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.

Giroud, Ramsey Return For Arsenal’s Trip To Sunderland

Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, ArsenalOlivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey will be available for Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

Giroud has finally overcome a long-term toe problem, while midfielder Ramsey will feature for the first time since the opening day of the season after hamstring trouble.

Manager, Arsene Wenger, however, prefers to be cautious.

“They are available for selection. I have to be a bit cautious, especially with Aaron Ramsey, because he has not played at all yet. He has only had one week with the team so I will be a bit cautious with him.”

Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott are all in a race to be fit while Lucas Perez is out for eight weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in the win over Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

The manager described the Perez injury as very frustrating, especially because it came just after the player had worked very hard to start getting games.

“Of course he is absolutely gutted, because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick. It’s a similar tackle to (the one from) Xhaka (against Swansea), but there was no red card.

“But the red card would not have helped Lucas. What is most important is that he’s out for six to eight weeks,” Wenger said.

David Moyes Charged With Misconduct In Southampton Clash

David Moyes, Southampton Sunderland manager, David Moyes, has been charged with misconduct after being sent off at Southampton on Wednesday.

The Football Association said it is alleged “Moyes used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official”.

He has been given until 18:00 BST on Tuesday to respond to the allegation.

The incident took place when Referee Chris Kavanagh waved away appeals for a foul on Sunderland striker Victor Anichebe in the penalty area.

Sunderland lost 1-0 to their hosts as they crashed out of the EFL Cup.

Manchester United also edged past Manchester City with a 1-0 victory while West Ham United beat Chelsea 2 – 1 on Wednesday night.

Arsenal and Liverpool had earlier through to the fifth round as they defeated Reading and Tottenham respectively on Tuesday night.

Ferguson Says Liverpool Are Strong League Title Contenders

Liverpool, Alex FergusonFormer Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, says Liverpool are serious Premier League title contenders this season.

Ferguson said Jurgen Klopp had “revived Liverpool’s enthusiasm” since taking over as manager in October 2015.

“For two decades, Liverpool changed managers without building their own identity.

“You can now sense you truly have to count them in this year,” he told German magazine Kicker.

Liverpool are third in on the league table, sharing points with leaders Manchester City.

In their nine league matches in the present season, they have played four of the current top seven – Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United and defending champions, Leicester City.

The Reds have also made it through to the fifth round of the EFL and will face Leeds United in the quarterfinal.

Arsenal, Liverpool Through To Last Eight Of EFL Cup

EFL cup, Arsenal, LiverpoolAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored two goals as Arsenal booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 win over Reading.

The Championship side went into the match looking for their first ever win over the Gunners, but it was an easy win for Arsenal in the end, thanks to a double by the Ox, who seemed to be overcoming his difficult start to the season.

The brace takes his tally to five for the season – which is his best return in a season for the Gunners.

Except for Elneny and Iwobi who kept their places, Arsenal fielded a new team, including Lucas Perez, who came off the bench against Boro at the weekend.

Olivier Giroud made his return to the first-team fold as a second half substitute.

Arsenal have not won the League Cup since 1993.

Liverpool are also through to the fifth round courtesy of a brace from another England striker, Daniel Sturridge as they defeated Tottenham 2-1.

The striker opened the scoring early at Anfield after exploiting a Spurs mistake. He doubled the lead in the 60th minute

Liverpool were forced to endure a nervy end to the evening, however, as Vincent Janssen pulled one back for Tottenham with his penalty after Lucas Leiva fouled Erik Lamela in the area.

France Humble Iceland 5 – 2 In Euro 2016 Quarter Final

Euro-2016-FranceThe host nation of the on-going Euro 2016, France, have humiliated Iceland 5 – 2 to qualify for the semis.

The French demonstrated their superiority, as they shocked the Irish on Sunday night.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann set France ahead of Iceland, as they dominated the first half.

Arsenal striker, Giroud netted another fantastic goal in between Iceland’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason goals.

France would contest for the final match’s ticket with Germany who earlier beat Italy 6 – 5 on penalties.

Euro 2016: Giroud Hopes To Emulate 1998, 2000 Heroes

Giroud, Euro 2016Arsenal striker, Olivier Giroud, hopes to become the latest in a long line of great French strikers to fire his country to glory at this summer’s European Championship.

The 29-year-old enters the tournament as Les Bleus’ leading scorer with 17 goals, including three in their warm-up games against Cameroon and Scotland.

Giroud grew up watching Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and would love to emulate their success on home soil.

“I was only 11 [in 1998] and it was one of my best memories as a fan of the French national team,” he told Arsenal Player.

“It was fantastic for all the French people to win the World Cup, especially at home. That’s why we want to make our French fans proud this summer.

“It was the continuity of the World Cup (when they went to Euro 2000). They confirmed their great form and almost kept the exact same squad. It is always difficult to win again two years afterwards, but they did very well with a fantastic scenario against Italy at the end of the final.

“I remember the pass from Robert Pires to Sylvain Wiltord, and then the pass to David Trezeguet who found the top-left corner. I couldn’t forget this goal.

“I also remember watching David Ginola, Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin and strikers like that. I was looking to become a striker. I remember very good players like them, and also Thierry Henry, Trezeguet and Anelka too. We’ve always had very good strikers.

“It’s a great feeling (to be representing France in front of our home fans) and we’re all looking forward to that.

“We want to do well in front of our own fans so we’re going to do everything we can to bring the trophy back home.”

Premier League: Arsenal, Tottenham Triumph In Top Four Clashes

Premier LeagueIt was a dramatic win for Tottenham and Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday with both sides waiting till the last minute to secure victories.

Christian Eriksen struck in the 83rd minute to give Spurs a 2-1 win over Manchester City.

Harry Kane had fired home from the spot while Kelechi Iheanacho levelled the score line at 1-1

For Arsenal, Danny Welbeck scored the winner four minutes into injury time to beat Leicester City 2-1.

Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot before substitute Theo Walcott put the Gunners back in contention.

The win leaves Arsenal on 51 points levelled with Spurs who are second based on goal difference. Leicester City still lead with 53 points while Manchester City remain fourth with 47 points.

Also on Sunday, Liverpool trashed bottom club Aston Villa 6-0 at Villa Park with Daniel Sturridge marking his return to the Liverpool starting line-up with the opening goal.

Other Results

Other Matchday 26 pairings had been decided on Saturday.

AFC Bournemouth 1 – 3 Stoke City FCStoke City
Chelsea FC 5 – 1 Newcastle United
Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Watford
Everton 0 – 1 West Bromwich Albion
Norwich City 2 – 2 West Ham United
Sunderland 2 – 1 Manchester United
Swansea City 0 – 1 Southampton

 

EPL: Arsenal Beat Leicester City 2-1 At Emirates

ArsenalArsenal have defeated current leader of the English Premier League table, Leicester City 2-1 on a dramatic afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.

The atmosphere on Valentines Day was electrifying from the kick-off as the Gunners had a fast start, creating two good opportunities in the opening two minutes.

Referee Martin Atkinson had overlooked a foul by Mesut Ozil but did not hesitate to award a penalty to City as Jarmie Vardy was tripped by Nacho Monreal in the box.

Vardy himself stepped up and slammed his spot kick past Petr Cech to open the scoring which lasted till the end of the first half.

Arsenal were forced into a change at half time as Calum Chambers came on to replace Laurent Koscielny, who had suffered a dead leg.

From the 53rd minute, however, Arsene Wenger’s boys played with an extra man after Danny Simpson was dismissed for two bookable offences.

Substitute Theo Walcott scored the equaliser with 20 minutes remaining, latching onto Olivier Giroud’s knockdown.

Danny Welbeck subsequently scored a last-minute winner to set Arsenal two points off the pace with 12 games remaining.

Mertesacker Sees Red As Arsenal Lose To Chelsea

ArsenalArsenal lost a chance to return to the top of the English Premier League with an home loss to London rivals, Chelsea on Sunday evening.

The Gunners started the match as the brighter side to the delight of their fans but defender, Per Mertesacker, obstructed a goal chance in the 18th minute, leaving referee Mark Clattenburg with no option other than sending him off.

In quick reaction to the red card, the Gunners sacrificed striker, Olivier Giroud for defender, Gabriel Paulista but before the Brazilian could settle, the Blues took advantage of Arsenal’s nervous defending in the 23rd minute.

Diego Costa scored with an assist from Branislav Ivanovic and the first half ended 1-0.

Arsenal started the second half with more belief and Arsene Wenger’s introduction of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 77th and 75th minutes further ensured that they remained likely to get an equalizer.

Chelsea, however, thwarted all possible chances made by the Gunners in securing a draw.

The match ended 0-1 and the victory means Chelsea remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho and they have also not lost in their last nine league meetings with Arsenal.

This is Arsenal’s first home defeat since West Ham on the opening day of the season.

Arsenal have moved to the third position on the English Premier League table while Chelsea progressed to the 13th position, their highest position since October 2015.

Leicester City sit top of the league going into February, with Manchester City second.

Beating Chelsea Is Important For Arsenal – Wenger

ArsenalArsène Wenger says Arsenal have the chance to show they have made progress by beating Chelsea on Sunday.

The Gunners have not claimed a victory against their London rivals in the Premier League since their 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge in October 2011.

However, they beat the Blues in the Community Shield last August and Wenger says they further demonstrate their progress this weekend.

“It is another one where we can show we have moved forward,” he said.

“It is another game where people look at us and see how we behave because, even if Chelsea are not in the best position, you look at their squad.

“It is a big game because of the quality of players on the pitch and it has a big importance to us because we play at Emirates Stadium and we know it will be important to win these types of games.

“We have certainly proved our battling potential [this season] through big solidarity, through great togetherness and as well because we are ambitious and we have more experience than in the past,” he continued.

“One of the advantages of having experienced players is that they know that sometimes it’s just about battling and not always only about playing well.”

Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were both sent off at Chelsea in September, and Wenger says keeping cool will be key in this weekend’s game.

“We are convinced that our records against big opponents is linked with discipline,” he said, adding that the team “were a bit unlucky due to the decisions of the referee”.

“Overall, over the longer distance, I believe that we have a very strong record on the discipline front in the Premier League. We want to maintain it.”