Guardiola, Sterling on Man City’s remarkable bounce back (video)

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Sergio Aguero set a Manchester City while matching a Premier League record as his club went atop the table by handing Chelsea its worst ever PL defeat.

We mean, where to start?

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City was as clinical as it was magnificent in a 6-0 win on Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, with the first four goals coming in 25 minutes and all coming via Aguero and Raheem Sterling (The Englishman had a brace).

The win was City’s third in eight days, as the reigning champs continue to serve notice that they aren’t letting Liverpool waltz away with their crown.

And this was days after Bernardo Silva admitted that City was ready to concede the title following a surprising loss to Newcastle.

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Managers and players often say that performances should be taken on a game-by-game basis, but Pep Guardiola sounds like a man who lives in the present.

We bet he’s even got several books on mindfulness.

“The pressure doesn’t exist,” Guardiola said. “All we can do is play like a team. If you win perfect, if not you try next season. What pressure? We are privileged to be footballers and a manager. I demand their best. There are many troubles happen all around the world for us to think about pressure.”

And it’s that philosophy, a hyper version of “What have you done for me lately?” that has players like Raheem Sterling focused on performing all the time.

“You’ve gotta be switched on every day,” Sterling said, pitch side with the NBC Sports Soccer crew after the match (full video atop post).

“The way he sets us up is brilliant but at the end of the day we’ve gotta go out there and do it. … You’ve gotta stay on your toes here. No one expects to start.”

Man City heads to the road now, with an FA Cup visit to Newport County before a UEFA Champions League trip to Schalke for the first leg of the Round of 16.

Americans Adams, McKennie have big Bundesliga days

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USMNT youngsters Tyler Adams and Weston McKennie put in elite but very different performances for their Bundesliga clubs on Saturday.

Adams continues to take RB Leipzig by storm, the Major League Soccer export easily adjusting to an upgrade in league through the Red Bull system.

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The New York Red Bulls Academy product, 20, has started four matches for his new Bundesliga side, and RBL has won all four by a combined score of 11-1.

Adams picked up his first Bundesliga assist on Saturday in creating Youssef Poulsen’s 12th goal of the season in RBL’s 3-1 win at Stuttgart.

He covered the third-most ground in the game, at 12.65 kilometers, registering a game-high 39 sprints. His 109 runs were 19 more than anyone else, and he won 13 tackles. And while some of those big numbers are typical for that position on the pitch, there’s no denying his impact on a Champions League side.

Meanwhile, fellow American midfielder McKennie had a different task on Saturday, going 90 minutes and starting at right back as 10-man Schalke gutted out a 0-0 draw with Freiburg.

McKennie, 20, covered the fourth-most ground of anyone in the game at 11.56 km, winning a game-high 13 tackles and putting a pair of shots on goal.

Notably, he completed 34 of 35 passes.

McKennie is a half-year younger than Adams, but the similarities are there.

FIFA transfer reforms target $400M for lower-tier clubs

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ZURICH (AP) — FIFA believes it can direct up to $400 million each year toward clubs worldwide entitled to a share of transfer fees paid for their former players.

FIFA says a key part of intended transfer market reforms will “ensure clubs are adequately rewarded for training players.”

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Since current transfer rules were updated in 2001, clubs have been due training compensation and solidarity payments from transfers paid in the careers of players they helped nurture.

FIFA acknowledges the “overly complicated and burdensome” system of calculating payments is understood by too few clubs.

A clearing house will aim to process transfer payments more efficiently.

FIFA research suggests tens of millions of dollars were paid to clubs last year instead of their entitlement of at least $350 million.

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Brighton outlasts Derby despite Ashley Cole goal (video)

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Despite a late scare, dominant Brighton and Hove Albion put an end to Frank Lampard‘s run in the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat of Derby County at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Anthony Knockaert and Jurgen Locadia scored in the final dozen minutes of the first half for the Seagulls, who will learn their quarterfinal foe on Monday.

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Substitute Ashley Cole scored in the 80th minute for the Rams, who were heavily outshot in the match.

It was Cole’s first goal in England since 2012, when he bagged a Premier League marker for Chelsea against Stoke City.

Locadia was injured just before the Seagulls conceded, and looked to be in considerable pain with an ankle injury.

American attacker Duane Holmes started up top for Derby but was subbed after 45 minutes. The 24-year-old Columbus-born man has become a regular starter under Lampard.

Sir Alex Ferguson to manage Man Utd in anniversary match

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The 20th Anniversary of Manchester United’s treble, to the day, will see Sir Alex Ferguson managing the club.

This, of course, is for a single night only, as the Red Devils celebrate their 1999 treble with a testimonial of sorts against Bayern Munich, who it beat 2-1 to win the Champions League on May 26, 1999.

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“I’m really looking forward to what will be a special day at Old Trafford. It will be great to catch up with some familiar faces and a great opportunity to support the work of Manchester United Foundation,” Ferguson said.

Players for the game are not confirmed but imagine the possibilities: Peter Schmeichel was across the field from Oliver Kahn. Lothar Matthaus had to deal with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole. David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, and the Neville brothers started or were in the 18.

Keep in mind that Solskjaer scored the winner for Ferguson’s United that day at the Camp Nou, as the Red Devils scored twice in stoppage time for a remarkable comeback win.