old winger left Liverpool for Manchester City last year in a £49million move

He was criticised for his below par performances following England’s defeat in the round of 16 match against low-rated Iceland.

“Just before the Euros was the most difficult time,” Sterling said.

“Even the pre warm-up games when you hear negative stuff before the tournament has started when you’re about to go away and represent your country.

“You want to try and do the best you can but you’re probably not getting the support any player needs, not just a young one.”

Raheem boasts of 129 appearances and 23 goals for Liverpool in a career which lasted between 2010-2015.

Manchester City vs Barcelona: Ivan Rakitic and Pep Guardiola share views on the CL clash

Ivan Rakitic has showered praise on former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who’s now coach at Manchester City. Ahead of the Champions League clash between Barca and City, scheduled Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium, the Croatian international footballer spoke in a press conference.

The 28-year-old midfielder was asked a question about the Catalan coach and whether he would like to play for Man City under Pep Guadiola. Surprisingly, Rakitic gave an interesting answer.

In his words: “I would like to work with him, of course, or take a coffee with him.

“I took the No.4 shirt because of Pep. It was a great opportunity and I took it with both hands. He was one of the best in the world. 

“My team-mates have told me a lot about him, what he was like.”

Image: Pep Guardiola

The former Sevilla captain had only best wishes for Pep though they haven’t spent much time together. He said warm-heartedly, “I hope he’s happy and successful in the future, but not tomorrow. 

It would be fantastic to work with him one day, and if not, I’ll invite him for a coffee and we’ll chat. I respect him a lot.”

As both things prep for a successful outing today, statistics show Pep has been undefeated at the Etihad after winning five games and managing two draws.

However, football analysts believe history might get a funny twist today as Barca visit the Etihad Stadium. The problem for City is, no right back is 100 percent fit for the game, and this is a lapse which Barca can exploit for a merciless win.

Meanwhile, Pep says he sees this game as the final, adding that he’s ready aware of what to do in order to secure victory.

“We have to think we have no right-backs. We have one that’s recently played there and one that’s 19. We all have problems, we all have players out,” Guardiola said at during a press conference.

“They have some important players out but 4-0 is 4-0 -we have to learn from that. When you lose in that way at that level, the only thing you can do is win and learn.”

Image: Pep Guardiola

He continues: “I think we know what we have to do to beat them.

“They know us, and hopefully our quality up front will make a difference.

“We have to play in that way, like a final. It’s not a final for them, it is a final for us. It’s just three games left, we dropped two points in Glasgow, and we were penalised then, so we have to recover those points in next two games.”

Pep adds that he has faith in Willy Caballero. The goalkeeper will feature for City as a replacement for Claudio Bravo, who’s serving a suspension following his goalkeeping errors from the club’s 4-0 loss at Camp Nou.

The famous coach said: “Every time Willy has played, he has played well. He gives me confidence. I have no doubts about him.”