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Manchester City : Sergio Aguero statue to celebrate Title

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City on Friday unveiled a permanent statue of Sergio Aguero at Etihad Stadium on the tenth anniversary of the club’s first Premier League title and the iconic ’93:20′ moment.

The statue of Sergio Aguero completes a trinity alongside Vincent Kompany and David Silva, commemorating a defining era for the club.
Situated on the east side of the Etihad Stadium, the large-scale statue of Aguero was created by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott and has been constructed using thousands of welded pieces of galvanised steel. At night, Aguero’s statue and those of Kompany and Silva will be specially illuminated with blue tinted lighting.

The permanent statue of Aguero celebrates his outstanding contribution to the club’s success, and in particular, his pivotal role in what was arguably one of the greatest moments in sporting history for which he will be eternally remembered by Manchester City fans around the world.

Player feels grateful to the Club

Aguero, who was recently inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame, won fifteen major trophies during his time at the club, including five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, and a record six League Cups.

Reflecting on his statue, Sergio Aguero said: “Truthfully, it is a very beautiful thing for me, to see myself 10 years ago is very moving.”

“In those 10 years I was able to win a lot of trophies and was able to help the Club become one of the most important in the world. I am very grateful to the Club for making this statue in recognition of my football career in Manchester. It is something very special,” he added. (ANI)

 

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Liverpool may have been under full strength but even in defeat it was a test emphatically passed by Steve Cooper’s burgeoning Nottingham Forest side. The hosts displayed impressive defensive discipline and shape to keep Liverpool out for 78 minutes,  They almost certainly would have been awarded a spot-kick had Ryan Yates altered his direction slightly and aimed to draw more significant contact from Alisson, the kind of trick pulled so often by Premier League forwards for the benefit of the video assistant referee. The VAR decision to rule Diogo Jota onside for the winner was also very tight. Forest caused Jürgen Klopp’s men problems and had the chances to win the match outright but a lack of ruthlessness with the opportunities they created left Cooper’s side to ponder a couple of marginal decisions that could easily have gone the other way. As Joe Worrall said, Forest went “toe to toe with one of the best teams in the world”.

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Eberechi Eze’s fine first season at Crystal Palace was soundtracked by the fond, paternal shouts of Ray Lewington, who seemed in some games to be present purely for the purpose of in-game coaching Palace’s left-sided attacker. Hopefully Lewington had a Sunday off to shout fondly at his television screen as Eze produced a fine, bold, effective display in the 4-0 FA Cup defeat of Everton. This was significant: Eze’s second start against Premier League opponents since May 2021; an assertive showing after a season struggling with the aftershocks of an achilles injury; and more simply a reminder of what an excellent player he is, so easy on the ball, so progressive in his movement and passing. Palace have a core of high-grade attacking players. Eze against Everton was a reminder that he might just end up the best of that group. Mainly he is just a rare pleasure to watch.

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Bukayo Saka made a point of telling the referee Robert Madley he needed more protection after feeling he had received rough treatment during Arsenal’s win at Aston Villa, but he was given short shrift by Steven Gerrard when his concerns were fed through. “It’s part of the game,” Gerrard said. “The last time I checked, it wasn’t a no-contact sport. I think tackles are allowed, physicality is allowed. He’s a good player, an outstanding talent. I love him. But he can’t complain about that side of it, that’s football. I’m sitting here now with screws in my hips. I’ve had about 16 operations. I’m struggling to go to the gym at the moment. That’s all on the back of earning a living in English football. He’ll learn and he’ll learn quick.” In fairness to Saka, he routinely gets up, dusts himself down and carries on; Gerrard was right that Villa had done little wrong, despite rancour over a fair tackle by Tyrone Mings, and the sense was that the England forward was expressing a longer-term frustration.

WOLVES LOOK TROUBLED..

Whatever madness ensued at Molineux, Wolves allowed themselves to wobble, self-destructing in the wake of Raúl Jiménez’s controversial sending-off. It was a decision that stung Bruno Lage but more so his players. Wolves were chasing a third goal that would surely have put the game to bed but Leeds exposed their frailty to devastating effect and Lage was critical of his team’s mentality, accusing his players of being too concerned about the injured Stuart Dallas; they wilted under pressure. Friday night was the first time they have conceded three goals this season. “We created a lot of chances to score more goals and this is how we need to grow up, we need to kill the game,” said the Wolves head coach. “It happened against Manchester United at home [when they conceded a late winner in August] and it’s happened again. These are the little things and we need to grow up as a team.

CHELSEA INTO ANOTHER WEMBLEY SHOWDOWN..

At times it may have looked simple for Chelsea but Thomas Tuchel begged to disagree. According to the visiting manager, beating Middlesbrough 2-0 to reach the FA Cup semi finals took a “huge effort” from his players. It involved Tuchel adjusting his formation to 4-1-4-1 in order to combat Chris Wilder’s clever pressing game and, as Boro’s manager pointed out, the Championship side were never overrun by opponents who could afford to lose £900,000 a week under Roman Abramovich’s outgoing ownership. If such losses explain why Chelsea’s sale may not be that straightforward they also highlight the excellence of the job Wilder has done on an infinitely tighter budget since succeeding Neil Warnock in November. After beating Manchester United and Tottenham in earlier rounds Boro can now concentrate on securing a play-off place. They and Wilder would grace the Premier League.

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It was a surprise to see Jan Bednarek omitted from the Southampton lineup for the FA Cup visit of Manchester City – and indeed the match-day squad. Had the first-choice centre-back picked up an injury? It turned out it was something else, as Ralph Hassenhüttl would explain after the 4-1 loss. “Bednarek has a big game for Poland next week and it seemed to me he is not 100% with his mind for us here today,” the manager said. “I didn’t want to take the risk that he doesn’t make the last step to hurt himself.” It is certainly a big game for Poland. Bednarek’s team will face either Sweden or the Czech Republic on Tuesday week in a play-off for the World Cup finals. Hasenhüttl did not sound overly pleased with Bednarek and maybe it was because his replacement, Jack Stephens, had an uncomfortable afternoon, making errors, including a bad one for Raheem Sterling’s opening goal.

With that win Manchester City are set to take on Liverpool in a mouth watering  semi-final clash against Liverpool.

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You would never see West Ham being a top-four side,” said David Moyes after his team’s attempt at Champions League qualification suffered probably a terminal blow in Sunday’s 3-1 loss against Spurs. “I am a bit annoyed that I am getting asked it, but also I’m quite pleased because it’s telling me we were seen as a side that was getting seen for top four. It should be put as – how well have West Ham done to stay in the race until the last part of season.” Defeatism or realism from Moyes? Surely it was the latter: he is correct that West Ham have been punching above their weight, and his attempt to manage expectation is entirely understandable. It was also predictable that there would be a hangover from Thursday’s win against Sevilla. Happily for the Hammers, they would get the best of both worlds if they can win the Europa League, booking themselves a place in next season’s Champions League via a different route.

 

Premier League: Rodri late winner helps Manchester City defeat 10-man Arsenal 2-1

London [UK]: Rodri scored a stoppage-time winner to give Manchester City an 11th successive Premier League victory as the leaders came from behind to defeat 10-man Arsenal 2-1 on Saturday.
In a flying start, City’s Ruben Dias headed just wide before Gabriel Martinelli’s shot was blocked by Ederson at the other end. Arsenal broke the deadlock on 31 minutes to reward an impressive first-half display when Bukayo Saka swept in from Kieran Tierney’s pass. It was the first time Pep Guardiola’s side had trailed in a league match since October 30.
But City levelled on 57 minutes when Bernardo Silva was adjudged to have been fouled by Granit Xhaka, following a VAR review, and Riyad Mahrez converted the penalty.
Within 60 seconds Martinelli then hit the post following Nathan Ake’s goalline clearance, and less than a minute later Arsenal were reduced to 10 men as Gabriel was booked for a second time.
Although the Gunners dug in resolutely, Rodri popped up to poke in a last-gasp winner from close range.
City are now on 53 points, 11 clear at the top but having played one match more than second-placed Chelsea. Arsenal remain fourth with 35 points.

Ferran Torres joins FC Barcelona from Manchester City

Manchester [UK]: FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with Manchester City for the transfer of Ferran Torres, the Spanish Club informed on Tuesday.
The player has signed a contract for the next five seasons, until 30 June 2027, and his buyout clause has been set at 1,000 million euros as per FC Barcelona. Manchester City said Ferran Torres has left the Club and completed a permanent move to Barcelona.
“Ferran should be proud of what he has achieved here at Manchester City. Last season was his first time in a new country, but he adapted well. He always gave 100 per cent, worked hard for the team and scored goals which helped us win trophies,” Manchester City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said in a statement.
“Last season was his first time in a new country, but he adapted well. He always gave 100 per cent, worked hard for the team and scored goals which helped us win trophies.
“Injury unfortunately prevented him from playing more games this season, but Ferran is a player we have all enjoyed working with and we wish him all the best at Barcelona and for the rest of his career,” he added.
Torres made a positive start to the 2021-22 campaign, scoring three times in seven games, including a brace in a 5-0 rout of Arsenal, before injury struck whilst representing Spain in the Nations League Finals.

Premier League: Centurion Raheem Sterling shines as Man City beat Wolves

Manchester [UK]: Raheem Sterling scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester City defeated 10-man Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.
In a goalless opening 45 minutes, Raul Jimenez was dismissed in first-half stoppage time for collecting two yellow cards in 31 seconds. The Mexican was booked for a foul on Rodri and then prevented the resulting free-kick from being taken. After the break, City upped the pressure and Ilkay Gundogan had his header cleared off the line by Conor Coady.
The hosts were then awarded a penalty when Joao Moutinho was adjudged to have handled the ball. Sterling converted down the middle for his landmark goal on 66 minutes.
City extend their lead at the top to 38 points, four clear of Liverpool who face Aston Villa later on Saturday. Wolves remain eighth on 21 points.

Premier League: Pep Guardiola wins manager of the month for 10th time

London [UK]: Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola has been voted the Premier League’s manager of the month for November 2021 on Friday.
Guardiola claims the award after a month in which Manchester City won all three Premier League matches. Guardiola has now been named manager of the month 10 times, giving him the competition’s joint third-highest total alongside West Ham manager David Moyes. Only Sir Alex Ferguson (27) and Arsene Wenger (15) have claimed the award on more occasions. Man City started November with a 2-0 derby victory at Manchester United and followed up by keeping a second consecutive clean sheet in a 3-0 home success against Everton.
Their winning streak continued by beating West Ham United 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
That run of results moved the champions to within one point of the top of the table, before they reached the summit with consecutive wins at the start of December.
The 50-year-old won after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts, beating fellow nominees Steven Gerrard and Jurgen Klopp.

Man City coach Pep Guardiola set for toughest part of season

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola believes the next period of the season will be the toughest.
With seven matches between Sunday and New Year’s Day, starting with Tuesday’s Champions League game in Germany against RB Leipzig, Guardiola says many things can happen at this crucial stage. “There are many games to come and it’s the toughest part of the season. We’ll try to continue at this level and this rhythm,” he said as per the club’s official website.
“Everyone is back, it doesn’t matter who plays, we are consistent and winning games but in football, everything can go down in one second. I’m more than pleased with what the guys have done in this tough period and now comes the toughest one for the number of games, weather, injuries. We keep going with this rhythm and try to play well,” the City boss added.
On Saturday, Bernardo Silva scored twice as Manchester City beat Watford 3-1 for a fifth successive victory that moved them top of the Premier League table for the first time this season.
The City has leapfrog Chelsea and Liverpool on 35 points, one clear of the Reds. But a third straight defeat leaves Watford 17th on 13 points, three above the bottom three.

Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool register victories

London [UK]: Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea registered victories in their respective matches of the ongoing Premier League 2021-22 season.
Chelsea is currently at the top of the Premier League standings and Thomas Tuchel’s side is one point ahead of the second-placed Manchester City. Liverpool is in the third position, two points behind table-toppers Chelsea.
Chelsea defeated Watford 2-1 with the goals coming from Mason Mount and Hakim Ziyech for the Blues.
Liverpool thrashed Watford 4-1 with the goals being registered by Jordon Henderson, Mohamed Salah (brace) and Diogo Jota for the Reds.
Manchester City defeated Aston Villa 2-1 while Southampton and Leicester City played out a 2-2 draw.
Later today, Arsenal would square off against Manchester United while Tottenham Hotspur will take on Brentford.

Kevin De Bruyne is Covid Positive

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has tested positive for COVID-19 on international duty with Belgium, City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed on Friday.
“Unfortunately Kevin tested positive for COVID in Belgium,” Guardiola said in the pre-match press conference, as per goal.com. The City boss added that the midfielder would isolate for 10 days. The 30-year-old playmaker has been away on World Cup qualifying duty with his country, helping Roberto Martinez’s side to book their place at next year’s showpiece event in Qatar.
“We found out two days ago, he’s here. Forget about fitness and momentum, he’s positive, now he has to recover. We have to be careful, people are dying from COVID. He’s vaccinated so hopefully he will be okay,” Guardiola added.
The defending champions will host Everton in the Premier League on Sunday.

Want best for Manchester United : Solskjaer

Manchester [UK] : After stumbling to a defeat against Manchester City in the Premier League, Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said that he believes that he can turn the fortunes around for the Red Devils.
Manchester City dished out a dominant performance as an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike earned the champions their first Manchester derby victory in five Premier League attempts over their local rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday. “I have good communication with the club. I want the best for United and as long as I’m here I want to do everything I can to improve this. We’ve been through this a few times and since the last home game, it’s been a very difficult period. Systems or style we need to be on the front foot more. I can’t look at myself and say this is how I want United to be,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports, as reported by Goal.com.
“Can I turn United’s season around? Definitely. And you’re right, back to where we should be, for me it’s about back to what we started to look like, we started to look a proper team, we started to look like a team I like to see. We’ve had three or four weeks now of a disappointing spell,” he added.
City went ahead on seven minutes when Bailly diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net. Cancelo earned his second assist with a cross which was turned in by Bernardo at the far post behind a hesitant Luke Shaw.
The hosts improved in the second half but also lost Shaw to a head injury. City, who move second with 23 points, almost scored again late on as Phil Foden clipped a post. A fourth consecutive home match without a win keeps United in fifth with 17 points.

PL: Dominant City drub United 3-0 to claim derby victory

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City dished out a dominant performance as an Eric Bailly own goal and a Bernardo Silva strike earned the champions their first Manchester derby victory in five Premier League attempts over their local rivals at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The champions went ahead on seven minutes when Bailly diverted Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net. United briefly rallied when Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was saved by Ederson and Mason Greenwood scuffed the rebound wide.
David De Gea made five big saves in the first half to deny Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne, Cancelo, twice, and a Victor Lindelof deflection before City beat the Spaniard’s resistance again on the stroke of half-time.

Cancelo earned his second assist with a cross which was turned in by Bernardo at the far post behind a hesitant Luke Shaw.

The hosts improved in the second half but also lost Shaw to a head injury. City, who move second with 23 points, almost scored again late on as Phil Foden clipped a post. A fourth consecutive home match without a win keeps United in fifth with 17 points. (ANI)

Liverpool’s biggest game of season so far, says Henderson ahead of clash with Man City

Liverpool [UK]: Liverpool FC captain Jordan Henderson stressed the need for the club to be at their ‘very best’ when they face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds entered the weekend occupying first place in the Premier League standings, with the reigning champions one spot beneath them after six rounds of fixtures. Writing in his column in the official matchday programme, Henderson detailed his immense respect for Pep Guardiola’s side, having battled intensely with them for honours in recent seasons.
Liverpool skipper said: “There’s no doubt that today’s game is our biggest of the season so far. The Premier League table tells us this, recent history and the aims of the two clubs tells us this.”
“As an opponent, Manchester City are as strong as they come and we welcome them to Anfield in the knowledge that having got a great result at Chelsea last weekend they will be looking for another one today.”
“City’s record under Pep Guardiola speaks for itself. From a Liverpool perspective, they set the standards that we had to live up to before we could become champions and any team which wants to win the league this season will know that their chances of doing so will be maximised if they finish above City. “
Liverpool who is currently second placed in PL will clash with defending champions Manchester City on Sunday. Notably, Merseyside club has failed to score a non-penalty goal in each of their last three meetings with Manchester City, but their in-form forwards will be confident of ending that run at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are the competition’s top scorers with 15 goals in six matches, while Man City have conceded just once all season in the league. Between them, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota have had direct involvement in 12 of those goals.

Champions League: Messi scores as PSG defeat Man City

Paris [France]: Idrrisa Gueye and Lionel Messi got among the scoring chart as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester City in the Group A encounter of the UEFA Champions League here at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday (local time).
PSG defeated City 2-0 to move to the top spot in Group A with 4 points. Manchester City, meanwhile is at third spot with three points. Gueye got PSG off the mark in just the eighth minute of the game and this put Manchester City on the backfoot. No other goals were scored in the first half and PSG held on to its 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Messi doubled PSG’s lead in the 74th minute and by then, it was known that City would not be able to make a comeback.
In another game, Liverpool defeated Porto 5-1 in Group B encounter to move to the top spot with 6 points.
For the Reds, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored a brace while Sadio Mane also got himself among the scoring sheet.

PL: Southampton frustrates Manchester City in goalless draw

Manchester [UK], September 18 : Defending champion Manchester City were unable to convert dominant possession into goals as they were held to a goalless draw by Southampton on Saturday in the Premier League (PL).
The home side controlled much of the first half and came closest to scoring through Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling. Southampton were awarded a penalty on 61 minutes when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled Adam Armstrong, for which he was shown a red card.
However, both decisions were overturned after a review by referee Jonathan Moss.
The City thought they had a stoppage-time winner when Phil Foden’s saved header, their only shot on target throughout the match, was converted by Sterling on the rebound. But Sterling was found to have been offside by VAR.
The first draw in 31 league matches puts Man City second on 10 points, while Southampton, still awaiting a first win, drop to 15th with four points.

UEFA Champions League group stage draw: City vs Paris, Chelsea vs Juventus

Istanbul [Turkey], August 27 : UEFA Champions League holders Chelsea are up against Juventus, final hosts Zenit and Malmo after the group stage draw was made in Istanbul for the 2021-2022 season.
Manchester City are up against Lionel Messi-powered Paris Saint-Germain in Group A, while Manchester United and Villarreal face a rematch of last season’s UEFA Europa League decider in Group F. The fixture list will be set on Saturday. Earlier, in the ceremony, Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho was named 2021/21 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year. The 29-year-old, who last season became only the tenth player to win a European Cup and a Euro in the same year, beat off competition from Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kante.
The midfielder proved to be the perfect foil for Kante as Chelsea called the tune against European heavyweights Atletico, Real Madrid and Manchester City on their way to UEFA Champions League glory.
The Player of the Match display against Porto in Chelsea’s quarter-final opener underlined his ability to dictate play and vindicated Thomas Tuchel’s decision to make him part of his first-choice midfield pairing. Roberto Mancini took note, making the 29-year-old the linchpin of Italy’s Euro-winning outfit.
The London-based club took home another individual trophy as Thomas Tuchel was named UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year. Tuchel beat off competition from Roberto Mancini and Josep Guardiola to become the second German winner after Hansi Flick claimed the inaugural award for 2019/20.
Full Group Stage Draw of UEFA 2021-2022 season:
Group A: Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Club Brugge; Group B: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Porto, AC Milan; Group C: Sporting CP, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas; Group D: Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sheriff Tiraspol; Group E: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv; Group F: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, Young Boys; Group G: Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg; Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Malmo.

Manchester City to unveil Kompany and Silva statues ahead of Arsenal clash

Manchester [UK]: Manchester City on Monday revealed that the permanent statues of Club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva will be unveiled outside Etihad Stadium before the Premier League match against Arsenal this week.
Award-winning sculptor Andy Scott was the artist who won the commission to create permanent statues of Club legends Vincent Kompany, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Uniquely, the Kompany and Silva projects have been conducted entirely remotely from Scott’s securing the commission in June 2020, through to creation, completion and transportation of the pieces, which arrived on schedule in Manchester from Philadelphia in August 2021, PL club stated on their website.
The statues of Kompany and Silva are to be installed outside the Club’s Etihad Stadium ahead of this weekend’s fixture against Arsenal, with Aguero’s tribute to follow in 2022, after his departure from the club this summer.
The legacy project was announced by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak following the departure in Summer 2019 of Vincent Kompany, the Club’s most successful captain in its 127-year history. The decision to honour the three players was based on their unparalleled contribution to the Club’s transformation over their combined thirty-one years at the club.
Al Mubarak has since indicated that further work is being undertaken to ensure the legends of earlier eras are appropriately celebrated. Kompany was City’s long-time captain winning the Premier League title four times, as well as two FA Cups and four League Cups while Silva won one more League Cup medal.

Manchester City to introduce ‘edible coffee cup’ this season

               

Manchester [UK]: The Premier League champions Manchester City on Wednesday announced that they will introduce an ‘edible coffee cup’ at Etihad Stadium ahead of their first home game against Norwich City.

To welcome fans back, the Club is also offering half-price food and drink inside the stadium at the concourse and concessions between BST 1pm and 2pm for the opening fixture on Saturday.
“Alongside new food and beverage offerings, City are also introducing 100% recyclable and zero plastic beer cups and will trial an ‘edible coffee cup’ this season,” PL club’s website read.

“For the first time on Campus, an ‘edible coffee cup’ will also be introduced. This fantastic and innovative solution provides an amazing solution to waste, just eat your cup! These will be trailed alongside our full barista service of hot drinks outside the stadium in City Square an opposite west entrance. Fans will have the option to put these cups into our composting waste stream, if preferred,” the statement added.

As part of the City’s commitment to eliminate all single-use plastics from catering operations and improve carbon impact even further, the Club also introduced an exciting, innovative, and market-leading paper beer cup. The aqueous paper cups, will be 100% plastic-free and manufactured from sustainable sourced paper & card, all of which will be fully recyclable.

The cups will be collected throughout the stadium in the same manner as their predecessor via collection points and waste stackers and will exit via our dry mixed recycling waste stream to be 100% recycled. (ANI)

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