Manchester City

  • David Silva lifts lid on what Man City p...

    David Silva says Manchester City players enjoy the "intense" games during Pep Guardiola's training routines. Guardiola has come under criticism this season as his side sit 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 22 games, most recently drawing 2-2 with Tottenham....

    David Silva lifts lid on what Man City players like about Guardiola training style

    David Silva says Manchester City players enjoy the "intense" games during Pep Guardiola's training routines. Guardiola has come under criticism this season as his side sit 12 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea after 22 games, most recently drawing 2-2 with Tottenham. While results may not be going their way at times, Silva has revealed that the squad are happy with life on the training field and that how they train depends on how many days they have between matches.  "If we've got more days available to just train, they usually are much tougher but otherwise it's more about recuperating," he told Dugout. "So it does just depend upon how many days we have available to train. "When we break into a small game at the end of the sessions, that's what we all like. Short games, full of intensity are what the players usually like best. "You just have to focus on that next game and recuperate well so you can win the next one." Silva has been utilised in the centre and on the left wing for City this season, stating that it is acting through the middle that comes more naturally to him. "I try to play the ball quickly between the lines which is a style of play I have to adapt in my particular position. "I try to improve that aspect of my game and instantly pick out players further up the pitch than me like the wide men and the strikers. That's how I always try to play. "I think that by playing centre midfield in the middle of the park I'm doing something which comes naturally to me. One of the things I did well as a young kid was to link well with the rest of the team so I reckon it's something which is natural for me." In 20 games in the Premier League for City this season, 31-year-old Silva has scored one goal and set up a further four. According to Opta’s stats, Kevin De Bruyne is the only player in the team to have created more chances than Silva, with the Belgian making 65 to the Spaniard’s 44.

  • Iheanacho loan move ruled out by Man Cit...

    Kelechi Iheanacho will not be seeking a loan move away from Manchester City during the January transfer window, according to the striker’s father. The 20-year-old forward has started to slip down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, with competition for places fierce in Pep ...

    Iheanacho loan move ruled out by Man City striker's father

    Kelechi Iheanacho will not be seeking a loan move away from Manchester City during the January transfer window, according to the striker’s father. The 20-year-old forward has started to slip down the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium, with competition for places fierce in Pep Guardiola’s squad. Toure feels Sterling should've dived He did start the season in fine form, netting three times in his opening six appearances. There have been just three more goals since then, though, as his game time has dwindled. The arrival of Gabriel Jesus at City is threatening to block his path further, with Iheanacho failing to make the matchday squad for Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham. He is, however, happy to stay and fight for his place, with talk of a potential switch elsewhere quickly quashed. “Automatically Kelechi is not going on loan because his name is not among the players leaving,” James Iheanacho told allnigeriasoccer.com.  Bravo wants City mental strength “It is only [on Saturday] he did not play.” Iheanacho made the breakthrough at City last season, netting 14 times in all competitions – including a hat-trick in a FA Cup clash with Aston Villa. Guardiola has already sought to reassure the youngster that he will be given regular outings this season, stating back in November: “My advice is keep going, keep fighting, sooner or later everything is coming back, and of course he’s going to have his minutes.”

  • 'He's too honest' - Toure claims Sterlin...

    Yaya Toure has told Raheem Sterling that he is “too honest” and should have dived to win a penalty in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham. The England international burst into the box in the 76th minute at the Etihad Stadium, with City leading the Premier League encounter ...

    'He's too honest' - Toure claims Sterling should have dived against Tottenham

    Yaya Toure has told Raheem Sterling that he is “too honest” and should have dived to win a penalty in Manchester City’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham. The England international burst into the box in the 76th minute at the Etihad Stadium, with City leading the Premier League encounter at the time. Bravo wants City mental strength He was shoved in the back by Spurs full-back Kyle Walker, but stayed on his feet and saw the incident overlooked by the match officials. Son Heung-min levelled matters shortly afterwards, with Toure admitting after the game that Sterling needs to look at forcing the issue when he draws contact inside the penalty area. The Ivorian said: “If he'd dived everyone would have been saying, 'It's a dive'. “If you have a bit of experience like me, you'd maybe dive in that situation, and that's maybe what you have to do. “He's too honest. He wants to be proper in these sorts of games. Man City deserved to beat Spurs “If the lad is like that, you can't tell him he's wrong. When you see it, he can't miss from there. He was so close and after that Walker pushes him in the back.” Referee Andre Marriner was the man to wave away the push on Sterling, with Toure conceding that highlights of the Spurs encounter will be a tough watch for Pep Guardiola’s side – having seen a two-goal lead slip through their grasp. “The manager and the players are frustrated because we feel like we've been robbed,” he added. “I'll go home and watch the highlights and probably break the glass (on the TV) because we've lost two points like that. Walker admits to Sterling push “If the referee looks at the highlights as well he is going to feel something is unfair. We all do wrongs in life, but this is difficult to take.” Stalemate on home soil has left City fifth in the Premier League standings, two points adrift of the Champions League places and only two in front of arch-rivals Manchester United.

  • Manchester City must be mentally strong,...

    Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo wants his team-mates to draw on reserves of mental strength to get their Premier League campaign back on track. City were held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, despite taking a two-goal lead as Leroy Sane and ...

    Manchester City must be mentally strong, says embattled Bravo

    Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo wants his team-mates to draw on reserves of mental strength to get their Premier League campaign back on track. City were held to a 2-2 draw by Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, despite taking a two-goal lead as Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne benefited from errors by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris early in the second half. Dele Alli and substitute Son Heung-min bailed out the France international by beating his opposite number Bravo, earning a point for Mauricio Pochettino's men in a game where they were second-best for long periods. RUMOURS: Man Utd & Chelsea want Bale Pep Guardiola's City remain fifth in the Premier League, outside the Champions League qualification places and 12 points shy of leaders Chelsea. "It's not a good feeling, looking at how things developed," Bravo told City's official website. "We had everything to win the game, but it’s the same old story: we had troubles creating [taking] chances and the other team, with less options, get the goals. "We must be mentally strong. We must keep working hard, keep believing in what we’re doing. It's the only recipe." Many believe Bravo himself could be a rogue ingredient in this City side and, on the back of last weekend's 4-0 loss at Everton, Alli and Son's goals meant he has conceded from 16 of the past 24 shots on target he has faced - including each of the last six. On this occasion, it was certainly unfair to apportion blame to the Chile international, who has struggled to settle into his position as Joe Hart's successor. Bravo's role as a keeper who can help to build attacks from the back has been well documented and he believes City's commitment to a methodical passing style under Guardiola will yield results. "We must always fight," he added. "Now we have had this downturn, but it can also happen to other teams. It’s the magic of the Premier League, anyone competes with you and can take points off you," he said. "We must firmly believe in our convictions and, more than ever, that our game will take us to win many things."

  • 'A dream come true' - Gabriel Jesus deli...

    Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus hailed "a dream come true" after making his Manchester City debut, but admitted he must adapt quickly to the Premier League. Pep Guardiola introduced Jesus from the bench after 82 minutes of City's 2-2 draw with Tottenham, and he almost made an imm...

    'A dream come true' - Gabriel Jesus delighted to make PL bow in Man City's draw with Spurs

    Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus hailed "a dream come true" after making his Manchester City debut, but admitted he must adapt quickly to the Premier League. Pep Guardiola introduced Jesus from the bench after 82 minutes of City's 2-2 draw with Tottenham, and he almost made an immediate impact as he saw a debut goal disallowed for offside. It was almost a grandstand introduction to English football after City had thrown away a two-goal lead gifted to them by a pair of Hugo Lloris errors and Jesus highlighted the pace of the game as an area for him to work on. "I'm happy for this opportunity to debut at City's home," Jesus told ESPN Brasil. "I'm not very glad about the draw. We had the match in our hands. "I'm getting used to English football. Everything can happen from what we saw today. The speed is different from Brazilian football. I must adapt as quick as I can to do well. "It was very important for me to come on tonight, to have this confidence from my team-mates and my coach. Unfortunately, I was offside [for the disallowed goal]. I started celebrating while the whole stadium was in silence. "But it's a dream come true to play in the Premier League." City had led Spurs 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with goals from Leroy Sane and Kevin de Bruyne, but they were pegged back by Dele Alli and Son Heung-min as Guardiola's men remain fifth.

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