UCL: Real Madrid, Manchester City Bosses Laud Players

Real MadridReal Madrid Coach, Zinedine Zidane, is pleased with his side’s 3-0 win against Wolfsburg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Spain.

Zidane said that although it was a challenging match, he could not deny the fact that they did a good job.

“It is not easy to start how we did, scoring two goals in 15 minutes. We went in with a really high intensity (and) we showed the opposition that it was important for us to win and go through,” the French said on the club’s website.

He also commended the Whites’ messiah, Cristiano Ronaldo whom he described as the world’s best player, saying he was demonstrating what he is.

“What can I say about Cristiano Ronaldo? He is demonstrating what he is, the best player in the world. That’s what makes him a special player,” he said.

Manchester City Manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has also asked his side to go all the way in the Champions League after their historic 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).Manuel Pellegrini

Kevin De Bruyne fired city through to the last four of the league for the first time with his 76th-minute winner at the Etihad stadium.

As Madrid and City progress to the semi-final in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), Manuel Pellegrini could meet his city successor, Pep Guardiola should Bayern Munich beat Benfica on Wednesday.

Toure Set To Leave Man City In June

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Yaya Toure (r) with Sergio Aguero

Manchester City’s midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure will leave the club at the end of the season having not been offered a new contract, his agent said on Monday.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international, who was the African Footballer of the Year four times in a row from 2011, joined Premier League City from Barcelona for 24 million pounds ($34.23 million) in July 2010.

Six years ago Toure was sold by Barca boss Pep Guardiola, who will replace Manuel Pellegrini as City’s coach when the Spaniard leaves Bayern Munich at the end of this season.

“We have waited too long. Manchester City promised a deal but nothing has materialised so Yaya will leave in June,” his agent Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports television.

“Yaya is disappointed, of course, but he is a professional and he remains under contract so he will continue to do his best for City.”

Toure has been linked by the media with a move to Inter Milan who are coached by former City boss Roberto Mancini.

“Various offers have arrived for Yaya and we’re evaluating them,” Seluk said. “Inter? We’re definitely talking about a great club.

“Everyone knows about the relationship between Yaya and Mancini but… we haven’t made any decision yet. The Nerazzurri’s project is great and Inter is a fantastic club so it’s normal that they want a player of this level.”

Toure won the Premier League with City in 2012 and 2014, the FA Cup in 2011 and the League Cup in 2014 and 2016.

City visit Paris St Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.

Manchester City Coach Warns Players Ahead Kiev Clash

Manchester CityManchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has tasked his team to put in their best in Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League match against Dynamo Kiev.

City are in prime position to reach the quarter-finals for the first time after a 3-1 advantage from the first leg.

Pellegrini, however, warned his side not to falter against opponents who have never won a game on English soil.

Manchester City goalkeeper, Joe Hart, has also warned that Kiev would be a different proposition compared to the team they met in Ukraine, who had just returned from a mid-winter break.

He expressed hope that his team can still win this season’s Champions League, despite their failure to live with the pace in the English Premier League.

Midfielder Yaya Toure has been decalred fit to face Dynamo Kiev at the Etihad Stadium after missing Saturday’s Premier League draw with Norwich City.

Pellegrini Says Manchester City Not Through Yet

CityManager Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City still has work to do after the UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Dynamo Kiev.

City produced one of their best performances of the season to put one foot in the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory in Ukraine on Wednesday night.

First-half goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva put city in control before Yaya Toure made the result safe late on.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot during a Dynamo fightback.

City will feel the result justified, boss Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that Manchester City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.

 

UCL: Manchester City Thrash Dynamo Kiev 3-1

CityEnglish giant, Manchester City, have secured an impressive first-leg win on Wednesday against Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine.

City will feel the boss, Manuel Pellegrini’s decision to field a weakened side in the FA Cup, with Sergio Aguero scoring the opener.

A slick move allowed David Silva to side-foot in a second as City dominated.

Vitaliy Buyalskiy pulled one back with a deflected shot but Yaya Toure curled in an effort to complete City’s win.

Having taken dominion of their Champions League last-16, it is hoped that City would give their best in England to proceed to the quarter-final of the competition.

On the other side, Atletico Madrid held PSV Eindhoven to a goaless draw in Netherlands.

The Dutch side will be travelling to Spain to battle Atletico Madrid for a place at the quarter-final.

Hiddink Stresses Joy As Element Of Success

HiddinkChelsea manager, Guus Hiddink, has highlighted ‘joy’ as the important element of success required to get his players performing at their best.

Speaking during an interview ahead of Sunday’s Manchester City clash, the Dutchman said that ‘the best comes out of a player when he plays with joy’.

“Players, even if they are high-profile, well-paid professionals as they are at this club, deep down they must play with joy,” the manager said on Chelsea’s website.

Hiddink pointed out that Joy is not always laughing but “enjoying being a professional, enjoying training and enjoying doing your job”.

“When you feel that naturally, the performance is unconditional,” he said while he described the blues” FA Cup tie with City as an ‘early final’.

Meanwhile, Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, had resolved to rest several senior players in the team, so that youngsters such as Bersant Celina and Manu Garcia could feature.

He hinted that Bacary Sagna was back in training and might return from a knee problem.

Aguero and Koeman Named EPL’s Best For January

agueroManchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, and Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman, have been named the Premier League’s Player and Manager of the Month.

Both completed individual hat-tricks after winning the Barclays awards for the third time.

Five goals and one assist in January helped Aguero to claim the Barclays Player of the Month award for a third time. The previous occasions were in October 2013 and November 2014.

Aguero, who won the Barclays Golden Boot last season, scored once against Watford and twice each against Crystal Palace and West Ham United in January.

He completed 70 successful passes and had a shooting accuracy of 57% in his 349 minutes played in the month.

The 27-year-old Argentinian beat Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe, Liverpool forward, Roberto Firmino, Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli, the Leicester City goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel, and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk to the award.

Koeman is the only Dutchman to have won the award and scooped his third Barclays Manager of the Month trophy thanks to victories by Southampton over Watford, West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United in January.

He piped Man City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham’s Slaven Bilic and Spurs head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, to the accolade, which he previously won in September 2014 and January 2015.

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.

Iheanacho Delighted After Scoring Hat-Trick

iheanachoSuper Eagles player, Kelechi Iheanacho, has expressed the hope of sustaining his FA Cup momentum after scoring a hat-trick for Manchester City in their 4-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

It is Iheanacho’s first hat-trick at City and he said he was hopeful of more to come.

At the post match conference, the Nigerian confirmed that it was a great feeling when the fans chant his name and believed that it would motivate him to improve.

Manchester City Manager, Manuel Pellegrini, was full of praise for the young player, saying the club allowed Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko to leave because they knew Iheanacho had quality.

City will play against Sunderland in their next match on Tuesday.

Pellegrini, Ranieri Comment On Teams’ Performance On Tuesday

RanieriLeicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, is delighted with his team’s effort, saying a point apiece was a fair result.

This follows his side’s goalless draw against Manchester City on Tuesday.

With the draw Leicester, have 39 points from 19 games and trail Arsenal on goal difference.

Leicester City will host Bournemouth in their next EPL clash on Saturday, January 2.

Also, Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, feels his side were “solid and consistent” as they were held to a goalless draw by Leicester in the top of the table clash at the King Power Stadium.

The citizens climbed above Tottenham into third, but are without an away win in the league in six outings since a 1-nil victory at Crystal Palace on September 12.

80 Points Could Win Premier League – Wenger

WengerArsène Wenger believes that 80 points could be enough to win the Premier League title this season.

Manchester United were the last team to win the league with just 80 points back in 2011, with Chelsea amassing 87 last season, but the Arsenal manager believes the race will be a lot closer this time around.

Only three points separate Leicester, Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the table and Wenger stressed how important it is for the Gunners to take points off their main rivals this season, starting with Manchester City on Monday night.

“It looks to be very tight,” he said. “We have played 16 games and the top team is on 35 points, so it means that the Premier League could be decided at around 80 points.

“If you look at the results it looks as though the consistency will be the main priority in this league because every week you are surprised by the results. We have really established a good run so for us it’s important to continue that.

“It is a massive game (on Monday). When we play at home you want to win because we are ambitious and we feel we have the chance to come out in a strong position after Christmas.

“It will be a very tight game because if you look at the numbers since the start of the season, offensively and defensively the numbers are very close. Manchester City has huge individual potential with David Silva and Sergio Aguero coming back and so we will need a top, top-level team performance.”

Arsenal’s last meeting with Manuel Pellegrini’s side saw them record an impressive 2-0 win at Etihad Stadium in January, and Wenger believes that victory will give his side confidence going into Monday’s game.

“It was a needed step for our team,” he said. “It was not enough, but it was the first step which was certainly vital to strengthen the belief of our team.

“When you have never done it, people can tell you ‘you aren’t good enough, you aren’t good enough’ but when you have done it, you know you can do it and that strengthens you. Of course it is important.”