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Paraguay coach Osorio denies reports of his resignation

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According to ESPN reporter Tom Marshall, Paraguay national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio has denied reports out of Paraguay that he has resigned from his post without having taken charge of a single match.

Osorio was hired by Paraguay in September after stepping down post-World Cup from his position in charge of the Mexican national team.

Sistema Nacional de Television reporter Javier Sosa Briganti tweeted on Sunday evening that Osorio had stepped down due to a payment disagreement with the Paraguayan federation. Marshall, however, reported just two hours later that Osorio had told him the initial reports were false.

While Osorio’s desire to take charge of his home country has been quite public, Colombia has recently hired Portuguese boss Carlos Queiroz. His spell in charge of Mexico saw him lead to a successful period that included World Cup wins over Germany and South Korea, but ultimately ended after yet another Round of 16 defeat to Brazil.

Paraguay was recently drawn into a difficult Copa America group that includes Argentina, Colombia, and Qatar. Osorio will take charge of his first match with Paraguay in March as the country plays against Peru and Mexico in international friendlies, with the Copa America set to begin in mid-June.

According to Marshall’s report, Osorio has been scouting Paraguayan players of late, traveling most recently to Argentina where he met with Atletico Banfield technical director Hernan Crespo. National team players that play in Argentina include Boca Juniors defender Junior Alonso, River Plate defender Jorge Moreira, and Godoy Cruz defender Danilo Ortiz who is currently on loan to Paraguayan side Libertad.

Watch Live: Manchester City v. Chelsea

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Chelsea looks to beat Manchester City for the second time in all of this season’s competitions when it visits the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Willian and Mateo Kovacic are the biggest names on the bench for the visitors, while Leroy Sane and David Silva will have to wait for their Man City introduction.

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Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Sterling, Bernardo, Aguero. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Sane, Silva, Mahrez, Otamendi, Jesus.

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Pedro, Higuain, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic, Willian, Giroud.

Watch Live: Everton v. Manchester City

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Manchester City haven’t been able to call themselves Premier League leaders in nearly two months’ time — Dec. 15, for one night only, to be exact — but the defending champions have the opportunity to completely erase what was at two different times a seven-point deficit to Liverpool with a win away to Everton on Wednesday. (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Though it might only be temporary — until Liverpool are once again level on games played — Pep Guardiola‘s side would apply even more pressure than the Reds have felt in recent outings by reclaiming the top spot.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for something of a favor from the blue half of Merseyside, though the likelihood of such an upset seems unlikely with the Toffees having won just three of their last 12 games in the PL.

Hit the link above to stream Wednesday’s showdown at Goodison Park and watch all of the title-race drama unfold.

LINEUPS

Everton: Pickford; Kenny, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gueye, Davies, Andre Gomes; Walcott, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin | SUBS: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Schneiderlin, McCarthy, Sigurdsson, Tosun, Richarlison

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Otamendi, Laporte; Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva; Sane, Bernardo, Aguero | SUBS: Muric, Danilo, Sterling, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus, Zinchenko

Watch Live: Manchester City v. Arsenal

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Manchester City looks to return to second place on the Premier League table and put a bit of heat on the leaders when Arsenal visits the Etihad Stadium on Sunday (Watch live at 11:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

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Arsenal needs a win to keep pace with fourth-place Chelsea, though it’s remarkably unlikely the Gunners scoop the five goals of differential they’d need to reclaim the spot on Sunday.

Pretty sure Unai Emery would settle for a point from the Etihad, though City has lost four of nine in league play.

LINEUPS

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Silva, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Stones, Delph, Sané, Mahrez, Jesus.

Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Kolasinac, Mustafi, Monreal, Koscielny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Iwobi, Aubameyang, Lacazette. Subs: Cech, Mavropanos, Elneny, Ramsey, Ozil, Suarez, Nketiah.

Guardiola: Man City ‘has to demand more from ourselves’

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Sunday’s 3-0 win at Huddersfield Town did not see Manchester City at its best, and the match didn’t require it, but manager Pep Guardiola was visibly perturbed by his side’s showing at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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City led 1-0 at the break on a deflected Danilo strike but came to life with an improved second frame that saw them score in the 54th and 56th minutes.

They got what they earned, says Guardiola. That’s not a compliment. From the BBC:

“The way we played we didn’t deserve more than three goals. We will improve in the future. We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it’s difficult. They defended deep and man to man.

“What we have done so far has been incredible, in the league and the Carabao Cup. We have an incredible number of points. But this game can teach us and show what we have to do to improve.”

Opening scorer Danilo admitted that City didn’t have the right intensity in the first half, while Leroy Sane said Pep put them right at halftime.

“He always tries to give us the solution and he did it again,” said Sane, who had a goal and an assist. “I think everyone could see in the second half it was much better.”

City starts a three-match week on Wednesday with the second leg of the League Cup semifinal at Burton Albion (City leads 9-0). It’s home to Burnley in the FA Cup on Saturday before visiting Newcastle on Jan. 29.