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How’s Guardiola’s vision shaping up at Manchester City?


Every manager has their own style, and now we’ll see if Pep Guardiola can recreate his at Manchester City.

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The former Barcelona player and manager has had undeniable success with both roles during his tenure, but he’s about to tackle a different animal; coaching in England.

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Guardiola’s success in the past as a coach has been predicated on the play of his stars, just as many other high-profile managers are judged. The Spaniard does have a distinct style of the play, though, and if Manchester City can execute it, they’ll not only be a fun team to watch but also in contention to win the Premier League in his first season in charge.

In the past, he’s had players like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta pulling the strings on some of the best teams that have ever been assembled, and now Guardiola is trying to put that together in an attempt to give City its third PL title in the last six years.

While Manchester United, Chelsea and reigning champions Leicester City spent big this summer to chase the Foxes at the top of the league, the Citizens went after several key players like Spanish forward Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan, Leroy Sane and John Stones.

In addition to the players that were already at Guardiola’s disposal prior his arrival this summer, City just got a whole lot better and more dangerous under the first-year coach. Obviously it doesn’t mean much until you step onto the field and perform, but for now, City could very well be in contention to dethrone Leicester.

Guardiola picked out the team’s biggest needs and addressed each of them concisely, particularly the centerback and holding midfield positions. With Stones and Gundogan filling those gaps, respectively, that gives more assurances going forward for the attack.

With Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and David Silva already leading the charge, Leroy Sane’s inclusion presents another dangerous option up front for the Citizens as they look to give the rest of the PL fits at the back.

Not only did Guardiola prepare for the present though, but also the future with the signings of Gabriel Jesus and Marlos Moreno. Additionally, the 45-year-old will also have the City academy at his disposal, which has quickly begun developing some of the top young players in Europe.

For a team that boasts as much talent on the field as it does on the bench, the rest of the PL has to be wary of the Citizens for their depth. Players like Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling, who would normally start on most teams, can be afforded to Guardiola as he looks to tinker with his lineup throughout the long PL campaign as well as various competitions that the team participates in.

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.


Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.