Pep Guardiola was angry and animated on the touch line, but sounded more positive notes after Manchester City’s 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday.
The City boss says his side’s problem has been in the boxes this year, that his team has controlled the ball and tried to take its game to the opposition.
[ RECAP: Chelsea 2-1 Man City ]
And while mistakes hurt his side in Wednesday’s loss, he said he loves the way the club is improving. Guardiola went as far as to say he is lucky to coach City’s collection of talent, and that he had the better side in both of this season’s losses to Chelsea.
“Absolutely, but they got six points and we have zero,” Guardiola said. “Football is results but the way we play, today I’m happier than when we played Arsenal and we got one point.”
Why was he so pleased? There’s an answer in here, one that explains why Guardiola is viewed as a very unique mind.
“We play for us. We compete against us. The performance is for ourselves, and to go after the game and say, ‘I did absolutely everything’. We are working from the beginning when we met each other.
“When I am a spectator I see when one team is afraid and just waiting for one action to win the game. I don’t want to be reactive. I want my team to be proactive. It’s not easy.”
Expect City to look very different after another transfer window (and with healthy Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan). Guardiola is clearly feeling like his team is doing well despite a lack of key pieces to his system.
In Part 2 of Everton Unseen, European football returns to Goodison Park as Everton host MFK Ruzomberok in the qualifying round of the Europa League.
Click play on the video below to get a feel for how Goodison Park will be in the second leg of the Europa League in Part 2 of this videos series.
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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says it is sending in an emergency management team to run the troubled Cameroon football federation.
The panel to be appointed by FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will oversee elections by next March to replace disputed polls in 2015 for the Cameroon federation board.
FIFA’s intervention comes amid speculation Cameroon could be stripped of hosting the next African Cup of Nations in June-July 2019.
CAF President Ahmad this month cast doubt on Cameroon’s ability to prepare for the expanded 24-team tournament.
FIFA says Wednesday it acted after “recent failed attempts … to reconcile the football stakeholders in Cameroon and overcome the current impasse.”
Tottenham reportedly broke the bank for its first transfer of the summer.
The North London club confirmed that it had completed a transfer with Ajax for defender Davinson Sanchez after the Colombian international passed a medical. According to The Telegraph, the deal is worth around $54 million, a club record. The deal is subject to acquisition of Sanchez’s work permit but given the transfer fee and him being in Colombia’s squad, it’s likely a mere formality at this point.
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The 21-year-old defender brings speed and strength to Tottenham’s backline as well as a year of seasoning in the Eredivisie, which features plenty of attacking talent. Sanchez will battle with Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen for a place in Spurs’ three-man backline.
It’s a risk moving to a new club a year ahead of the World Cup, but Sanchez is hoping that with appearances in the UEFA Champions League and Premier League up for grabs, he can do well enough to keep his place in the Colombia National Team squad.
Here’s some more transfer news from across England:
Liverpool got off to a flying start in the second leg of its UEFA Champions League tie with Hoffenheim.
With the loyal Anfield crowd behind the team, the Reds scored three goals in the first 21 minutes, two of them from Emre Can to put Liverpool well in control of the tie.
Can’s opener was followed by a goal from Mo Salah before the German international scored a wide-open goal at the back post to make it 3-0 and 5-1 on aggregate. Sadio Mane played a big role in both of Can’s goals.
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Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann went to the bench right after the third goal and brought on Mark Uth, who promptly scored to bright a little hope back to the German club.
Here’s a look at the flying first half of goals for Liverpool.
Emre Can 10′
Mohamed Salah 18′
Emre Can 21′
Mark Uth 28′