Luis Enrique: I don’t expect any surprises from Manchester City

Luis Enrique has made bold claims that Tuesday’s Champions League match against rivals Manchester City may not be completely different from their first leg match played earlier this month at Camp Nou.

The La Blaugranas coach says his former teammate who also managed Barca, Bayern Munich and now City, may decide to mix things up though he’s not known for that.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost 4-0 following a goalkeeping error from Claudio Bravo.

“I expect the same type of game as the previous one,” the Barcelona coach said on Monday, according to a report from Sport.

“I don’t think they can be more aggressive in terms of pressure because in last game they pressed well. If they’d pressed any higher they’d have been in the stands. 

“[We have] identical philosophies. Will be similar to the first game and hopefully we can overcome the hurdles in the game again.”

Enrique added that he has known Pep over the years as someone who always has something up his sleeves. But the Barca coach doesn’t think there something he should worry much about.

In his words: “Pep’s Man City have a lot of good things going for them. They have a lot of varieties and strengths. 

“Playing here [in Manchester] is different because we know what we did against them and I sense there will be changes from City because I know Pep and his ideas. 

“We have to be attentive to what they do because Pep, as the coach, will try to touch the right keys to get the right result. The majority of my players know him very well.”

Notwithstanding Barca’s previous triumph over City, and the battle for prominence in international football, Enrique praised his rival-friend for the great work he has done for the Premier League side.

He says City are on the right path to success.

In his words: “We can be impressed with what Guardiola’s done in three months at City.

“I love their philosophy, his ideas. He’s had an impact in three months. 

“They’ll get better and better every month. The future for City is bright and they will get better and better with their ideas.” 

Image: Pep Guardiola (Manchester City).

Pep Guardiola: I’ll go back to Spain before changing my tactics

Pep Guardiola proved he’s a responsible coach by taking all the blame for himself after Manchester City lost 4-0 to hosts Barcelona on Thursday’s Champion’s League encounter. He says it’d be better for him to go back to Spain than consider changing his style of play.

Image: Pep Guardiola

It was a memorable game for La Blaugranas as they punished their visitors for keeping Sergio Aguero, the club’s highest goal scorer, on the bench.

Worse still, Claudio Bravo, the hyped goalkeeper who was signed to replace Joe Hart, committed a costly error by handling the ball outside his box.

With the loss against Barcelona, Pep has now recorded a fourth straight loss since winning all 10 games after taking over reigns at Manchester City. This is also a record third time in his career as a manager.

A mournful Pep said in a press conference on Friday that he’s to blame for the loss, adding that changing the club’s tactics isn’t an option at the moment. In his words: “I’m responsible for what happened.

“I’m responsible for what happened on Wednesday. When you lose 4-0, welcome to the critics. Move on.

“But I’m not going to change. I’ll go home before I change. I won 21 titles in seven seasons. That’s three a season playing in that way. Sorry guys.”

The Spaniard was asked if it would be wise for him to consider a change of tactics. He responded in confidence, saying: “You would like that? I think about that but the solution is not better than what I believe.

“But if you believe I am going to win 4-0 at the Camp Nou. No, I am good but not that. If it is not going well in the future, I will go. But the way we want to play, the academy will play, is the way I think is good.

“At Everton, one of my friends Ronald Koeman said he never faced a team playing football like Manchester City. That is the best compliment I can receive. The best title.”

The former player and head coach at Barcelona also defended his goalkeeper Claudio Bravo for the error which added to Man City’s woes. The fact that he was sent off for the offence, no doubts, tilted the game in favor of La Blaugranas.

Image shows Claudio Bravo after a red card was issued by the referee.

Pep said in the conference: “I know from the beginning when Claudio is going to make a mistake, he will be on the front page. Every defender midfielder, striker missing a penalty makes mistakes but Claudio has to fight against that.

“Sometimes you have to put a long ball. I don’t know if this time you have to put a long ball. The decision was not wrong in that moment but the action he did not pass good and that can happen.

“It is a pity because in that moment the game was open. It is a good lesson for us.”

Pep Guardiola plans a memorable return to Camp Nou

Pep Guardiola has made it clear that his English Premier League side Manchester City must work hard enough to gain reputation as a European force in football.

Guardiola made the comment ahead of the club’s Champions League clash with Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City side to his former club, Barcelona, on Wednesday

Image: Pep Guardiola

“Last season we got to the semifinals so credit to [former manager] Manuel [Pellegrini] for what he did in the past to help the people coming next,” he said.

“We cannot forget that Manchester City was 35 years without competing in Europe [without winning a major trophy until the 2011 FA Cup] — 35 years is a long time.

“You are important in Europe when you are there a lot of times and that is the target for the people who are here now — in the next five, six or seven years to be always there competing against the big clubs as best as possible and as much as possible. That is our target.”

The former Barca coach said it’ll be a memorable outing leading his team against a club that’s more than a family to him.

Pep grew up as a childhood fan of La Blaugranas. He later served the club as a key player and crowned his achievements with the position of a head coach.

The former Bayern Munich coach was once defeated at Camp Nou while on a Champions League campaign with the German club side. A Lionel Messi inspired 3-0 win in a semifinal clash gave Pep a disappointing run in 2015.

However, the 45-year-old coach believes the result will be much different this time.

The Spanish boss was back in familiar surroundings during the pre-match press conference

Image: Pep Guardiola

“It was one and a half years ago when I came here with Bayern Munich. It is always special for me to sit here. This stadium is part of my life,” he said during a pre-match news conference, Goal.com reported. “I grew up here as a boy and had my football career as a player and a trainer.

“When you travel around you always remember the places and the people you meet. My family is here, that is why I am always happy. Of course it is a good test for us to play against the best team.”

Talking about the achievements at Barcelona since he left the Spanish giants. The coach added: “I don’t miss it — I was so happy here and I miss the people I met here. I was happy working with them, but the club changed the people so most of them I don’t know them. The club remains the same, with a huge history behind it and a huge history in front — a lot of passion from the fans.

“In that moment there was an unbelievable generation of players. It does not matter who was in charge, they were fighters with unbelievable talent. It was part of my life, I closed that chapter, I opened in Munich a new one. And now another new one.”

Manchester City thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach with a 4-0 win in their opening group game but unfortunately hit a low against Celtic who forced them to a 3-3 draw in an away game.

The match against Barca will prove the hardest test for Pep’s men but they are optimistic of a good outing.

The coach said: “I know what they are going to do tomorrow.

“I know what I want to do. We are going to try and after we are going to see if we were able.”

Behind Pep Guardiola’s decision to cut 3G network at the Etihad Stadium

Pep Guardiola, a former player and now coach at Manchester City, proved himself a reliable coach who demands everything from his players on and off the pitch. His achievement with Bayern Munich and Barcelona, no doubts, makes him one of the best coaches in the world.

Image: Pep Guardiola

The Spaniard recently severed 3G network from the Premier League club’s training ground. He has good reasons for that strict decision.

As Pablo Zabaleta confirmed in a report from Talking Baws, the coach who desires to assert authority and control over his squad decided to cut of internet services from the building.

Without access to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, the aging player seem not to care much except for the young lads who’re crazy about life on social media.

Manchester City found their rythm earlier in the league, recording an impressive 11-game unbeaten run until last Sunday’s disappointing encounter against Spurs.

According to the Argentine, Guradiola now wants his star-studded team to build up relationships with each other by talking to themselves off and on the pitch, instead of staying glued to their smartphones all day.

Image: Pablo Zabaleta

The Etihad Campus remains one of the best in the world – boasting of all modern facilities. At the cost of a whooping £200 million. However, you will expect anything except a 3G connection, for now.

 

Zabaleta spoke with an Argentine news outlet La Capital, saying: For breakfast and lunch we are all together at the club.

“We haven’t got Internet – Pep has cut us off. We cannot even grab a little bit of 3G.”

“You always want and you dream about being trained by the best coaches, and today I have the opportunity to work with one of the best,” says the 31-year-old.

“Actually, I have learned a lot, especially by the way you live it. Beyond knowledge, his passion for football is amazing.”

Image: Pep Guardiola

Guardiola won a total of 14 trophies in the first four years of his managing career. The Spaniard is adjudged to be one of the world’s most successful managers.

A large number of players, coaches and sports analysts rate Guardiola as one of the best managers in football history.

Mangala and Nasri Leaving Manchester City For Valencia In A Quick Swap.

Sevilla’s Director of football Monchi says Samir Nasri’s loan move will be the club’s last transaction this summer.

Image: Samir Nasri

The French midfielder is reportedly undergoing a medical in Andalusia ahead of completing a temporary switch from Manchester City as the club hopes to complete this summer’s transfer activity with a superb addition.

Valencia have had a busy summer transfers with many ins and outs. Juan Munoz has been allowed to join Real Zaragoza on loan among other transfers.

The Rojiblancos are aiming higher in their 2016/17 season as new Coach Jorge Sampaoli looks forward to assembling a quality squad that’ll compete in Spain and Europe on a position of strength.

Monchi spoke at a press conference during the club’s unveiling of their newest loan signing, goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

According to Football Espana, Valencia’s Football Director said: “We are finalizing the transfer of Nasri.

“We are negotiating with the player and City and trying to close the deal.

“If we get Nasri, we will have got the player we have been looking for from the start. If we get him in the end, we would have the piece of the jigsaw that the boss [Sampaoli] asked for.

“I don’t think that there will be anymore movement.”

Image: Eliaquim Mangala

Other reports confirm Eliaquim Mangala is also in Valencia undergoing a medical ahead of completing a loan move from Manchester City.

There speculations that the French defender would be joining his former club Porto, following loss of a place in Pep Guardiola’s plans at Etihad Stadium.

However, reports emerged today that Los Che had made a late offer for the 25-year-old as they look to replace Shkodran Mustafi, who has left for Arsenal.

Manchester City Wins The Battle For German Youngster Leroy Sane.

Image: Schalke youngster Leroy Sane to Manchester City.

Real Madrid have lost the battle for Leroy Sane after Schalke announced their talented winger was very close to joining Manchester City.

Though Sane’s father claimed last month that Madrid were still a possible destination for his son, the statement sounds like an invalid one at this moment, as latest reports confirm Schalke have publicly revealed that a deal has been struck with the English Premier League side–Manchester City.

Schalke confirmed today that the 20-year-old is in Manchester to complete a transfer to City, worth a reported €36.5m.

Leroy Sane’s transfer to Manchester City from Schalke could end up costing the Premier League club as much as £42million. The initial fee is £37m but that may rise by up to £5m with add-ons over the course of his stay at the Etihad, Daily Mail reported.

The 20-year-old Germany international will undergo a medical in Manchester today after spending the night in a city center hotel. 

Schalke have confirmed that the player flew to England to complete the deal instead of joining their training camp in Austria, and it is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

“Leroy Sane is currently in Manchester and will not be travelling with Schalke to the training camp,” the German club wrote on their official Twitter account.

Leroy Sane leaves the Radisson Hotel in Manchester city centre on Monday morning

Leroy Sane is pictured leaving the Radisson Hotel in Manchester city center Monday morning (Source: Daily Mail).

Real Madrid lost out in the battle for Paul Pogba late last week, and now Sane. The news comes after it emerged Madrid had to sell before they could buy.

The truth remains, “Los Blancos may not really need an extra player at this time” as coach Zinedine Zidane stated earlier. They just won the Champions League and have world-class players who are still hungry for more.

Man Utd vs Man City: Why The Match Scheduled In Beijing Today Was Canceled.

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho is facing a serious disappointment–bigger than what Anthony Martial feels about his No. 9. Today’s International Champions Cup scheduled against Manchester City in Beijing has been canceled due to poor weather conditions, after the clubs and fans had longed for this day to come.

Mourinho was forced to conduct a chaotic pitchside press conference on Sunday because of sweltering temperatures inside the press room

Image: Mourinho giving a press conference outside the stadium pitch due to bad weather conditions.

Mourinho was forced to hold a pre-match press briefing on the side of the stadium pitch in order to avoid chaotic scenes inside the conference room at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium.

Earlier reports said, “half the squad were re-routed to an airport 160 miles outside of Beijing with the flight from Shanghai diverted as a result of adverse weather in the Chinese capital”.

China is still witnessing series of floods in most cities, and the number of lives lost has been on the increase in recent weeks.

Unfortunately, the timing for this would-be memorable derby between two English clubs has denied ‘crazy’ football lovers in the country, a chance to watch their idols play in Beijing.

In the words of United manager Jose Mourinho, the pitch at the Bird’s Nest Stadium is “very bad”.

Image: Jose Mourinho and Manchester United squad jetting off to Beijing.

A statement on the United website confirmed what would have been the first Manchester derby outside the UK had been postponed.

“Due to recent weather events, tournament organizers and participating clubs have made the decision to cancel the International Champions Cup fixture to be played in Beijing tonight, 25 July,” said the statement.

Reports say both Manchester United and Manchester City have tendered official apologies to Chinese fans, for the decision not to hold the match as scheduled. Most football lovers had traveled to Beijing ahead of time, made bought tickets and paid for hotel rooms.

Image: Jose Mourinho

City chief executive Ferran Soriano said in the club’s official website: “We are very disappointed not to be able to play for our supporters here in Beijing. The players have been working hard in training to prepare for an exciting derby.

“We know how much everyone was looking forward to the game, but we understand that this bad weather is beyond anyone’s control, and that the rain has made it totally unsafe to play on this pitch.

“It has been a pleasure and an honour to experience such a warm welcome from the people and supporters here in Beijing, and we remain committed to playing here in the future.”

Image: Chinese fans take photos during Manchester United’s training tour.

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward had this to say on the disappointment: “It’s extremely disappointing not to be able to play the game in this amazing stadium but the recent torrential rain would have caused problems anywhere in the world and has left the pitch unplayable.

“We know our fans in China will, like the players and staff, be saddened by the cancellation of the match but I am sure they appreciate that the player safety has to be the top priority.

“I am sure we will return to the Bird’s Nest in the future to give them the chance to see the team in action.”

Image: Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho meets Joel and Avram Glazer in China.

Jose Mourinho is known to have always been open in his statements, no matter how many more critics choose to join the bandwagon. He openly criticized the situation in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium at the weekend, saying “his only objective was to get his players home healthy”, Sky Sports wrote.

He said on Sunday, according to reports from the sports website: “I think Beijing is unlucky because the pitch is very bad.

“The condition of my players is more important than the results in pre-season.

“My only objective is to take the players home safe and without injury. These are no conditions to play a good game of football.

“If it was a friendly, it becomes a double friendly now. No injuries, play calm, play safe, go home and keep the preparation for next week. I hope our players and City’s players can go home without injury.”

Image: Manchester United players looking excited on the plane.

Manchester City Joins Race For Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

Manchester City have joined the list of clubs scrambling for services from James Rodriguez who currently plays at Real Madrid. Arsenal is said to have shown interest, too.

Image shows James Rodriguez in Colombian colors.

As Jorge Mendes (the player’s representative) is scheduled to meet Madrid President Florentino Perez next week, both are expected to discuss the footballer’s current situation in the squad. There could also be discussions on James exit especially regarding buy-out clauses and other legalities that’ll set him free to move to any club of his choice.

The Colombian star player has been a shadow of himself at the Santiago Bernabeu since Zinedine Zidane took charge in January. Although the player seem to be working his way up the ladder, it is widely speculated that he doesn’t have a good relationship with the coach.

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Keylor Navas: Real Madrid Must Be Calm Against Manchester City.

Real Madrid of Spain goalkeeper, Keylor Navas believes the team will need to remain calm against Manchester City in what is expected to be a tense match. This is the only way, according to the goal-tender, victory can be assured in the Champions League semi-finals.

Madrid is currently playing City at the Santiago Bernabeu with the Ist Half ending 1-0 in favor of the Spanish club.

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Ronaldo Asking Barcelona A Favor.

In what seems like a case of the desirable being unavailable, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has reached out to fierce rivals Barcelona for injury help.

CR7 is so desperate to play against Manchester City but it’s so sad that the Portuguese is still suffering from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie.

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Karim Benzema May Not Play Against City.

Karim Benzema may not feature in the Real Madrid’s squad for the Champions League semi-final second leg with Manchester City.

Madrid have confirmed a hamstring injury for the striker, who played only the first half of Tuesday first leg goalless draw before he was forced off.

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Manchester United Crying Over Player Signed by Manchester City.

It’s a very sad moment for Manchester United after the club missed out on Borussia Dortmund’s star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan who has just been signed by Manchester City.

 

The Etihad management is keen on adding spice in its already transformed squad for the summer with Pep Guardiola as the new tactician.

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Raheem Sterling Slashed £300k From A £1.5million Mansion Just To Sell It.

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has slashed his £1.5million valued Merseyside mansion by £300k in order to sell it. That’s a big discount for interested buyers.

Sitting area leading on from the kitchen

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Manchester United v Manchester City In China (July 25).

Manchester United will play Manchester City in Beijing’s iconic “Bird Nest” stadium on July 25 as part of their Tour in China, the club said on Wednesday.

It said in a statement that United will play in the International Champions Cup (ICC) against a Bundesliga side in the Shanghai Stadium on July 22 before facing Manchester City in the iconic Beijing National Stadium on July 25.

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