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Man City's risk-vs-reward style paying off for Guardiola
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Man City's risk-vs-reward style paying off for Guardiola

Manchester Citys risk-versus-reward approach under Pep Guardiola was summed up in one passage of play during a Champions League match against Celtic. With two opponents closing in, City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo coolly slid a pass between them to midfielder Fernandinho on the edge of the area. Pressured by two more hounding Celtic players, Fernandinho produced a Cruyff turn to create space for h...


Ilkay Gundogan returns to Germany squad for qualifiers

Ilkay Gundogan will return for Germany after nearly a year out with various injuries for World Cup qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland. The Manchester City midfielder last played for Germany in a friendly against France on Nov. 13, the night of multiple attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. Gundogan missed the European Championship in France. Striker Mario Gomez...


Man City, Bayern winning streaks end in Champions League

In a fiercely competitive Champions League round on Wednesday, the 100 percent winning records of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti with their new clubs finally came to an end. Guardiolas Manchester City trailed three times at Celtic, leveled each time and finished strongly before having to settle for a 3-3 draw. The coachs winning streak to start the season ended at 10 matches. Ancelotti, a...


Allardyce the latest England coach embroiled in controversy

Sam Allardyce isnt the first England manager to find himself in trouble. Allardyce, after only one game in charge, was filmed by undercover journalists from the Daily Telegraph newspaper offering fake businessmen advice on how to sidestep an outlawed player transfer practice and trying to cash in on his job with speaking engagements. The English Football Association offered no backing to the...


Will Cristiano Ronaldo show another type of reaction?
Source: BBC

Will Cristiano Ronaldo show another type of reaction?

Cristiano Ronaldos anger could work in Real Madrids favor. The Portugal winger was visibly upset when he came off in the 72nd minute of the 2-2 league draw at Las Palmas. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said he pulled Ronaldo to rest him for Tuesdays match against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. Ronaldo did not play well but he did set up one goal and he is likely to be eager to disp...


Southampton condemned West Ham to a fourth successive Premier League defeat

Charlie Austin scored his fifth goal in four appearances as Southampton condemned West Ham to a fourth successive Premier League defeat. Austin broke the deadlock in a cagey encounter with a side-foot finish following Ryan Bertrands pull-back. Dusan Tadic made it 2-0, collecting a pass from Austin and rounding Adrian before finding the empty net. James Ward-Prowses low finish consigned We...


Argentina apologizes for coach Edgardo Bauza’s comment on Lionel Messi

Barcelona says the Argentine Football Association has apologized for comments made by its national team coach Edgardo Bauza about Lionel Messis injury. Bauza said this week that Barcelona doesnt take good care of its star player, who is missing upcoming World Cup qualifiers because of a muscle injury sustained while playing for Barcelona in the Spanish league. Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives...


Sergio Busquets to stay with Barcelona at least until 2021

Midfielder Sergio Busquets has signed a new contract with Barcelona until 2021. The club said on Thursday the contract can be extended for two more years, depending on games played. Barcelonas third captain, Busquets has 390 appearances and 12 goals since debuting under coach Pep Guardiola in the 2008-09 season. Hes won three Champions Leagues and six Spanish leagues, among numerous trop...


‘Ruthless’ Pep Guardiola whips Manchester City into shape

With dead-eyed efficiency, Pep Guardiola has hit the ground running as Manchester City manager, ruthlessly clearing his squad of unwanted players and transforming the team into a winning machine. Joe Hart and Yaya Toure are among the former stalwarts to have been cast aside as the uncompromising Guardiola has instilled his philosophy of quick, passing football at the Etihad Stadium. His met...


Valencia fires coach Ayestaran after 4 straight losses
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Valencia fires coach Ayestaran after 4 straight losses

Valencia has fired coach Pako Ayestaran after the team started the season with four straight losses in the Spanish league. The club said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision was made after analyzing the current sporting situation and results. The announcement came two days after Valencia lost 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao, a result that left the club in last place in the 20-team standings. ...


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