Manchester City, Chelsea Penalised For Etihad Fracas

Manchester City, Chelsea, EtihadManchester City and Chelsea have been fined £35,000 and £100,000 respectively.

The penalty was issued on Tuesday after players from both teams clashed when the Blues visited the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.

The dispute erupted at the end of City’s 3-1 defeat, after Sergio Aguero was dismissed for a tackle on David Luiz.

Fernandinho was consequently sent off after grabbing Cesc Fabregas as the two teams confronted each other.

Visiting Chelsea had earlier been warned they could face a point’s deduction.

The penalty follows the ban placed on City’s Yaya Toure by a court in England, not to drive for 18 months.

The Ivory Coast international, who pleaded guilty to drink-driving, was also fined £54,000 as means-tested fine.

He admitted that he was above the permitted limit and did not challenge the charge preferred against him.

Guardiola Says Manchester City Win Against Barcelona Is Vital

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City, Barcelona

Pep Guardiola has described Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Barcelona as momentous, considering he has only been working at the club for four months.

Guardiola, who believes it is just a beginning for City, however, says it shows his team is on the right track.

It was a dream come true for the coach as two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne’s fine free-kick handed the hosts a famous win.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as the match ended 3-1 on Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium.

This means Manchester City have one foot in the UEFA Champions League knockout stages.

Ozil Again Secures Arsenal’s Victory Against Razgrad

Arsenal, Ludogorets Razgrad, Mesut Ozil, Manchester United, BarcelonaArsenal have yet again beaten Ludogorets Razgrad 3-2 in a UEFA Champions League return match on Tuesday night.

Although the Gunners had a poor beginning, they later displayed a brilliant performance at the Ludogorets Arena in Bulgaria.

Goals from Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru had set Razgrad on the spot before Granit Xhaka gave the English visitors a reason not to lose their winning hope.

Olivier Giroud also made good use of Aaron Ramsey’s assist to level the score for Arsenal in the 42nd minute.

After a strong battle for the winner, Mohamed Elneny made a superb pass which led to Mesut Ozil’s 88th minute goal.

In an earlier visit to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal humbled the Bulgarian side 6 – 0.

Ozil netted a hat-trick while Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored a goal apiece.

Dream Come True

Meanwhile, it was a dream come true for Coach Pep Guardiola as Manchester United thrashed Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola: Champions League: Guardiola Wants New Mindset Against Barcelona
Pep Guardiola

Football legend, Lionel Messi had open the scoring in the 21st minute with the aim to replicate the Spanish side’s 4-0 win at Camp Nou.

However, the story changed down the line, as Ilkay Guendogan equalised for City.

The first half subsequently ended 1-1.

Kevin de Bruyne netted a brilliant goal few minutes after the second half began before Guendogan scored his second goal.

Chelsea Beat Manchester United 4-0

Chelsea, Manchester United, EPLFormer Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho was humiliated on his return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday as the Blues thrashed Manchester United 4-0.

The Blues led after just 30 seconds when Pedro capitalised on slack defending. Smalling hesitated as a long ball flew in, De Gea charged out and Pedro stole in to whip the ball round the ‘keeper into an empty net for what is now the fastest goal of the season.

The evening got worse for Jose Mourinho 20 minutes later. From a corner, the ball broke to Gary Cahill six yards out and he volleyed high into the net past De Gea.

United offered little sign of making a comeback after failing to capitalise on their good spell in the second half and they fell further behind when Eden Hazard drilled in a precise 15-yard strike to make it 3-0.

It was no way back at this point for the Reds. N’golo Kante sealed victory with a stunning goal; his first for Chelsea.

He took the ball after a clever flick from Pedro, brilliantly dribling past Chris Smalling and then rolled sublimely into the corner past David de Gea.

Chelsea with the victory, moved within a point of English Premier League leaders Manchester City who had earlier played a 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

 

Manchester City Sign Leroy Sane From Schalke 04

Leroy_SaneEnglish Premier League side, Manchester City have announced the signing of German youngster, Leroy Sane from German side, Schalke 04.

The deal is reported to be around 37 million Pounds.

Manchester city’s website announced the signing on Tuesday.

“Manchester City are delighted to announce the signing of Leroy Sane from Schalke 04, mcfc.com said, adding that he “becomes our fifth signing of summer 2016 and will wear the No.19 shirt.

“Sane has signed a five-year deal which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2021.”

Meanwhile, the German forward has expressed delight having the opportunity to work with new Manchester City coach, Pep Guardiola.

“I feel really good, I’m happy to be here and happy that it has all worked out. Now I can settle here in Manchester and play for City.

“One of the reasons I decided to join City was Pep Guardiola; he convinced me to come here and that I can continue to progress. I know I will learn a lot under him and now I can take the next step in my career.

“I followed Pep at Barcelona and at Bayern where he achieved a lot and worked really well with young players.

“I think he can make me a more complete player. I think I will need a bit of time to start with because it’s another league and there’s a different style of play but I think I can adapt very quickly.”

Leroy Sane, 20, joins Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Aleks Zinchenko and Aaron Mooy in arriving at the Etihad Stadium in the 2016 summer transfer window and would wear the number 19 shirt for the club.

UEFA Concludes Draws For Champions League, Europa League

Champions LeagueEuropean football governing body have concluded the draws for the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.

Defending champions, Barcelona will face fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid, runners-up two seasons ago.

Barca, bidding to become the first team to win the trophy two seasons in a row, will get the chance to avenge their defeat at the same stage two years ago when Atletico won 1-0 at home after a 1-1 away draw.

Paris St Germain, will face fellow big spenders Manchester City in the other outstanding tie, with the first leg at the Parc Des Princes.

Ten-times champions Real Madrid will face German side Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich will face Portugal’s Benfica.

Europa League

Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will return to Borussia Dortmund for the first time after the sides were drawn together in the Europa League quarter-finals.

It will be the first time Klopp has returned to his former club after deciding to leave Dortmund at the end of 2014-15 season following seven years with the club.

Defending champions, Sevilla, who are looking to win the Europa League for a third year in a row, have been drawn against domestic rivals Athletic Bilbao.

Sporting Braga will take on Shakhtar Donetsk while Villareal will be up against Sparta Pargue.

Kiev, PSV Hope For Champions League Victory

Champions LeagueDynamo Kiev Coach, Sergei Rebrov, has expressed the Ukrainian team’s determination to stun Manchester City in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League clash.

Coach Rebrov insisted that Dynamo Kiev have not given up yet in the Champions League last-16 return leg match at the Etihad Stadium.

Although, Manchester City defeated Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in the first leg n Ukraine, Rebrov said that they can upturn the result.

It is expected to be a tough match for the visitors who have never won a game on the English soil.

PSV Eindhoven will also be looking to avenge two group stage defeats by Atletico Madrid in the 2008/09 season in their only previous encounters in the Champions League.

Forward Luuk De Jong has returned from suspension for PSV, but Gaston Pereiro is still under suspension after being sent off in the Champions League last-16 first leg.

PSV coach, Phillip Cocu, said that he was ready to take on Atletico Madrid at home, where the intensity of the team is matched by the intensity of the fans.

Manchester City Boss Expects Tough Clash Against Sunderland

CityManchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, says his side will expect a tough match against struggling side, Sunderland in Tuesday night’s English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland lie second from bottom of the Premier League while City are second from top, three points behind Leicester City.

City have a tough fixture list in February following the Sunderland clash, hosting leaders Leicester before facing Tottenham Hotspur the following week and then an FA Cup clash with Chelsea.

Pellegrini’s statement is also coming after Manchester City confirmed that Pep Guardiola would replace the Chilean as their new manager this summer.

City said they had finalised contractual negotiations with the former Barcelona gaffer to become the head coach for the 2016/2017 EPL season onward.

Guardiola will take over at the Etihad Stadium on a three-year deal with Pellegrini set to officially depart on June 30.

Guardiola Confirmed As Manchester City Manager

CityManchester City have confirmed that Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager this summer.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the English Premier League (EPL) club on Monday.

City said they have finalised contractual negotiations with the former Barcelona gaffer to become the head coach for the 2016/2017 EPL season onward.

Guardiola will take over at the Etihad Stadium on a three-year deal with Pellegrini set to officially depart on June 30.

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, also expressed hopes that a home advantage would come into play when the Gunners host Southampton in the EPL on Tuesday.

Arsenal are third in the league, three points behind leaders Leicester City after 23 games and Wenger does not want a repeat of the performance his side put in on Boxing Day when they lost 4-0 at St Mary.

Despite Arsenal having had two draws, away against Stoke City and Liverpool as well as a home defeat to Chelsea in their last three games, Wenger believes his side are playing well.

Capital One Cup: Man Utd, Man City Get Home Draws In Round 4

capital-one-cupManchester United and Manchester City have been rewarded with home draws in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Louis Van Gaal’s side will host Championship side, Middlesbrough, having eased past Ipswich 3-nil at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Manchester City will welcome Crystal Palace to the Etihad Stadium, while Sheffield Wednesday’s reward for beating Newcastle United is a home game against Arsenal.

There are four other all Premier League ties with Everton playing Norwich, Southampton paired with Aston Villa and Stoke hosting the holders, Chelsea.

Liverpool survived a scare against League Two side, Carlisle, squeezing through 3-2 on penalties at Anfield.

Liverpool will host Bournemouth in the next round.

Manchester City Beat Chelsea 3-0

Manchester-city-ChalseaPremier League club, Manchester City, has laid down a significant early marker by beating Chelsea 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The goals scorers were Sergio Aguero Vincent Kompany and  Fernandinho.

Aguero opened the scoring at the 31st minute while Kompany scored at the 79th minute.

Not long after Eden Hazard was given a yellow card, Fernandinho sealed a win with the winning goal in the 85th minute.

After the match, the Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, said that his team had a lot of criticisms, but were always the scoring team.

“I am very proud of this team. We have had a lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team. We won two titles and last year we finished in second place and I continue playing this side. This is the side fans deserve.”

The City boss also said that the most pleasing thing to him about the match is the fact that his side scored three goals.

“Two things are the most pleasing to me about this match. Number one to score three goals. In the first half we played really well, just Asmir Begoivc put in a great performance and we didn’t score more.

“Second it was important to get a clean sheet. To win 3-0 in two games, one against the champions, we are just starting the season but it’s important to play in the way we did today. A lot of criticism but we are always the most scoring team,” he said.

Mertesacker Reveals Secret To Arsenal Victory Over Man City

ArsenalArsenal defender, Per Mertesacker, feels Arsenal’s serene and mature approach was vital in securing victory at Manchester City on Sunday.

The visitors produced a resilient defensive display at Etihad Stadium, restricting their opponents to just four efforts on target.

Mertesacker was pleased with the spirit shown by the whole team, and feels Arsenal have learnt from losing 6-3 in last season’s corresponding fixture.

“We didn’t rush ourselves to do anything,” he said. “We stayed calm over the whole 90 minutes and just dropped a bit deeper.

“It’s very unusual for us, but we learned, especially from last season. I would say it was a mature performance.

“We don’t have to talk too much – it was just one game, but it was a good response.

“Every player was up for proper defending from front to back. I think we have to praise the whole unit,” he told arsenal.com