Guardiola Says Man City Will Be His Longest Reign

Manchester City’s Coach, Pep Guardiola

 

Pep Guardiola admits he can’t imagine managing any other club for longer than his golden spell in charge of Manchester City.

Guardiola is in the final year of his contract as City boss and has yet to reveal if he will extend his stay with the Premier League champions.

The 51-year-old was equally coy before eventually renewing his deal twice before in his six years in Manchester.

Guardiola has won nine major trophies, including four Premier League titles, since taking over at City in 2016.

By the end of the season he will have been in charge at City for as long as he was at Barcelona and Bayern Munich combined.

And the Spaniard admits City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners have provided the perfect environment for him to thrive in.

“Stay in another place for seven years? No, I don’t think so. It is difficult to find what I have here as a manager,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.

“To be a manager for a long time you need to be so supported. The results help a lot, that is undeniable. In this world they sack you, they fire you, we know that.

“But, at big clubs, part of the success of the manager is the chairman, the sporting director especially, the CEOs and all the people here.

“It goes to the media, fans and players. There is stability. This is why I think only in few clubs this can happen.”

The upcoming World Cup means the Premier League is going on pause, offering an opportunity for Guardiola to meet with his employers to discuss his future beyond the end of the campaign.

But whether or not that will happen remains unclear, with Guardiola typically guarded.

“I’ve said many times, I don’t talk about that,” he said. “Everything is under control, it’s perfect, the decision will be made together with the club the moment it has to be made.

“When we have time, when the moment we feel it both sides, we take a decision.”

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FULL FIXTURES: Bayern Face PSG, Chelsea Battle Dortmund In Champions League

UEFA Champions League’s ambassador Hamit Altintop holds the slip of Liverpool FC during the UEFA Champions League football cup round of 16 draw ceremony on December 16, 2019 in Nyon.
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The draw for the last 16 of this season’s UEFA Champions League was made on Monday in Nyon, Switzerland with Liverpool handed a rematch with Real Madrid after their clash in last season’s final.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were drawn to play Bayern Munich in a repeat of the 2020 final which was won by the German club.

Manchester City will play RB Leipzig and 2021 winners Chelsea also drew German opposition in the shape of Borussia Dortmund. The first leg of all last-16 ties will be played in February with the return matches in March.

The final of this season’s Champions League will be held in Istanbul on June 10 next year.

See full fixtures below: 

RB Leipzig (GER) v Manchester City (ENG)
Club Brugge (BEL) v Benfica (POR)
Liverpool (ENG) v Real Madrid (ESP)
AC Milan (ITA) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Eintracht Frankfurt (GER) v Napoli (ITA)
Borussia Dortmund (GER) v Chelsea (ENG)
Inter Milan (ITA) v Porto (POR)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Bayern Munich (GER)

Haaland Late Show Sends Man City Top, Leeds Win Thriller

Manchester City's Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (2R) scores the team's second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Fulham at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on November 5, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)
Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (2R) scores the team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Fulham at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on November 5, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

 

Erling Haaland fired Manchester City to the top of the Premier League as the champions recovered from Joao Cancelo’s dismissal to clinch a last-gasp 2-1 win against Fulham, while Leeds staged a stirring fightback to beat Bournemouth 4-3 on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side led through Julian Alvarez’s first half goal at the Etihad Stadium.

Fulham equalised before the interval when Andreas Pereira converted a penalty awarded for Cancelo’s foul on Harry Wilson, with the City left-back sent off much to Guardiola’s visible disgust.

But Haaland was the hero yet again after missing City’s last two matches due to illness and a foot problem.

On as a substitute, Haaland scored a stoppage-time penalty to notch his 23rd goal in 16 competitive City appearances since his close-season move from Borussia Dortmund.

City’s seventh successive home league win lifted them one point above previous leaders Arsenal, who can go back to the top of the table with a win at London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

Alvarez opened the scoring after 17 minutes, racing onto a fine through ball from Ilkay Gundogan and firing in a powerful shot off the underside of the crossbar.

But 11 minutes later Cancelo barged Wilson off the ball as the Fulham winger broke though on goal.

Darren England brandished a red card and Fulham midfielder Pereira, formerly of City’s arch rivals Manchester United, sent Ederson the wrong way with his spot-kick.

However, Haaland came on with half an hour left and turned the tide in City’s favour.

Antonee Robinson’s foul on Kevin De Bruyne in the 90th minute conceded a penalty that Norway striker Haaland fired past Bernd Leno.

Crysencio Summerville starred for Leeds as they came back from 3-1 down at Elland Road.

Summerville was Leeds’ match-winner in last week’s shock victory at Liverpool and he followed it up with another crucial strike that clinched successive wins for Jesse Marsch’s side.

Bournemouth led 2-1 at the break after James Tavernier and Philip Billing had cancelled out Rodrigo’s early penalty.

Dominic Solanke put the Cherries further ahead early in the second half.

But Sam Greenwood curled home Leeds’ second and Liam Cooper headed them level before Summerville slammed home the winner with six minutes remaining.

Brighton rock Wolves

Brighton beat Wolves 3-2 at Molineux just hours after the struggling hosts appointed Julen Lopetegui as their new manager.

Former Real Madrid boss Lopetegui, hired to replace the sacked Bruno Lage, will take charge on November 14, when the Premier League pauses for the World Cup.

Interim boss Steve Davis remained in charge against the Seagulls and couldn’t stop second bottom Wolves crashing to a fourth defeat in six games.

Adam Lallana gave Brighton a 10th-minute lead when he curled in his first goal since March 2021.

Goncalo Guedes levelled two minutes later from close-range and Ruben Neves put Wolves ahead with a 35th minute penalty after Lewis Dunk was ruled to have handled.

It was the first time Wolves had scored twice in a Premier League game this season.

Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma equalised for Brighton when he nodded in Lallana’s deep cross in the 44th minute.

Wolves defender Nelson Semedo was sent off five minutes into first-half stoppage-time after hauling down Mitoma.

And Mitoma set up Pascal Gross to blast into the roof of the net as Brighton stole the points in the 83rd minute.

Bottom-of-the-table Nottingham Forest drew 2-2 with Brentford at the City Ground thanks to a stoppage-time own goal from Mathias Jorgensen.

Morgan Gibbs-White scored his first goal for Forest in the 20th minute, but Brentford equalised in first-half stoppage time after referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty following a check on the pitchside monitor.

Marriner originally decided that Dean Henderson had not fouled Yoane Wissa but changed his mind and Bryan Mbeumo scored from the spot.

Brentford took the lead with 16 minutes left but Gibbs-White’s effort went in off Jorgensen in the final seconds.

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Injured Chilwell To Miss Qatar World Cup – Chelsea

Chelsea’s English defender Ben Chilwell reacts on the floor before being taken off injured during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Chelsea and Dinamo Zagreb at Stamford Bridge in London on November 2, 2022. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP)

 

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell will miss England’s World Cup campaign after suffering a “significant” hamstring injury.

Chilwell limped off during Chelsea’s Champions League group stage victory against Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old left-back went for scans on his injury and Chelsea confirmed on Saturday that he will not be fit in time for the World Cup, which starts in Qatar on November 20.

“Following the injury sustained in our recent game against Dinamo Zagreb, Ben has undergone a scan on his hamstring,” the Chelsea statement said.

“Results show that Ben has suffered a significant injury and the defender is unfortunately expected to miss the World Cup.

“Ben will now begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical department.”

Chilwell has made 17 England appearances and was expected to compete with Luke Shaw for the starting left-back role in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions team.

He was part of the England squad that finished as European Championship runners-up in 2021, although he did not make an appearance during the tournament.

Chilwell has returned to his best form this season after recovering from a ruptured cruciate ligament in November last year that ruled him out until May.

“Following my ACL injury I worked so hard to make sure I was ready for the World Cup. It has always been a dream of mine. Unfortunately, this won’t be possible following my scan results. I’ll do all I can to get back playing for Chelsea ASAP. Thanks for the messages of support,” Chilwell wrote on Twitter.

Southgate is due to name England’s World Cup squad on Thursday, with their first group match coming against Iran on November 21.

Chilwell’s injury is the latest blow for both Chelsea and England, with Blues right-back Reece James facing a race against time to prove his fitness after suffering a knee injury.

Southgate also has injury concerns over Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker, who has had groin surgery, while City midfielder Kalvin Phillips has hardly played this season after dislocating his shoulder.

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Man City Boss Guardiola Apologises After Offensive Hillsborough Chants

Manchester City’s Coach, Pep Guardiola

 

 

Pep Guardiola has apologised for offensive chants by Manchester City fans referring to the Hillsborough and Heysel tragedies during his side’s defeat at Liverpool.

The Anfield club expressed their disappointment over the conduct of City supporters after the fiery Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday, referring to “vile chants relating to football stadium tragedies” that took place in the 1980s.

Mohamed Salah struck in the second half as Liverpool beat Premier League champions City 1-0.

As well as the chants, similarly themed graffiti was also daubed in a number of places on the concourse of the Anfield Road end stand.

Guardiola became the first person from City to speak publicly on the matter at his regular pre-match press conference on Friday.

“I didn’t hear the chant,” he said. “If it happened I’m so sorry. It doesn’t represent what we are as a team and a club — if this happened.

“But don’t worry, we can behave perfectly (after) our mistakes, without a problem.”

The chanting and vandalism was not the only unsavoury issue to mar City’s meeting with Liverpool on Sunday.

Coins were thrown at Guardiola during the match and the City bus was struck by a missile as it left Anfield.

Asked if he felt the rivalry between the two clubs had become toxic, Guardiola said: “I don’t think so. From our side, I’m pretty sure of that.”

City, second in the Premier League table, host Brighton on Saturday.

Portugal Forward Jota Ruled Out Of World Cup With Calf Injury

Liverpool's Portuguese striker Diogo Jota (R) shoots to score his team's second goal as Arsenal's English defender Ben White (L) chases back during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, in London on January 20, 2022. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP
In this file photo, Liverpool’s Portuguese striker Diogo Jota (R) shoots to score his team’s second goal as Arsenal’s English defender Ben White (L) chases back during the English League Cup semi-final second leg football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, in London on January 20, 2022. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

 

Portugal’s Diogo Jota will miss the World Cup after suffering a serious calf injury, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Tuesday.

The winger was stretchered off in the closing stages of Liverpool’s 1-0 Premier League win over Manchester City on Sunday.

“Not good news about Diogo — yes he will miss the World Cup,” Klopp said at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s home match against West Ham.

“(It’s a) pretty serious injury in the calf muscle and now the recovery process starts. That’s it pretty much.

“That is the first diagnosis, which was pretty clear, and all the rest will now follow in the next few days. It is very sad news for the boy, and for us as well of course, and for Portugal.”

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Klopp, who said Jota would not need an operation, did not put an exact timescale on his return but is expecting the 25-year-old to be sidelined for months.

“After such a good night at Anfield mine ended in the worst way! In the last minute, one of my dreams collapsed,” Jota posted on Twitter.

“I will be one more supporting from the outside, club, and country, and fighting to be back as soon as possible.”

Jota’s absence adds to Liverpool’s injury woes, with Luis Diaz also ruled out until after the World Cup in Qatar, which starts next month.

Joel Matip will also miss the visit of West Ham, but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate could be fit to return to the starting line-up.

Klopp was sent off late on in an emotional encounter with City for taking his protests towards the referee’s assistant too far.

The German coach has so far not received a touchline ban from the Football Association and expects to take his place on the touchline on Wednesday.

“I think I will be there tomorrow because nothing happened yet,” he said. “I don’t think something will happen tomorrow a few hours before the game.

“I still think I should have dealt differently with the situation which I usually do. The whole game led to that a little bit. It was a very, very intense game with a lot of decisions we didn’t understand on both sides.

“This for me was like the one drop that made the bucket overflow. I’m not happy with my reaction but that’s the way it was and everybody saw it.”

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Moh’s Magic Moment Ends City’s Unbeaten League Run

Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 16, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

 

Mohamed Salah produced a moment of magic as Liverpool condemned Manchester City to their first Premier League defeat of the season on Sunday, with leaders Arsenal taking full advantage.

The Egyptian forward’s stunning goal in the 76th minute sealed a 1-0 win after a crackling contest at Anfield and leaves champions City four points behind the Gunners, who won by the same scoreline at Leeds.

Elsewhere, a Mason Mount double secured a 2-0 win for Chelsea at Aston Villa and Manchester United played out a 0-0 stalemate at home to Newcastle, while Southampton drew 1-1 with West Ham.

Liverpool and City could not be separated in the first half at Anfield but the game caught fire after the break.

Jurgen Klopp’s team had a glorious chance to take the lead early in the second half when Salah broke clear on goal but Ederson managed to get a faint touch to tip his shot wide.

City thought they had snatched the lead moments later through Phil Foden but VAR spotted a foul by Erling Haaland on Fabinho in the build-up and the goal was disallowed.

Instead it was Liverpool who struck, with Salah spinning past Joao Cancelo on the halfway line as the pair challenged for an Alisson clearance and racing away to fire beyond Ederson.

The game became heated in the closing stages and referee Anthony Taylor sent Klopp to the stands for the German’s angry reaction to a perceived injustice.

But Liverpool repelled City’s desperate attacks in the closing stages to secure just their third league win in nine games after poor start to the season.

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Saka Winner 

Earlier, England midfielder Bukayo Saka slammed home emphatically 10 minutes before the interval at Elland Road as Mike Arteta’s Arsenal won for the ninth time in 10 league games this season.

Leeds substitute Patrick Bamford missed a penalty and his side had another spot-kick decision in stoppage time, initially awarded by referee Chris Kavanagh, overturned after a VAR intervention.

Earlier, play was suspended seconds after kick-off when the match officials lost contact with the video assistant referee and goal-line technology due to a power cut.

Kavanagh led the players off the pitch to a chorus of boos and play did not resume for about 40 minutes.

Chelsea’s fourth consecutive league win came courtesy of Mount’s two goals plus an inspired performance from goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Mount’s first came after Villa defender Tyrone Mings — in the sixth minute — miscued a simple header straight to the England midfielder, who finished coolly past Emiliano Martinez.

Despite their early gift, Chelsea struggled to find attacking fluency and were indebted to Arrizabalaga, whose best save came from a point-blank header from Danny Ings.

Mount doubled the visitors’ lead in the 65th minute, curling home a free-kick from 25 yards after he was brought down by Mings.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter heaped praise on Mount and said Arrizabalaga, who is keeping Edouard Mendy out of the starting line-up, had produced a “world-class performance”.

Cristiano Ronaldo was handed just his second start of the Premier League season against Newcastle but could not add to his tally of 700 club goals — a milestone he reached last week against Everton.

Eddie Howe’s visitors could have been ahead at the break after an impressive first half in which Joelinton hit the crossbar before turning the rebound onto the post.

But United rued two squandered late chances to win the game, with Fred and substitute Marcus Rashford both guilty.

United manager Erik ten Hag bemoaned the late misses.

“In the end we could — we should — have score the winning goal,” he told the BBC. “One from Fred, and then (Marcus) Rashford had to score.

“In the end we could have got the win, we deserved the win.”

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Haaland Strikes Again As Man City Go Top, Chelsea Tame Wolves

Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (C) celebrates scoring the team’s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on October 8, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) 

 

 

Manchester City swept to the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 rout of Southampton as Erling Haaland extended his incredible scoring run to 10 successive games, while resurgent Chelsea eased to a 3-0 victory against Wolves on Saturday.

Joao Cancelo, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez all netted for Pep Guardiola’s side before Haaland added his customary goal to seal yet another one-sided success at the Etihad Stadium.

Haaland has scored an astonishing 20 goals in his first 12 competitive games since his £51 million ($56 million) move from Borussia Dortmund.

Fuelled by the Norway striker, City are the first club to score at least three goals in nine consecutive top-flight home matches since Wolves in 1959.

The champions are now two points clear of second placed Arsenal ahead of the north London club’s clash with Liverpool on Sunday.

Guardiola’s remarkable team have only lost one of their last 37 league games as they chase a fifth English title in the last six seasons.

City have scored 24 goals in their last six games, winning eight of their last nine games across all competitions.

In stark contrast to City’s blistering form, Southampton’s fifth successive defeat added to the mounting pressure on boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

City opened the scoring in the 20th minute as Joao Cancelo weaved through the Southampton defence, evaded James Ward-Prowse’s challenge and fired through the legs of keeper Gavin Bazunu.

Phil Foden doubled City’s lead as he ran onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass and clipped a deft lob over Bazunu into the far corner after 32 minutes.

Riyad Mahrez put the result beyond doubt in the 49th minute, the Algeria winger meeting Rodri’s cross with a clinical volley from a tight angle.

Inevitably, Haaland wasn’t to be denied and he finished off Cancelo’s pass with a typically ruthless close-range effort in the 65th minute.

At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea racked up a third win in new boss Graham Potter’s four games since replacing the sacked Thomas Tuchel.

Potter made seven changes after the midweek Champions League victory over AC Milan, with Reece James, Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang among those rested.

 

Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland jumps Southampton’s Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on October 8, 2022. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

 

– Slick Chelsea –
Showing the depth of their squad, Chelsea took the lead when Kai Havertz netted three minutes into first half stoppage-time with a looping header from Mason Mount’s pin-point cross.

Christian Pulisic put Chelsea in complete control with a cute finish after exchanging passes with Mount in the 54th minute.

Armando Broja grabbed his first goal for Chelsea with a 20-yard drive in the 90th minute.

After their spluttering form at the end of Tuchel’s reign, Chelsea are up to fourth place, although Brighton would go back above them with a win against Tottenham in Saturday’s late game.

Managerless Wolves, who sacked Bruno Lage earlier in the week, remain in the relegation zone after a third successive defeat.

Bournemouth put under-fire Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers back on the hot seat with a 2-1 win at Dean Court.

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Brazilian midfielder Matheus Nunes (down) fouls Chelsea’s English defender Reece James during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge in London on October 8, 2022. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP) 

 

Second bottom Leicester took the lead in the 10th minute when Patson Daka slotted hom.

But Bournemouth equalised in the 67th minute through Philip Billing, who volleyed into the roof of the net following a mistake from Wout Faes.

And Ryan Christie completed Bournemouth’s comeback in the 71st minute with a close-range finish after Dominic Solanke flicked on Billing’s cross.

Having won for the first time this season on Monday, Leicester have lost seven of their last eight games.

Fifth placed Newcastle thrashed Brentford 5-1 at St James’ Park.

Eddie Howe’s men went ahead after 22 minutes when Bruno Guimaraes headed in from Kieran Trippier’s cross.

Six minutes later, Callum Wilson crossed for Jacob Murphy to tap into the empty net.

Ivan Toney reduced the deficit with a 54th minute penalty awarded for a handball by Dan Burn, but Guimaraes’ long-range blast restored Newcastle’s two-goal advantage two minutes later.

Miguel Almiron struck in the 81st minute and Ethan Pinnock’s 90th minute own goal completed Brentford’s dismal day.

Guardiola Hails Humility Of Man City Stars To Welcome Haaland

Haaland is one of the new signings expected to bring fireworks to the EPL. [email protected]

 

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised the manner in which his star-studded squad have embraced the arrival of Erling Haaland without getting jealous over the Norwegian’s media attention.

Haaland has scored 19 times in 11 competitive games for the English champions in a stunning start to his career at City.

Under Guardiola, City have won the Premier League four times in the last five years among nine major trophies.

“Every press conference – 50 questions, 45 on Erling. For me it is ok and the guys here accept it perfectly,” said Guardiola on Friday.

“I’ve had the type of guys who wouldn’t like it. Four Premier League, fighting for everything, just talking about Erling? In other clubs, other people wouldn’t like it.

“Here, they are delighted. We don’t have incredible players who’d say: ‘All the time they just talk about him’. This is why it is a joy to train these type of players.”

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Haaland has scored in nine consecutive City games and was robbed of the chance to score a fourth hat-trick in five home matches when Guardiola withdrew him at half-time of Wednesday’s 5-0 win over FC Copenhagen after he struck twice in the first half.

And Guardiola hailed Haaland’s poacher’s instinct to seemingly always be in the right place when the ball breaks his way inside the box.

“He has an incredible instinct. What can I teach him? He has an incredible sense as a striker of where the ball is going to finish and he goes one second before the ball arrives,” added Guardiola.

“He has this talent, this quality. All the time – a cross, a deflection – he is there. This type of player – how can a manager teach him? It is impossible. It is instinct, completely natural.

“He did it in Norway, in Austria, in Germany and he does it here. He smells it.

“Thank you so much to him for choosing us, and to all the people involved bringing him here. We are fortunate to have this talent with us.”

Haaland’s second half rest in midweek means he is set to start as he aims to continue his scoring streak against Southampton on Saturday.

Kyle Walker will not be involved after undergoing groin surgery, but Guardiola could provide no further information on whether the defender will be back in time to feature for England at the World Cup next month.

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Haaland Hails ‘Amazing’ City After United Rout

Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on October 2, 2022. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) 

 

Erling Haaland saluted Manchester City’s “amazing” performance as the Norway striker made history with yet another hat-trick in a 6-3 rout of Manchester United on Sunday.

Haaland destroyed United with the latest display of his predatory finishing, in the process becoming the first Premier League player to score a hat-trick in three consecutive home games in the competition.

After 52 years without a hat-trick scorer in the Manchester derby, City were able to celebrate two trebles in the same game against their arch-rivals as Phil Foden also bagged a treble at the Etihad Stadium.

Haaland has made an incredible start to life with the Premier League champions since signing from Borussia Dortmund in a £51 million ($56 million) deal that already looks a bargain.

He has 17 goals in 10 games in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side, including trebles against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest, and has now netted in eight successive City appearances.

“Not bad. We score six goals, it’s amazing, to win at home and score six goals is nice,” Haaland said.

“You see the passes we give each other. We always want to go forward and attack. It’s what I love about the team.

“In the end, it’s amazing. There is nothing more to say.”

Making City’s demolition derby even sweeter, both Foden and Haaland were City fans while growing up.

“It’s a dream come true playing in a derby being a City fan as well. It’s been a pleasure to be a part of this team,” Foden said.

Thanks in large part to Haaland’s blistering form, City sit just one point behind leaders Arsenal as they chase a fifth Premier League title in six seasons.

It was the first time United had conceded two hat-tricks in a top-flight match since a 6-0 defeat against Huddersfield in 1930.

Haaland and Foden were left to fight over the match ball — traditionally awarded to a hat-trick scorer in English football — as well as the man of the match award, which was given to both players.

“We can do one ball for the first half and one ball for the second half!” Foden said.

It was a chastening first experience of the Manchester derby for United midfielder Christian Eriksen and boss Erik ten Hag.

Eriksen made no excuses after United’s four-game winning run in the league came to a painful end.

“Everyone feels it was a very bad day at the office. We started on the wrong foot. They had chances straight from kick-off. We can only blame ourselves,” Eriksen said.

“We let them be at their strength. The main focus from this game will be on ourselves. There are a lot of things we need to change and a lot of things we need to do better.”

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Haaland, Foden’s Hat-Tricks Sink United In Manchester Derby

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Erling Haaland and Phil Foden scored hat-tricks as Manchester City thrashed Manchester United 6-3 to move to within a point of Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday.

Haaland has scored hat-tricks in each of his last three Premier League home games to take his tally as a City player to 17 in 10 competitive games for the English champions.

“You can see the passes we give each other. We always want to go forward and to attack,” Haaland told Sky Sports.

“It’s what I love about the team. In the end, it’s amazing. There is nothing more to say.”

Antony’s strike and Anthony Martial’s late double ensured United avoided a record defeat in the Manchester derby as they remain in sixth, nine points off the top.

Since also conceding four times inside the first 45 minutes at Brentford in August, United had bounced back with four consecutive Premier League wins to offer hope they are heading in the right direction under Erik ten Hag.

But the Red Devils were given a rude awakening of the gulf that still exists between the Manchester giants.

City could have scored many more than the four they managed in a blistering first half performance that swept away any doubts caused by an inconsistent start to the season from Pep Guardiola’s men.

Within four minutes it took two goal-line clearances and a fine save from David de Gea to deny Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva the opening goal.

Four minutes later, City did open the floodgates when Foden swept home Silva’s cross for the Manchester native’s first derby goal.

Ilkay Gundogan’s free-kick hit the post and Foden blasted another big chance wide before Haaland inevitably made his mark on 34 minutes.

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 Haaland’s Hat-trick Haul

Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on October 2, 2022. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) 

 

United were left to bemoan the absence of Raphael Varane to defend a De Bruyne corner as he received treatment on an ankle injury that forced him off at half-time.

Without the Frenchman, there was no match for Haaland’s presence in the penalty box as his header crossed the line before Tyrell Malacia’s attempted clearance.

Moments later, City showcased their ability to counter-attack as Jack Grealish fed De Bruyne, who perfectly picked out Haaland to convert on the stretch at the back post.

Haaland then turned provider with a low cross that Foden converted to leave United trailing 4-0 at half-time for the third time in a year.

Unlike, in a 5-0 defeat at Old Trafford to Liverpool last season and at Brentford last month, there was some semblance of a United response after the break.

Antony smashed home his second goal in as many Premier League appearances since a £82 million ($92 million) move from Ajax.

But Haaland quickly reclaimed centre stage with a thumping finish to meet Sergio Gomez’s cross.

Michael Owen’s record of three hat-tricks in his first 48 appearances had stood as a Premier League record for over two decades, but Haaland has needed just eight.

City were on course to match the record margin of victory in a Manchester derby when Haaland set up Foden to smash home and complete his hat-trick.

That was Foden’s final involvement as he was withdrawn in a quadruple change as Guardiola could afford to also hand a rest to De Bruyne, Gundogan and Grealish.

United took advantage of City taking their foot off the accelerator in the final 10 minutes as substitute Martial scored twice to cut the arrears.

Ten Hag left Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for the full match and his decision to instead give Martial a chance to impress on his return from injury proved correct.

The Frenchman headed in the rebound after Ederson parried Fred’s shot and then emphatically fired home from the penalty spot.

Grealish And Haaland Destroy Wolves As Man City Go Top

Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on September 17, 2022. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP)

 

Jack Grealish scored his first goal this season and Erling Haaland extended his record-breaking hot-streak as Manchester City powered to a 3-0 win over 10-man Wolves on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s side needed just 56 seconds to take the lead at Molineux as Grealish finally enjoyed a day to remember after a difficult time since joining City from Aston Villa last year.

Haaland doubled City’s advantage with his 14th goal in 10 games in all competitions following a £51 million ($58 million) move from Borussia Dortmund that already appears a bargain.

Wolves lost any chance of a fightback when Nathan Collins was sent off for an ugly stomach-high foul on Grealish in the first half.

Phil Foden capped City’s stroll in the midlands sunshine as the Premier League champions moved to the top of the table.

Unbeaten City are two points clear of second-placed Arsenal, who would regain pole position if they win at Brentford on Sunday.

“The game started really well for us with the two goals and the red card. After the Champions League to come here at 12:30 with the quality they have, it was an incredible victory,” Guardiola said.

Guardiola said this week that the “exceptional” Haaland was the “perfect” person to manage because his personality ensured he always remains hungry to improve.

Even Guardiola may run out of superlatives to describe the 22-year-old Norwegian if he continues this astonishing run.

Haaland was named Premier League Player of the Month for August after his blistering start to the season and he is already making his case for the September award.

He has netted in seven successive games for City and is the first player to score in their first four Premier League away appearances.

Showing their hunger to win the title for a fifth time in six seasons, City are unbeaten in a club record 22 away league matches since losing at Tottenham in their opening game last season.

Lethal Haaland

Goalscorers Manchester City’s English midfielder Jack Grealish (L), Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland (C) and Manchester City’s English midfielder Phil Foden celebrate after the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on September 17, 2022. (Photo by Geoff Caddick / AFP)

 

After a poignant tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II, City reduced Molineux to silence with a beautifully crafted opener in the first minute.

Foden’s audacious backheel sent Kevin De Bruyne away down the right flank and the Belgian’s low cross was perfectly placed for Grealish, who timed his run to poke home from close-range.

It was a much-needed contribution from Grealish, who was making just his second league start this term after struggling to reach peak form since his British record £100 million transfer.

Guardiola might feel vindicated as well after defending the England forward following his anonymous display against Dortmund on Wednesday, blaming an ankle injury for his woes and telling him to ignore the doubters.

“Jack played really good. He was strong and he made a good goal,” Guardiola said.

Grealish added: “I’m always going to have people talking about me with the amount I got bought for.

“I owe the manager thanks for sticking with me after I didn’t play well in midweek.”

Haaland doubled City’s lead in the 16th minute with his first goal from outside the area for his new club.

His spectacular late winner against Dortmund led Guardiola to compare Haaland’s improvisation to Dutch legend Johan Cruyff.

This was a more prosaic strike, but it was no less effective.

With Wolves defender Max Kilman fatally backing off outside his own penalty area, Haaland was allowed to advance unchecked before drilling an unerring finish into the bottom corner.

It was Haaland’s 100th goal in his last 99 games in all competitions since leaving RB Salzburg for Dortmund in 2020.

Collins’ reckless foul on Grealish, the Wolves defender leaping into the air to kick him in the midriff, drew an inevitable red card that effectively ended the contest in the 33rd minute.

Foden added City’s third goal in the 69th minute, arriving in the six-yard box to flick in De Bruyne’s cross after Haaland’s flick teed up the Belgian.

AFP