Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has thrown a cheeky dig at rivals, Manchester United over their style of play.
The City manager who is known for his preference for tiki-taka style, said United are more likely to play long balls than any other top clubs in the Premier League, while talking about tactics employed by Jose Mourinho which is deemed as negative by many.
Speaking on The Premier League Show, Pep took a subtle dig at United’s approach to games, while citing teams who ‘like to play’. The Spaniard also explained how the English game has evolved with the infusion of football from other countries.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss also admitted that even his best players avoid getting sucked into the high-octane action.
The duo of Mourinho and Guardiola have age-long history of feud since their time in Spain and has maintained their rivalry even in England with both ends of Manchester.
Pep Guardiola will expect that his players continue in their recent impressive form when they come up against Chelsea on Saturday as they hope to try to consolidate on their free goalscoring form but must be wary of the threat coming from the Blues with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard.
Injury: Sarri, pleased with victory but gloomy over injured star player.
Chelsea is enjoying a successful campaign under Maurizio Sarri while they extended a winning run of form against Greek side PAOK on Thursday where Chelsea’s No.11 walked off the pitch in the late period of the game.
Albeit, they took the Lion’s share of possession and an early goal from Willian via a brilliant attack but they finished the game with what looked like Sarri wasn’t comfortable with.
The Spanish player was unable to endure with his injury sustained few minutes to the end of 90minutes from a collision with goalkeeper Alexandros Paschakalis, while Sarri had already made complete changes, he had to manage 10 men against PAOK afterwards.
Pedro posted on his Instagram page to pacify the nerves of his followers.
“Everything’s ok despite the incident at the end of the game. Come on Blues!”
While at the end of the match Sarri replied with response to Pedro’s status:
“I don’t know exactly the situation,” the Blues manager said.
The 59-year-old manager admitted that he wasn’t happy with the score-line but he was pleased with the three points.
Sarri’s men will travel to London to face West Ham on Thursday, a place where they struggled under Antonio Conte with a 1-nil defeat last season.
‘It’s a striker’s dream’: Ex-Liverpool player turns interest back to Anfield.
Ex-Liverpool player Robbie Keane his poised that he would fit into Liverpool’s current front three because he believes he plays like Roberto Firmino.
Republic of Ireland’s legend claims that Jurgen Klopp’s pattern is “a strike’s dream” and as such attackers would love to play under the manager due to his style.
Keane made 28 appearances for the YNWA side and registered seven goals in total after moving from Tottenham for £19 million plus add-ons.
Keane was a very fast player and he has a special talent for driving pass oppositions while with the ball.
As the all-time leading goal scorer with 68 goals with his national teams, he believes he would adapt so quickly to join triumvirate with Mo Salah and Saido Mane because he plays exactly like the Brazilian Firmino.
He spoke in Paddy Power’s 30th about his love for Liverpool’s style:
“The way the Firmino plays is very similar to my game. I like to drop off, in that number ten role, and if you’ve got two players who are that quick to play in on either side of you, it’s a striker’s dream.”
The Dubliner believes that what makes Liverpool special than others is how quick and direct they run against opponents which helps the Reds to create so many chances.
“We’ve seen it against top teams this week in Tottenham and PSG, they couldn’t deal with it. They create so many chances, they’re a horrible team to play against.”
Did you miss Arsenal’s clash against Vorskla? don’t worry here’s how they perform
Arsenal defeated Vorskla last night to record their first win of the competition. In case you missed the interesting encounter, here is our rating of each player’s performances throughout the encounter
The goalie replace Petr Cech in goal and was wonderful with the ball at his feet. He’s a great distributor of the ball but he was unable to keep a clean sheet as he conceded two goals. 6/10
The former Juventus right-back was mobile during the night. He joined the attack, not forgetting his defensive duties.
He puts in a decent performance last night 7/10
The young player executed Emery’s play-from-the-back approach quite well but he needs to improve more on his defensive abilities. He gave opponents some space to attack at the course of the game 6/10
He wasn’t troubled by much as Gunners dominate play from start to finish. However, he made some brilliant interceptions to prevent their opponents from scoring. 7/10
Monreal was awesome at the back. He also made some dashing run towards Vorskla’s area during the game. His overall performance was good but not perfect 6/10
His first start in Arsenal shirt, the Uruguayan prove his quality once again as he continue to lay claim for a permanent place in Unai Emery’s starting XI. 7/10
As usual, the Egyptian was lively while attacking but looked sluggish while defending. He needs to improve on his overall display else, he remains a fringe player at the Emirates Stadium. 6/10
Best player on the pitch for the Gunners. He crowned his perfect display with an assist before being replaced by Emery Unai. 9/10
He was wonderful at the flank as he provide more spark to the attacking frontline. 8/10
Though he scored a goal, the England international need to do more in subsequent matches to cement a place in the team 6/10
The Gabonese prove his prowess in front of goal as he grabbed two goals to help the team to victory. 9/10
Others include Ozil (7/10), Smith-Rowe (6/10), Guendouzi (7/10)
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Chelsea’s Willian claimed that he never thought of leaving the London club despite interest from United and top elites in Europe.
Mauricio Pochettino is poised to sign the 23-year-old striker, Keita Balde who is currently on loan at Inter Milan from AS Monaco.
Romelu Lukaku is assisting 20-year-old Marcus Rashford in extra coaching session while he was seen running attacking recitation after the normal training session.
Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are now in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona Target Lucas Paqueta who is believed to have a buy out clause of around £44 million.
Manchester United are keeping tabs on Lille forward Nicolas Pepe. It was reported that Southampton’s attempt to lure him to St Mary’s proved abortive.
Five times World footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo says his 8-year-old son Ronaldo Junior may not be as good as he his after claiming that it will be “difficult” for him to be better than him.
Liverpool defender and World Cup finalist Dejan Lovren denies claim that would see him spend five years in jail. He was charged with perjury in Croatia.
Gary Cahill could join Tammy Abraham in January following interest from Aston Villa. The 32-year-old player’s contract will expire at the end of the season.
Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard is poised that Chelsea’s 19-year-old midfielder Mason Mount will be a potential England player under Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate.
Tottenham has hit back that their new Stadium will be ready in the early period of 2019.
Liverpool’s goal poacher Saido Mane convinced Roberto Firmino to play against Paris Saint-Germain despite having an eye problem.
32-year-old midfield maestro said he was “banned” from putting on red colour because his dad who supports Leads United hated Manchester United.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Peter Cech says his contract is due to expire this year at Arsenal while he likewise has a task to fight for the first-team position against German shot-stopper Bernd Leno.
Boca Junior winger Cristian Pavon is set to be Arsenal’s new head of football’s signing next summer as Raul Sanllehi his keen on bringing the 22-year-old to England.
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