Ex-England international Stan Collymore has been more impressed with the start made to Premier League life by the man at Chelsea than the greatly hyped Manchester City boss.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola “might win the battle” with Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte, as they prepare to lock horns on Saturday, but former Stan Collymore says that he might not “win the war”.
Both men are new to Premier League coaching circles, having taken up their respective posts over the summer. Naijabet
They arrived with glowing reputations formed in previous jobs, with Guardiola credited with turning Barcelona into a modern day superpower, while backing up that success with more titles at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Conte, meanwhile, has worked his way up to the top, with spells at Juventus and the Italy national side seeing him prove his worth as a man-manager and tactical genius.
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned French midfielder Moussa Sissoko he must raise his game if he wants to win a place in the first team.
Sissoko joined Spurs from Newcastle United in a club record-equalling £30 million deal during the close season. But he has made only four Premier League starts this season and was left out of the squad for Spurs’ last two league games, the latest of which was Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.
“Football is not about money,” Pochettino said. Naija and Bet
“You show on the training ground you are better than another team-mate and you deserve to be involved.
“I need to take a decision and I believe the players that start on the bench deserve to be involved in the game (against Chelsea). It is not another thing to focus on.”
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The Ivorian midfielder, who has returned to the fold at the Etihad after a prolonged absence, insists that his side’s city rivals can still win the Premier League.
Manchester United are still one of six teams in the race to win the Premier League, according to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.
City are level on points with Liverpool, and one adrift of leaders Chelsea in a tightly contested field after 13 games. Naija and Bet
But Toure will not rule out the teams behind his side, including Arsenal, Tottenham and even Jose Mourinho’s United, who are 11 points behind Chelsea.
“To be honest it’s Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United,” Toure told reporters when asked who City’s title rivals were.
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The Germany international midfielder insists that, out of respect for the fans, he would not make the move to Camp Nou and that he could end his playing career in 2022.
Toni Kroos insists he would not consider switching Real Madrid for Barcelona and has revealed he could retire at the end of his current contract.
The likes of Michael Laudrup, Luis Enrique, Luis Figo and Ronaldo have all played for the two Clasico rivals during their career, but Kroos has no interest in joining that list.
The midfielder signed a new contract last month to keep him at Santiago Bernabeu until 2022, which would see him remain in the Spanish capital until the age of 32.
And following the expiration of that deal the Germany international has suggested he will retire rather than look for another club.
“I do not envisage going to Barcelona,” he said. Naija and Bet
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Manager Pep Guardiola is pleased with how well his Manchester City side have coped with their demanding schedule this season as they have managed to stay close to the Premier League summit despite their European commitments.
City have not only progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League but are also well-placed to launch an assault of the league title, sitting third in the table on 30 points, one behind leaders Chelsea after 13 games.
“To be honest (the title race) is Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham (Hotspur) and Manchester United. The league this year is unpredictable and it’s going to be decided in the last two or three months,” Guardiola told British media.
City’s rivals Chelsea and second-placed Liverpool have taken full advantage of the absence of European football in their sporting calendar to climb up the table.
“We’ll have played eight more games – terrible games – in the Champions League than Chelsea and Liverpool and we are there. That’s why the first part of the season is so satisfying,” Guardiola added. Naijabet.com
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Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal had to conquer their nerves before securing the 3-1 win that thrust them back in the Premier League title race.
Wenger’s side had fallen six points behind leaders Chelsea after drawing three of their last four league games and they were in danger of another damaging setback at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Having led through Alexis Sanchez’s early goal, the Gunners were pegged back by Callum Wilson’s controversial penalty midway through the first half.
With the Arsenal faithful getting restless, Wenger revealed he had tried to calm his players down at halftime as they wrestled with the anxieties caused by three successive draws. Naijabet.com
They responded to Wenger’s pep talk by scoring twice after halftime through Theo Walcott and Sanchez to move within three points of Chelsea.
“We started well but when they equalised we became nervous,” Wenger said.
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Dani Alves added to Juventus’ injury woes on Sunday after suffering a shin bone fracture during the Italian champions’ shock 3-1 defeat to Genoa that reports suggest could sideline him for three months.
Former Barcelona star Alves went in for a late challenge at the Luigi Ferraris Stadium and came off worst, suffering “a compound fracture of the shin bone in his left leg,” according to a brief statement by Juventus.
“He will be evaluated on Monday,” it added. Naija and Bet
Juventus, aiming for a record sixth consecutive Serie A title, were already without experienced defenders Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini, prompting coach Massimiliano Allegri to deploy an untried back three composed of Leonardo Bonucci, Mehdi Benatia and Swiss wing-back Stephan Lichtsteiner.
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Ronald Koeman admitted his growing concern at Everton’s decline in form after his side slumped to defeat at the manager’s former club, Southampton.
Charlie Austin’s goal, scored after just 41 seconds, secured Saints’ victory, leaving Koeman’s Everton with just one win in their last eight Premier League games.
The promise of the opening weeks of the season has quickly disappeared at Goodison Park and Koeman admitted he was left frustrated at his side’s display. Naijabet.com
The opening seconds of the game highlighted a lack of organisation at the back and while the Merseysiders improved in the second period, they did not muster and attempt on target until added time.
Koeman said: “I’m not worried about results, worried about what I see on the pitch, how we start games, have difficulties to be organised defensively and stop the opponents.