Humble Guardiola ready to learn, prosper in Premier League


Pep Guardiola gave his first press conference as Manchester City’s manager on Friday with the Spanish coach humble and gracious in front of the assembled media.

He had a simple message he wanted to convert: “we are going to try and do our best for our people.”

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As well as saying he is “curious” to work with Raheem Sterling and “his dream” for Vincent Kompany is for him to be fully fit. Guardiola also spoke about renewing his rivalry with Jose Mourinho as his old foe has just taken over at Manchester United, saying that “big coaches, and he is one, make me better.”

When Guardiola, 45, took over at Barcelona in 2008 he told the fans to fasten their seat belts for the years ahead. He had a similar message for City’s fans to start out with.

“Fasten the seat belt… for the other side of the car,” Guardiola joked.

Guardiola also revealed that he has met with owner Sheikh Mansour and the City hierarchy three times in recent weeks and is not under pressure to deliver titles right away.

“They didn’t tell me ‘you have to win the Premier League and the Champions League’ or like that,” Guardiola said. “He told me do your job as best as possible, do your job the way you are and after that we are going to see. I feel the club is behind us and supports us to reach what we need and what we are looking for.”

What is Guardiola looking for? Well, he broke his philosophy down into simple terms.

“Our idea is so simple. When the opponents has the ball, take it back as soon as possible. When you have the ball try to move as quick as possible, try to create as many chances as possible,” Guardiola said. “That’s all and good team spirit. That is my target for my next life here in Manchester.”

Asked if this would be his final job in coaching, Guardiola simply replied: “I don’t think so.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Manchester City's new Manager Pep Guardiola (L) is unveiled during a media day at the Etihad campus on July 3, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
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He was then asked if he had other opportunities to coach in the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United heavily linked with him in the past, but the former midfielder said it was always City.

“Seriously it was this one. I will always be grateful to this club and the people who chose me to join this country and the Premier League,” Guardiola said. “So, of course, I think the coach has to sooner or later prove what it means to coach in England and the Premier League and Manchester City gave me this challenge, this opportunity, the chance and for me, I am grateful for that. I will do my best until the last day to achieve what we want.”

What he wants may be more difficult to achieve in England compared to Spain and Germany. At Barcelona he was at the club from the age of 13 and worked with the youth setup and reserve teams and promoted promising youngsters such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and others into the first team as they won two UEFA Champions League titles and three La Liga crowns.

In Germany he took charge of Bayern Munich, a powerhouse of the Bundesliga, and led them to three-straight titles, plus three-straight UCL semifinal appearances. He’s never finished outside the top two of a domestic league in his seven seasons as a manager, plus he’s also made at least the UCL semifinal in each of those campaigns.

Guardiola openly admitted he’s not quite sure what to expect from the PL but that he will learn and adapt quickly. He expects the same from his players as they mesh and create a style which works best for everyone.

“I have to adapt to the quality of my players. The way they play in Germany is completely different to Spain and I’m pretty sure — I didn’t play one game in the Premier League — against Sunderland, against Big Sam I will play the first one. I am pretty sure it will be completely different in England compared to Germany,” Guardiola said. “That’s why I am here, to see how it is. Of course I have to adapt my ideas to the quality of the players.

“I am looking for the players to adapt to what I want because it is difficult for me to convince the players something I don’t believe. In this mix we have to find each other as soon as possible and play that way. There are two or three things which won’t change for the rest of my life, they will always be the same. After that the details, a player plays here, little bit back or up front, the little details, it always depends on the quality.”

Spending the past 10 days in Manchester at his new gig, Guardiola has only had a handful of training sessions with his new squad. Most of his first team regulars are still away due to their involvement in the Copa America Centenario or EURO 2016 but that’s meant he’s had time to work with the younger players at City.

The man who promoted several stars from the academy at Barcelona is impressed with City’s kids, called their talent levels “amazing” and praising the incredible facilities.

“I love to work with the young players,” Guardiola said. “And I knew that they are working the last years very well and Chelsea and Manchester City are the best academies in the way they play and both clubs are fighting for the titles in the academies. I realize in a short time, one week, working with nine to ten players from the academy team, I am really impressed with their qualities. Really impressed.”

Does Guardiola believe he can bring his free-flowing, attacking style to the PL and be successful?

“That is why I am here, to prove to myself that I am able to do that,” Guardiola said. “Not just here but in Barcelona and Bayern Munich I would not be able to but that is the reason I am here. So I was in Barcelona where I had absolutely everything, the best player ever and most of the team came up from the academy so I knew them. Bayern Munich a club as well where you have a lot of experience for many, many things. Here is another test for my career. We would have been comfortable to stay where we were but now I feel like this is the right moment to come here and to prove myself to be able to convince these players to play the way we want. Not just I want, we want, and at the end we will see.”

Arsenal vs Liverpool: How to watch live, stream link, TV, team news


Arsenal vs Liverpool: The Premier League leaders will try to keep pace with Manchester City when they welcome the Reds, mired in a mid-table slump, to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday (watch live, 11:30 am ET on USA Network and online via 


The Gunners (7W-0D-1L – 1st place) are winless in their last five meetings with Liverpool (2W-4D-1L – 9th) in all competitions, without scoring a single goal (and conceding 11). Arsenal are winless (without penalty kicks) in their last eight head-to-head matchups (0W-3D-5L).

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Arsenal vs Liverpool

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How to watch Arsenal vs Liverpool live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 11:30 am ET, Sunday
TV channel: USA Network
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Key storylines & star players

Last weekend’s north London derby was billed as a massive test of Arsenal’s early-season title credentials, and they passed with flying colors. Still the youngest team in the Premier League (average age of 24.5, tied with Southampton), the young Gunners have grown and improved far more quickly than was expected of them, now they must show they can beat a side of Liverpool’s caliber — even in their struggles, the quality and highs-stakes experience remain and incredible advantage —  at the very top of the Premier League hierarchy, and a side so dominant in recent times. Gabriel Jesus’ arrival (and team-leading five goals to start the season) has lifted spirits and tide alike, getting the rest of the attacking unit (Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka) heavily involved in the goal-scoring, too. Nine different players have scored a PL goal, but the above quartet is responsible for 12 of 20 goals and 8 of 13 assists thus far.

As for Liverpool, scoring goals hasn’t been a problem (18 in seven games – 4th-most in the PL) and their nine goals conceded (tied-5th-fewest) is hardly appalling either, but their performances have largely matched the disappointing 9th-place start: uninspiring, unremarkable and a bit worrying. Last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Brighton was certainly thrilling, but the Reds not only slow out of the starting gates (2-0 down after 18 minutes), but also not up to the task of closing out an undeserved victory (conceded an 83rd-minute equalizer). Injuries have made things rather difficult for Jurgen Klopp, but the impending returns of Ibrahima Konate and Andrew Robertson are good cause for optimism as Liverpool try to reverse course and keep within touching distance of the top of the table.

Arsenal team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (thigh)

Liverpool team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Naby Keita (undisclosed), Arthur Melo (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Andrew Robertson (knee), Curtis Jones (calf)

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England beats USWNT 2-1 in statement victory at Wembley

England vs USWNT
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LONDON (AP) — Ten weeks after conquering Europe, England proclaimed themselves ready for even more after beating the world champion USWNT 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Friday.

Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway scored to help England beat the USWNT for the first time since 2017 and less than 10 months before the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Stanway’s penalty in the 33rd minute put the hosts in front for good before 76,893 fans. Victory extended England’s unbeaten run to 23 games under coach Sarina Wiegman.

England took the lead in the 10th when Beth Mead sent a low cross into the box. USWNT defender Alana Cook tried to make a sliding block but the ball wiggled through to Hemp, who finished from close range.

The Americans equalized just before the half-hour mark. Millie Bright tried to pass out of the back to a tightly covered Stanway, and Lindsey Horan poked the ball forward to Sophia Smith, who turned and fired low to the left corner past a diving Mary Earps.

Stanway made amends from the spot, though, shooting the ball into the right corner as goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher went the wrong way.

Minutes later, the visitors thought they tied the game again but Trinity Rodman’s strike was ruled out for offside.

England and the USWNT wore teal armbands in solidarity with sexual abuse victims and together held a banner that read “Protect the Players” just before kickoff. A report this week into the scandals that erupted in the National Women’s Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the league.

There was also a moment of silence for the victims of the deadly crush of fans at a soccer match in Indonesia.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard were among the stars in attendance. The Packers play the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “Ted Lasso” actor Jason Sudeikis was also on hand.

USWNT wing Crystal Dunn went on as a second-half substitute — less than five months after giving birth to her son. It was her 124th international appearance and first in nearly 13 months.

The draw for the World Cup will be in Auckland on Oct. 22.

Bournemouth vs Leicester: How to watch live, stream link, team news


Bournemouth vs Leicester: The Cherries will try to make it five games unbeaten when they host the one-win Foxes at Vitality Stadium on Saturday (watch live, 10 am ET on Peacock Premium). 


Leicester (4 points. 19th place) hammered Nottingham Forest 4-0 to pick up that first win of the season last time out, seemingly buying manager Brendan Rodgers a bit more time following an incredibly rocky start (0W-1D-6L). Bournemouth (9 points – 13th), meanwhile, are unbeaten (1W-3D-0L) since firing Scott Parker in late August (1W-0D-3L to start).

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Bournemouth vs Leicester

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How to watch Bournemouth vs Leicester live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10 am ET, Saturday
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Key storylines & star players

The Cherries had turned their season around by tightening the defense (just three goals conceded in four games, including two clean sheets) to compensate for their inability to create, let alone finish, scoring chances (two goals scored in four games under Parker; four in four games under interim boss Gary O’Neil). Half of their six goals came in the 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest (a common them emerges as well), all in a 36-minute period in the second half. Aside from those 36 minutes, it’s been a barren wasteland of offensive output (0.48 xG per game – last in the Premier League, by a wide margin).

The Foxes kept their first clean sheet of the season in the win over Forest, after conceding a PL-high 22 goals in their first seven games (they are still last in the PL, just ahead of — you guessed it — Forest). Leicester were, however, fortunate to escape the opening half-hour without conceding (maybe twice), most notably when Taiwo Awoniyi hit the post of an open goal. Saturday’s battle with Bournemouth will offer the perfect opportunity for another clean sheet.

Bournemouth team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Junior Stanislas (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Leicester team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Wilfried Ndidi (hamstring), Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee), Nampalys Mendy (knee)

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Premier League injury news, 2022-23 season


Premier League injury news: It’s time to take a look at which players might be unavailable for matchweek 10 of the 2022-23 Premier League season, due to injury.

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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.

Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.

Arsenal injuries

OUT: Emile Smith Rowe (groin), Mohamed Elneny (thigh)

Aston Villa injuries

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Lucas Digne (ankle), Boubacar Kamara (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Leon Bailey (undisclosed), Calum Chambers (illness)

Bournemouth injuries

OUT: David Brooks (fitness), Lloyd Kelly (knee), Junior Stanislas (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Joseph Rothwell (thigh), Benjamin Pearson (undisclosed), Ryan Fredericks (undisclosed)

Brentford injuries

OUT: Pontus Jansson (hamstring), Christian Norgaard (achilles), Keane Lewis-Potter (knock) | QUESTIONABLE: Ethan Pinnock (knee)

Brighton & Hove Albion injuries

OUT: Jakub Moder (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Moises Caicedo (undisclosed)Enock Mwepu (illness)

Chelsea injuries

OUT: Wesley Fofana (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: N’Golo Kante (hamstring), Carney Chukwuemeka (illness)

Crystal Palace injuries

OUT:  Chris Richards (leg), Jack Butland (hand), Nathaniel Clyne (ankle), Nathan Ferguson (foot), James McArthur (groin)

Everton injuries

OUT: Ben Godfrey (broken leg), Nathan Patterson (ankle), Andros Townsend (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (knee), Yerry Mina (ankle), Mason Holgate (knee)

Fulham injuries

OUT: Harry Wilson (knee), Nathaniel Chalobah (suspension), Layvin Kurzawz (calf), Manor Solomon (knee) | QUESTIONABLE: Antonee Robinson (ankle), Willian (calf), Kenny Tete (undisclosed)

Leeds United injuries

OUT: Luis Sinisterra (suspension), Stuart Dallas (thigh), Adam Forshaw (ankle), Archie Gray (ankle)

Leicester City injuries

OUT: Wilfried Ndidi (hamstring), Ricardo Pereira (achilles), Ryan Bertrand (knee), Nampalys Mendy (knee)

Liverpool injuries

OUT: Naby Keita (undisclosed), Arthur Melo (undisclosed), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Curtis Jones (calf), Andrew Robertson (knee)

Manchester City injuries

OUT: Kyle Walker (groin), Kalvin Phillips (shoulder), John Stones (hamstring), Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE)

Manchester United injuries

OUT: Harry Maguire (hamstring), Aaron Wan Bissaka (knock), Donny van de Beek (knock), Brandon Williams (undisclosed), Mason Greenwood (suspension – MORE) | QUESTIONABLE: Raphael Varane (ankle)

Newcastle United injuries

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (thigh), Matt Ritchie (calf), Emil Krafth (knee), Karl Darlow (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Aleksander Isak (leg)

Nottingham Forest injuries

OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh)

Southampton injuries

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Adam Armstrong (undisclosed), Juan Larios (undisclosed)

Tottenham Hotspur injuries

OUT: Dejan Kulusevski (undisclosed), Emerson Royal (suspension), Lucas Moura (achilles), Japhet Tanganga (knock)

West Ham United injuries

OUT: Nayef Aguerd (ankle) | QUESTIONABLE: Maxwel Cornet (calf)

Wolverhampton Wanderers injuries

OUT: Ruben Neves (suspension), Raul Jimenez (groin), Pedro Neto (ankle), Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Nathan Collins (suspension), Chiquinho (knee)