Oct 202015
 

bbc vs msnReal Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo who make up the clubs attacking trio known as “the BBC” together with Barcelona’s fearsome MSN which consist of Lionel Messi, Lius Suarez and Neymar Santos Jr would battle other players in world football for the FIFA Ballon D’Or. The 23 man shortlist which was announced by FIFA is dominated by Barcelona players and that of course is because of the team’s success last term. Exceptional players like Alexis Sanchez who has been a sensation since his move to arsenal also made the 23 man shortlist. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard also made the cut along side Manchester City stars; Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure.

Current holder Cristiano Ronaldo recently became Real Madrid’s all time highest goal scorer eclipsing club legend Raul Gonzalez. Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a treble last season and Alexis Sanchez was instrumental in winning a trophy each for his club Arsenal and Chile in the Copa America. the full 23 man shortlist is listed below;

Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid), Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium/VfL Wolfsburg/Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden/Paris Saint-Germain), Andres Iniesta (Spain/FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Poland/FC Bayern Munich), Javier Mascherano (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Lionel Messi (Argentina/FC Barcelona), Thomas Muller (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Germany/FC Bayern Munich), Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona), Paul Pogba (France/Juventus), Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/FC Barcelona), Arjen Robben (Netherlands/FC Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Chile/Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/FC Barcelona), Yaya Toure (Côte d’Ivoire/Manchester City), Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus/FC Bayern Munich).

 

Oct 182015
 

premier leagueA lot was expected as all the leagues returned to action following the long international break but the Premier League just had so much going on for it. Chelsea were expected to have gotten the break needed to get them back to winning ways, Liverpool fans couldn’t wait to see the effects of their new coach, Arsenal longed to see their good run continue and Manchester United just wanted to be over their heavy lose at the Emirates.

Chelsea seemed to have found their rhythm in the absence of their main talisman Eden Hazard as they capitalised on Aston Villa’s defensive errors to win the game by 2 goals to nil. Manchester City were on fire, thrashing AC Bournemouth 5-1 with Raheem Sterling scoring three of those goals. Meanwhile United got the better of the game at Goodison park by winning 3-0, captain Wayne Rooney rounded off the scoring when he picked up a superb pass from Ander Herrera and lifted the ball over the on rushing keeper. Liverpool played harder, faster and with more enthusiasm but ended up sharing the spoils at White Hart Lane.

Southampton gave away a two goal lead as Vardy lead Leicester City to a great comeback to draw level with the second goal coming-in in the 90th minute. Late goals from Lazzini and Payet helped West Ham secure a vital win over Crystal Palace. Hot sensation Alexis Sanchez lead the rout as Arsenal came in strong in the second half to win newly promoted side Watford. Berahino was the man to burst Sunderland’s bubble as faced West Bromwich later in the day.

Earlier today, Wijnaldum scored a staggering four goals as Newcastle trashed Norwich City at St James Park. The Netherlands international scored twice in both halves of the game. And that leaves us with the last match of this round, which is Swansea vs Stoke City and that would be played tomorrow night.

Oct 082015
 

Pep Guardiola is noted as one hell of a coach. He was the coach that swept the boards during his days at Barcelona. On moving to Bayern Munich, he has been performing wonders ever since, with his team scoring a lot of goals, especially in this champions league. Bayern is even touted to be one of the favourites for the champions league trophy.

There have been insinuations that this phenomenal coach might be coming over to the Etihad stadium. Guardiola’s deal with Bayern is to come to an end by the end of this season. Till date, no agreement has been reached on whether or not he would be staying at Bayern.

This has made a lot of people to guess that he would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season. There are reports that Guardiola is into an oral agreement to take over at Manchester City, replacing present coach Manuel Pellegrini as the head coach.

Due to the speculation of Guardiola leaving, Jurgen Klopp has been asked to be patient in order to get the Bayern Job. This was said by a former Brazilian International, Giovani Elber. Klopp, who is set on taking over at Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has been sacked, is seen by Elber as the best choice for Bayern Munich.

The arrival of Guardiola to City would be welcome. However, this would be dependent on a lot of factors. For example, City might not let go of Pellegrini if he can take the team to great heights this season. This could be in the form of winning the premier league and going far in the champions league. Guardiola’s leaving of Bayern might not be so easy as the club would fight tooth and nail to keep him.

In all, we should and watch to see how all this would eventually pan out.

Sep 272015
 

With five games into the Premier League, Manchester City were the only team in the English top flight to have secured a perfect start to the season given that they had won all their matches and they did so without conceding a single goal. But all that gloss was dimmed after their 2-1 defeat against West Ham last weekend. The loss was followed by a 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland in the league cup which suggested that they were back to winning ways only to be pegged down in London by the same score line against Tottenham. City’s early season form has dropped and has seen them lose three matches in their last four games allowing their city rivals Manchester United to claim top spot in the Table.

Manchester City drew first blood after Kevin De Bruyne who appeared to be in an offside position gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half with beautiful strike. But that offside call was just the first of many to come as three of Totteham’s goals were also scored from an offside position. Manuel Pellegrini gave a good press conference after his team’s loss, he praised his opponents for a wonderful display and didn’t seem to care about the poor officiating that saw his side concede three goals from offside positions. Manchester city must shake off the effects of this loss and get back to winning ways as they travel to Germany to face Borrusia Monchengladbach on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Sep 262015
 

Manchester City has a total of seven players sidelined through injury as they travel to London to face Tottenham Hotspur later today. The long queue of injured players for the club includes play maker David Silva, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Bony who are expected to return in the first week of October. While Gael Clichy and Mangala, would be returning later that month. Summer signing Fabian Delph is yet to make an appearance for the team this season due to a hamstring injury. Manchester City appears to be the only Premier League club that can have this much star players on the sidelines and still have so much to offer and that is because of the depth of their squad. Manchester City has a lot of options in different roles but their match against Sunderland in the Capital One Cup required that the club need do with the available squad. City went on to win the match 4-1 with Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling all on the score sheet.

City’s manager, Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that Samir Nasir, Pablo Zabeleta and his team captain Vincent Kompany would be available for selection today against Sunderland. With Aguero who missed most of the match against Juventus due to injury back to fitness, the manager is hoping the team could move on from their last week’s defeat to West Ham and win in London. Summer signings Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne are also available, with the later impressing against West Ham. Though they lost that match, his performance shows that he doesn’t need a whole season to adapt to the Premier League he left a season ago and that’s one reason why City spent so much on him.

Sep 202015
 

Manchester city started the English Premier League well. Their first five games were all wins for them. They also did not concede any goal of sort. However, this was not to last. Earlier this week, in the UEFA champions league, City’s good start to the season was destroyed as they Lost 2-1 to Juventus on Tuesday.
Although City lost in the Champions League, they were still unbeaten in the Premier League. One would expect that City would continue its unbeaten streak in the premier league. This turned out not to be the case. City lost 2 goals to 1 to Westham at the Etihad this Saturday. It took less than 31 minutes for Westham to find that Chink in City’s armour.
About 5 minutes into the game, Victor Moses put in the lead for Westham through a shot fired from 25 yards. The second goal came from a corner kick as Diafra Sakho scored from a rebound ball. City later got one up in the person of De Bruyne who scored his first goal for Manchester City. The goal was also a shot from 25 yards out.
City played without Da Silva who had a calf injury during the warm up. Perhaps, the presence of Silva could have added some edge to city’s attack. After the match, Pellegrini decided not to take Silva’s absence as an excuse. De Bruyne also performed well on his full debut for city, however his performance didn’t elicit praise from Pellegrini who lamented that although he scored, the main thing was that City didn’t win the game.
Westham’s boss, Slaven Bilic was understandably elated during the post match conference. Westham has won all three of their away games this season. The other two were at Anfield and Emirates. This has been their best start to the season in a while.
In all, it seems it that its too much to ask for City to maintain their invincibility for so long. We all hope they improve their consistency.

Sep 162015
 

Nights like Tuesday night were the reason for Raheem Sterling’s switch from Liverpool to Manchester city during the last transfer window. Sterling joined city amid the controversial circumstances with his proposed move but he has impressed his new coach with his performances as he helped his side win all five of their opening fixtures in the premier league this season. But he has come under five after missing two clear cut chances that would have won the game for them in their 2-1 defeat to last year’s Champions League finalist Juventus. He was eventually replaced later in the game by fellow summer signing Kevin de Bruyne.

On a night when city so desperately wanted to win as was seen by their attacking play, Raheem Sterling failed to deliver. He had two clear chances to dash the hopes of Juventus with his first coming just two minutes into the game after being played through by Fernandinho. But his low effort was saved brilliantly by veteran Italian goal keeper, Buffon. City later took the lead in the 57th minute through an own goal by Chiellini when Vincent Kompany’s header was deflected off the defender. Although the Juventus center-back was furious that the goal was allowed to stand because he felt he was fouled by Kompany. Raheem sterling had a chance to all but bury the game just three minutes later and again Buffon did well top deny him the goal. That would prove to be his last chance of the night as was replaced few minutes later. Juventus got back in the game through a wonderful goal by Mandzukic in the 70th minute and took the lead when Alvaro Morata’s left footed shot was too strong for Joe Hart to stop.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pelligrini speaking at the post match conference, refused to blame the defeat on Sterling stating that the though they controlled the game, they should have buried their chances. Manchester City still has 5 more games to play and they would be hoping to grab the points they need to qualify from those games.

Sep 132015
 

 

Manchester city has won their fifth consecutive game this season making them stand atop the league table. They lead second place, Manchester United and third place Arsenal by 5 points. They lead Chelsea, who were the winners of the league last season by 11 points.

Their win came after a last minute strike from Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, put them ahead of Alan Pardew’s side, Crystal palace. The match was a pretty tough one as Manchester City’s striker, Aguero, received a tackle from Scott Dann in the first half that saw him leaving the pitch due to a knee injury.

This tackle probably set the tone for the confrontation which was later to take place between the coaches on the touch line. The confrontation was sparked moments later when Yaya  Toure tackled James Mc Arthur. After the tackle, Pardew went to Pellegrini’s technical area to protest the tackle. There was an exchange of words but all was resolved as both coaches ended up shaking hands. This was not the first time both coaches had a confrontation, there was also a confrontation in 2013 when Pardew was in charge at Newcastle.

Palace held City tightly and it seemed that Manchester City be denied their fifths consecutive win. All this changed in the dying minutes as City substitute, Kelechi Iheanacho was the quickest to react to a rebound after palace keeper, Alex McCarthy parried a shot from Samir Nasri. The strike from the Nigerian forward turned out to be only goal of the game and helped ensure that City’s invincibility continued.

Although it is still early in the season to reach this conclusion, if City continues in this form, the title could well we within their grasps.