Manchester City

  • Guardiola hopes for even more to come fr...

    Sergio Aguero marked his 300th game for Manchester City with the opening goal in a 5-0 win over Cardiff City, and Pep Guardiola hopes the striker's career does not end anytime soon. The club's all-time leading scorer returned to City's starting line-up for the trip to South Wale...

    Guardiola hopes for even more to come from Aguero

    Sergio Aguero marked his 300th game for Manchester City with the opening goal in a 5-0 win over Cardiff City, and Pep Guardiola hopes the striker's career does not end anytime soon. The club's all-time leading scorer returned to City's starting line-up for the trip to South Wales after being benched for the Champions League clash with Lyon, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for Guardiola's side. Aguero opened the scoring at Cardiff City Stadium after 32 minutes, connecting with Bernardo Silva's cross and sending a first-time shot into the net, and Guardiola was pleased with his performance. "Hopefully he doesn't finish, decide to retire or go to another place," City boss Guardiola said of Aguero, who extended his contract until 2021 on Friday. "He played good, he created chances and, yeah, it was a good performance. "He had a little injury, he came back quite good." Aguero's opener was quickly followed by goals from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, who both caused havoc in the Cardiff defence with their incisive runs and constant endeavour. Guardiola, who saw Riyad Mahrez score his first two goals for the club to wrap up an emphatic win in the second half, described his side's performance as better than the one that earned them a 3-0 win over Fulham in their previous league outing. "I think we played better than the Fulham game," said Guardiola. "We were more dynamic after a bad result in midweek. "It is not easy, but after one or two goals, it was immediately easy. We created a good game and good chances. "Today was excellent." The Spaniard gave his players a message of support after they bounced back from defeat against Lyon to win in such style, saying poor results would not change his opinion of his title-winning team. "It's the same players," he said. "Nothing is going to change my opinion of them. "They know the worse the result, the closer I am to them. "They deserve all my respect. They made me happy for two seasons, and that's why I will always be there with them."

  • Cardiff City 0 Manchester City 5: Aguero...

    Sergio Aguero scored on his 300th appearance for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side bounced back from their midweek Champions League disappointment with a resounding 5-0 win at Cardiff City. The club's all-time leading goalscorer, who signed a contract extension this week t...

    Cardiff City 0 Manchester City 5: Aguero celebrates new deal with goal in 300th game

    Sergio Aguero scored on his 300th appearance for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side bounced back from their midweek Champions League disappointment with a resounding 5-0 win at Cardiff City. The club's all-time leading goalscorer, who signed a contract extension this week that will keep him at the club until 2021, opened the scoring after 32 minutes. So often the star of the show, Aguero shared the spotlight on a rainy afternoon in South Wales with Bernardo Silva, who doubled City's lead three minutes later, and Ilkay Gundogan, who capped a fine performance with a brilliant solo effort. Substitute Riyad Mahrez scored his first goals for the club with a brace to put the result beyond doubt, and the manner of the victory will have delighted Guardiola after a below-par showing in a 2-1 defeat to Lyon in midweek. Cool and composed during a scrappy opening half an hour, Gundogan started the move that led to the opener, feeding Silva who squared to Aguero and the striker beat his marker to apply a first-time finish. Silva got his head underneath Leroy Sane's cross from the right two minutes later and looped the ball up and over Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and in at the far post. Gundogan was the stand-out player in the first half and he was rewarded with the pick of the goals, playing a one-two with Raheem Sterling before confidently side-footing into the top corner. City controlled the second half from start to finish and when Sterling set Gundogan free down the left, he sent a low cross to the feet of Mahrez to open his account for the club. With one minute left to play, Bruno Ecuele Manga needed to make a simple clearance, but instead played the ball straight to Mahrez, who drove it low and hard into the bottom-left corner of the net to wrap up a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for Guardiola.   What it means: Unbeaten champions keep the pressure on City's dropped points against Wolves last month is what separates them from leaders Liverpool, who have a 100 per cent record, but being in the chasing pack can offer a psychological advantage – especially if your team is playing the way the champions did against Cardiff. Gundogan burying the memory of World Cup nightmare After being caught up Germany's torrid World Cup campaign, Gundogan has played himself back into form and his intelligent movement and exquisite touch were too much for Cardiff to handle, not to mention his superb goal. Captain Morrison must steady the ship Cardiff's wait for a first win of the season goes on and they have conceded 12 goals in their last three Premier League games. Bluebirds captain Sean Morrison might have been helpless to prevent Aguero and company in such fine form, but he must rally his troops and help Neil Warnock grind out some results soon. Key Opta facts - Cardiff City lost a home league game by a five-goal margin for the first time since April 1994 (2-7 v Cambridge United in the third tier). - Since Pep Guardiola took over ahead of the 2016-17 season, Manchester City have scored 5+ goals in 10 Premier League fixtures, four times more than any other side. - Sergio Aguero made his 300th appearance for Manchester City in all competitions, and scored his 205th goal for the club. - Aguero has now scored 13 and assisted two more in his last 13 Premier League games against newly promoted sides - Bernardo Silva scored and assisted in the same game for the first time ever for Manchester City in his 61 appearances for the club in all competitions. - Silva’s goal for Manchester City was his first-ever headed goal for the club in any competition. What's next There is no let up for Cardiff, who face fellow strugglers Burnley at home before travelling to Tottenham, while Manchester City can look forward to what should be another three points when they meet Brighton and Hove Albion at home after their EFL Cup clash with Oxford United.

  • Guardiola a key factor in Aguero signing...

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says his improved relationship with manager Pep Guardiola was a factor behind his decision to sign a new contract that keeps him at the club until 2021. The pair did not appear to have a positive relationship during Guardiola’s first 18 mont...

    Guardiola a key factor in Aguero signing new Man City contract

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero says his improved relationship with manager Pep Guardiola was a factor behind his decision to sign a new contract that keeps him at the club until 2021. The pair did not appear to have a positive relationship during Guardiola’s first 18 months at the club, with young Brazil striker Gabriel Jesus often preferred up front. However, Aguero has adapted to the Spanish tactician’s style and has praised his boss for helping him to improve as a player after signing his new deal. “I can say I have learned a lot, especially with getting to know [Guardiola] better,” he said. “Obviously, at the start you don’t know each other but as time goes by you get to know him. And this was part of the reason for extending my contract. "Every player would like to work with Pep to learn lots of things.” The forward had previously stated that he was planning to return to his boyhood club Independiente in Argentina upon the expiry of his previous contract, but he has had a change of heart. Guardiola claimed he was convinced his star striker would stay at the club and was adamant that their working relationship was always positive. "The relationship [with Aguero] was always top, was perfect, and I'm delighted he can continue playing here,” said Guardiola. "Now he knows me better, I know him better, like a football player, like a human being, and that is the most important thing." The former Barcelona coach also asserted that his team selection would not be affected by Aguero’s decision, and that the Argentine would not be guaranteed a starting spot. The City boss added: "Always when he didn't play few, few, few times it's because I believed Gabriel could play, or play with a false nine or whatever. That is going to happen the next three years.”

  • 'We didn't make a song and dance!' - War...

    Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has attempted to kickstart a war of words with Pep Guardiola ahead of Manchester City's trip to Wales, criticising the Catalan's reaction to his side's robust tackling in last season's FA Cup clash. Guardiola was left fuming after Leroy Sane was in...

    'We didn't make a song and dance!' - Warnock renews war of words with Guardiola

    Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock has attempted to kickstart a war of words with Pep Guardiola ahead of Manchester City's trip to Wales, criticising the Catalan's reaction to his side's robust tackling in last season's FA Cup clash. Guardiola was left fuming after Leroy Sane was injured during the encounter, following a scything tackle from Joe Bennett. The Germany international was ruled out for two weeks, and the former Barcelona manager used his post-match interview to call on referees to offer greater protection to his players. Warnock, though, has clearly not forgotten about the flashpoints in the game, reminding Guardiola that Jazz Richards was injured for a total of 17 games after being on the receiving end of a tackle from Kevin De Bruyne. "I totally agree with Guardiola (on protection)," Warnock told reporters. "Sane missed three games, but there was a tackle from Kevin De Bruyne on Jazz Richards that put him out for 17 games. "So I would say which is the worst? That sounds like a worse tackle than Bennett's, but we didn't make a song and dance about that. "There were one or two naughty things we didn't get and everybody wrote about the one tackle that Benno knows was a disgrace. De Bruyne didn't even get booked, but he caught his knee badly." The two sides will renew hostilities this weekend, with Cardiff still searching for their first win of the campaign following promotion. Thus far Warnock's men have lost to both Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Bournemouth, while they have drawn with Newcastle and Huddersfield. Manchester City, meanwhile, have their sights set on retaining the title, and Guardiola was in no mood to offer a response to Warnock in his own press conference. "I'm not going to play that game. I'm not going to discuss a game that happened eight months ago. The players (should) be protected - that's why the referees are there, I suppose."

  • Walker 'hurt' by Pochettino disrespect c...

    Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was "hurt" by Mauricio Pochettino's reaction to his departure from Tottenham. Walker swapped Spurs for City at the start of last season in a deal reportedly worth an initial £45 million, going on to win the Premier League and EFL Cup in his f...

    Walker 'hurt' by Pochettino disrespect claims over Tottenham exit

    Manchester City defender Kyle Walker was "hurt" by Mauricio Pochettino's reaction to his departure from Tottenham. Walker swapped Spurs for City at the start of last season in a deal reportedly worth an initial £45 million, going on to win the Premier League and EFL Cup in his first campaign under Pep Guardiola. But the England international, 28, was saddened after Pochettino wrote in his book that he had disrespected his Spurs team-mates by asking to leave towards the end of the 2016-17 season, which ended in a second-place finish.  As well as disagreeing with Pochettino's account, Walker was also disappointed that his former manager's version of what he felt was a private conversation was made public, even though he remains grateful to the Spurs boss for helping to develop him. "He told me I wasn't in his plans," Walker told The Daily Mail. "I was hurt a lot by that. He said his door was always open and I thought it was a private meeting we had. So I kept quiet, but then he went and wrote about it... or his version of it. "If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it's a side of a story I don't agree with. "He said he had a witness in there, but he didn't tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will. "The manager gave me my chance to showcase my talent. But people don't know the ins and outs of everything and it is about time I told people what happened from my side. "I have had a few people calling me a snake and stuff. It hurts because I gave everything to that club. And everything I am now I owe to that club. So yes, it hurts when I go back there now, but I guess it's just a part of football." But he added: "MauricIo was fantastic for me. I was young, needed to improve and he improved me. "He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did." Walker believes the silverware he has won so far at City vindicates his decision to move on from Spurs, who he initially joined in 2009 from Sheffield United. He continued: "I have justified why I wanted to come to Manchester City because I have won trophies and improved. When I first signed I wondered if I had made the right decision. "Tottenham had finished above Manchester City two years on the bounce and were going places. But because I wasn't playing I needed to go. "So I am happy now and happy back in the north. I am my mum's only child and she missed me down south. "It's not the main reason to be here but this was an opportunity to head back north, get my hunger back and to discover something different. I did want to prove I could do this somewhere else. I think I have done that."

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